The Kootenay ICE look to extend their home winning streak to four Tuesday night against the Regina Pats.
This will be Kootenay’s first match up this season with the 2018 Memorial Cup hosts.
Regina has won four of their last five while the ICE have taken three of their last four contests.
Head Coach James Patrick says big wins over the past week has given the ICE more confidence.
“We’ve got some good players too.” says Patrick. “We’ve got some good older players who have played in this league for a while and we’ve got some good young players so it’s always a learning [process] and you’re getting better from hopefully week to week and month to month.”
The ICE have already upset top-tier teams from the East Division such as the Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos.
Patrick adds they know they’ve got another tough game tonight.
“Pre-season favourite to win the league, I know they’ve dealt with some injuries but we’ve got another team with a great first line so they’re going to give us all we can handle and we’re going to have to be real good.”
Kootenay will have to contain star players like Sam Steel who had 161 points in 89 total games with the Pats last season and already has 15 in the first 10 games of his 2017-18 campaign.
Tanner Sidaway will make also his return to Cranbrook after being traded to the Pats two weeks ago.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach