The Kootenay Ice continue a four-game eastern road swing with a pair of weekend tilts against the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday and Saturday.
“They’re a good team. They move the puck exceptionally well,” said Kootenay Ice head coach Ryan McGill. “Their transition game to move the puck up the ice is probably best in the league and their goaltending is excellent.
“If [Jordan Papirny] can see the puck, he’s going to be real good. They’re a good team and they’re in first place for a reason.”
The Ice have mustered three of a possible four points through two games on this eastern swing, following a 7-6 shootout loss to Swift Current (Tuesday) and 5-4 shootout win over Regina (Wednesday).
“We need to be focused and determined for 60 minutes,” McGill said. “That’s the bottom line. That’s something that’s very hard for our group.”
Following the weekend in Brandon, the Ice return home to host the Red Deer Rebels March 6 at Western Financial Place.
Video highlights: Brandon Wheat Kings 4 at Kootenay Ice 1 (Feb. 7, 2015):