Kootenay ICE take on Tigers, Chiefs, Giants

The ICE will play three games in three nights as they try to get in the win column.

The Kootenay ICE will look to get into the win column this weekend with three games in three nights.

On Jan. 4 the ICE will be in Medicine Hat to face the Tigers who are fourth in the central division.

Having recently played the Tigers on Dec. 28 in a 4-1 loss there isn’t much unknown about the team.

“They are a team we have played some good hockey against,” said head coach James Patrick.

“For us to play a better game we are going to have to eliminate our turnovers. Blind turnovers to the bad areas allow a good skating team – which they are – to come back the other way.”

The ICE are coming off of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Victoria Royals on Dec. 31, and Patrick says the team can build off of it.

“We are going to need a real solid 60 minutes. They are a good team, Medicine Hat is a team that can play with anyone. They play their system as well as anyone, they block more shots than any team we play against and its tough to get shots on net,” he said.

With the recent trades, Patrick says Marco Creta will fit the need of the team.

“He’s a solid two-way defenceman who can play some power play time, and he’s a left-hander so he fits our need of someone on the left side … I think he’s going to be a big addition to our team,” he said.

The ICE currently sit last in the central division and have an 8-24-6-1 record. To keep morale and spirits up, Patrick said they have been looking at the small steps within the games.

“There was no joy in the room after losing a game and it’s hard to take small steps or look at small victories. But, we have been in a lot of games it’s just been tough finding the [win],” he said.

Looking at the game in different ways has been a major aspect for the team.

“We have tried to challenge our players on some of the stuff we track: turnovers; giveaways/takeaways; block shots; 50/50 battles. If we can get better in those areas those are small details that lead to the team playing better,” said Patrick.

The ICE will be back at Western Financial Place on Jan. 5 to face the Spokane Chiefs, puck drop is 7 p.m.

“We lost in overtime last time in Spokane, we played close games against them. Another team I think we have played really competitive with,” said Patrick, noting he isn’t sure if Jaret Anderson-Dolan or Ty Smith will be back from the World Juniors and in the Chiefs lineup.

Less than 24 hours later the ICE will be taking on the Vancouver Giants when local Byram Bowen comes to town.

“I know very little about them,” Patrick said about the Giants since they only play once a year.

“Just pre-scout tape is all you can do. We have seen that B.C. division with Victoria last game … I felt like I had a good feeling for them, but it isn’t until you play them. I have a better feeling for Victoria now after we end up playing them and you see them up close. It will be the same way with Vancouver.”

Puck drop is 4 p.m. at Western Financial Place.



jessica.dempsey@cranbrooktownsman.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Cranbrook names 2019-20 Youth Ambassadors

Sheila Martine (Princess) and Faith McWhirter (Sweetheart) chosen at Friday night pageant

College, Ktunaxa sign new agreement building on long-standing partnership

An agreement between the College of the Rockies and the Ktunaxa Nation… Continue reading

It happened this week in Cranbrook: 1912

June 9-15: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Government must at least try to act on forestry issues, MLA Clovechok says

Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok says the situation with the forest… Continue reading

Wasa Triathlon has successful weekend

Hundreds of athletes converged in Wasa Park to take part in the annual event

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read