The Kootenay ICE (4-5-1-0) edged the Moose Jaw Warriors (7-2-0-0) 2-1 Tuesday night.
The ICE opened the scoring in the second period off a shot credited to Vince Loschiavo from Bobby Russell and Sam Huston.
Once Moose Jaw evened the score it was Brett Davis who ended Kootenay’s dry spell on the power play to give the ICE the lead that would eventually be the game-winning goal.
Head Coach James Patrick says he’s excited about the way the team played.
“I think they were rewarded for a great effort.” says Patrick. “Playing the system, playing smart, playing to our strengths and trying to counter their strengths.”
The only other team Moose Jaw has lost to this season is the Eastern Conference leading Swift Current Broncos.
Patrick says they have the ability to beat any team in the league.
“I just think for us to be in these games, to play these games [and] to come through with these wins are great learning experiences for all our guys.” says Patrick. “For young guys, for guys who haven’t had a lot of these in the last couple years, you [have] to play, you have to experience trying to protect one goal leads.”
Goaltender Bailey Brkin stopped 28 of 29 Moose Jaw shots which earned him first star of the game.
“They guys made it easy on me tonight.” says Brkin. “Everything was from the outside, they let me see the puck and tied up sticks and it was a great game by all the guys.”
The Kootenay ICE will be back in action Friday night in Medicine Hat for their first date of the season with the Tigers.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach