The Kootenay ICE were able to come out on top 4-2 versus the defending WHL Champion Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night.
Kurtis Chapman got the nod in net for the first time in over two weeks and was outstanding stopping 37 of 39 Thunderbird shots.
“I haven’t started in a while and to know that the boys are behind me and keeping the shots to the outside [they made] it an easy one for me.” says Chapman.
Kootenay has improved their record against US Division teams to 3-0-1-0 this season.
Head Coach James Patrick says they played a great second half after a slow first period.
“The last two periods we really limited opportunities for them.” says Patrick. “There was a lot of examples of guys battling on the puck.”
Kootenay was down by a goal after one period but Vince Loschiavo scored before everyone was even back in their seats to tie the game at one.
Colton Kroeker quickly added another and Peyton Krebs scored what was ultimately the game winner.
An empty net insurance goal from Cameron Hausinger at the end of the game sealed the deal as the ICE move to 6-7-1-0 on the season.
Nolan Orzeck also made his WHL debut and Patrick says he was very impressed.
“He was the best young defenceman in training camp but we just felt for his development it was best for him to go back and play 30 minutes a game in midget.” says Patrick. “As far as hockey smarts and positioning – and he’s got good mobility too – he was the guy I noticed the most in training camp.”
Kootenay will round out a four game homestand Sunday afternoon when they host the Red Deer Rebels.
– Kootenay ICE Head Coach James Patrick post-game interview