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Kootenay ICE get back-to-back wins on the road

The ICE look to build on the momentum after wins against Broncos and Pats.

The Kootenay ICE have won two games in a row while on the road.

The ICE went on to shutout the Swift Current Broncos 2-0 on Jan. 15 and then was right back at it against the Regina Pats with a 4-3 win.

The last time the ICE put together two straight wins was Oct.30-Nov.1 against Swift Current and the Saskatoon Blades.

On Jan. 15 goaltender Jesse Makaj recorded his first Western Hockey League shutout. He saved all 16 shots he faced that night.

Jaeger White and Peyton Krebs both had a goal and assist in the game. White leads the ICE with 17 goals on the season, while Krebs leads the team with 51 points for the 2018-19 season.

Only 24-hours later the ICE were in Regina looking to get a win streak going.

Goaltender Curtis Meger made his first start between the pipes for the ICE against his home town. He saw 29 shots throughout the night, while Pats goaltender Dean McNabb saw 22 shots.

Meger, a Regina native, was signed to a standard player agreement on Jan. 9 for the remainder of the season.

The Pats took the early lead with a power-play goal in the first period, but Austin Schellenberg tied the game before the end of the first.

The Pats power play was hot, as they took back the lead early in the second period, but the ICE had Jakin Smallwood, Valterri Kakkonen and Davis Murray all see the back of the net to give the ICE the win.

Kakkonen scored his first WHL goal in the game. He has played in 36 games and has eight points in that time.

The ICE went one for five on the power play, while the Pats were two for nine.

Continuing on their road trip the ICE will have a doubleheader against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Jan. 18 and 19.

The Wheat Kings are 17-18-3-3 on the season and sit fourth in the East Division. While the ICE are 10-29-6-1 and sit sixth in the Central Division.

Stelio Mattheos, Wheat Kings forward, is second in the league for power play goals with 13. The ICE are last in the WHL on the penalty kill at 69.9 per cent. So, that will be one to watch.

The last time the ICE played the Wheat Kings was on Oct. 24 and won 4-3 in overtime.

The ICE will be back to Western Financial Place on Jan. 26 when they take on league-leading Prince Albert Raiders, which is also their Pink the Rink be a Superhero game.

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