A late surge from the Kootenay ICE fell short in a 5-4 loss to the Spokane Chiefs.
The ICE found themselves trailing by two goals late in the final frame but Alec Baer steered his way around three Chiefs players and scored with just 1:41 left on the clock.
The Chiefs’ Tyson Helgesen found himself in the box for tripping with 47 seconds left but the ICE couldn’t capitalize with a 6-on-4 man advantage.
Kurtis Chapman was solid in net stopping 34 of 39 shots. Spokane managed to put 22 shots on net in the first frame but Chapman was able to get in front of every single one.
A two goal night from Cameron Hausinger led the way offensively for Kootenay.
“It’s been back to back games where he’s been probably our best forward.” says Head Coach James Patrick. “He’s an energy guy who needs to skate and he’s not afraid and he showed it tonight, he was playing against high-level competition.”
The 18-year old is having his most productive WHL season yet with seven points in 18 games.
“I want to be a guy that [Head Coach James Patrick] can count on to put in situations.” says Hausinger. “I want to be a guy that he can look to on the bench and in power play situations, [penalty kill] situations, four-on-four, anything to help out and to make him feel comfortable when I’m on the ice.”
Kootenay was still without rookie forward Peyton Krebs who was playing in the gold medal game for Canada Red at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge.
Injuries to Colton Kroeker, Vince Loschiavo, Jeff de Wit and Loeden Schaufler kept all four players out of the lineup as well.
Kootenay’s losing streak now sits at three after falling to Prince Albert Friday night and Brandon last Saturday.
The ICE are back in action Tuesday in Medicine Hat to take on the Central Division leading Tigers.
– Cameron Hausinger, Kootenay ICE foward post-game interview