Kootenay Ice goaltender Wyatt Hoflin and forwards Levi Cable (#26)

Kootenay Ice goaltender Wyatt Hoflin and forwards Levi Cable (#26)

Rebels edge

The Kootenay Ice managed to scrape a single point out of the Red Deer Rebels in a shootout setback Friday night

Kootenay Ice forward Levi Cable wasn’t about to let his team fall to the Red Deer Rebels in regulation Friday night. With massive Central Division points on the line, the native of Hudson Bay, Sask., delivered his 27th goal of the season late in the third period to force overtime and help his team scrape a point out of a stingy Rebels squad.

“The single point is huge, especially since we’re chasing these guys and we’re trying to get away from Edmonton below us,” Cable said Friday night. “Every point matters. Wish we could have got that extra point in the end there, but it was nice to even get that one point.”

Despite Cable’s efforts, the Ice fell 2-1 in the shootout after Riley Sheen slid the skills competition winner underneath a sprawled Wyatt Hoflin.

Prior to that, with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, the 5-foot-11 Cable blazed into Rebels territory before captain Sam Reinhart found him with a great feed in a prime location.

“We just got an odd-man rush going the other way and Sam fed me behind the guys,” Cable said. “I was all alone there and had quite a bit of time to shoot. I just went glove side.”

Cable’s recounting of the goal makes it sound so humble and matter-of-fact, but the fact of the matter was the WHL over-ager unleashed a screamer of a wrist shot that ricocheted off the back bar behind Rebels goaltender Rylan Toth and straight out, bringing 2,200 fans at Western Financial Place to their feet.

As was to be expected, Friday’s affair was of the tight-checking variety with scoring chances coming at a premium.

Through 40 minutes of play, Rebels forward Brooks Maxwell was the only goal-scorer to find the promised land, putting a rebound goal past Hoflin 4:20 into the first period.

By the end of the night, the Ice had outshot the Rebels 31-22, including a 17-8 margin in the first period.

“In the first period we were getting shots to the net and getting bodies to the net, getting those rebounds,” Cable said. “We went away from that a little bit in the second.

“We’ve just got to keep going and bring that first period over.”

Consistency has been a hot topic of conversation surrounding the 2014-15 edition of the Kootenay Ice. Upon returning from a four-game eastern road swing, head coach Ryan McGill reiterated the desire to see more consistency from his group through the final eight games of the season.

“We’ve just got to keep our minds focused,” Cable said of the search for consistency. “We can’t get off track of our game plan. We’ve got to keep playing our game plan all throughout the game. If we keep doing that consistently, that’s how we’ll get wins.”

For Red Deer, Toth turned aside 30 shots, as well as two of three in the shootout to backstop his team to victory Friday night.

At the other end, Hoflin was good on 21 of 22 shots, before surrendering two goals on two attempts in the shootout.

The shootout victory moves the Rebels eight points ahead of the Ice for third place in the WHL’s Central Division.

For the Ice, the single point pushes them three ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the first wild-card seed in the WHL’ Eastern Conference.

The Ice hit the highway once again Saturday night, travelling to Medicine Hat for a meeting with the Tigers.

“We’ve got to play our game. We’ve got to play how we play when we play our best,” Cable said. “We’ve got to bring it for a whole 60 minutes because the Tigers are a good team. They’ve been struggling recently but they’re a lot better than their last few games say. We’ve got to bring it.”

The Tigers are 4-6-0-0 through their previous 10 games, while the Ice are 5-2-1-2 through their previous 10 outings.

Notes: The Kootenay Ice went without D Bryan Allbee, D Dylan Overdyk, F Austin Wellsby and D Tanner Faith (shoulder, three to five months) Friday night… The Red Deer Rebels were without D Colton Bobyk (lower body injury), F Conner Bleackley (lower body injury), F Austin Adamson and F Evan Polei…  F Tim Bozon played his 100th game as a member of the Kootenay Ice, while D Rinat Valiev played the 100th game of his WHL career…

 

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read