The Kootenay ICE snapped a four game losing streak Friday night in a 4-3 win over the Red Deer Rebels.
Ryan Pouliot netted the game-winner on a 5-on-3 power play with just 3:29 remaining in the third period.
Kootenay was outshot 42-35 when it was all said and done but Bailey Brkin stood tall making 39 saves in the winning effort.
“Bailey came up with two unreal saves to keep us down by one at that time.” says Head Coach James Patrick.
“It feels like a long time since we’ve won a game.” says Patrick. “Fortunately a lot of our division has done the same thing so we’ve been able to hold our spot.”
The ICE were down 2-0 early, which has been a recurring theme this year, but Peyton Krebs says the win speaks of the resiliency of the team.
“There was lots of good things that happened and it turned into some goals and we got a good win tonight.” explains Krebs.
The 16-year old had three assists and continues to live up to his reputation as a dangerous playmaker.
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Brett Davis, Keenan Taphorn and Colton Veloso were credited for Kootenay’s other goals.
“I was happy for Keenan to get rewarded, I know it wasn’t a pretty goal but he does the grunt work for that line and [Kroeker and Baer] like playing with him.” says Patrick. “I think he’s starting to make some plays, he’s a better player now than he was two months ago.”
Jonathan Smart and Cole Muir both made their ICE debuts tonight after being traded from the Regina Pats for former Kootenay captain Cale Fleury.
“I knew a couple guys here [before I came].” says Smart. “I was good friends with Jeff de Wit in [Regina] and it’s nice to have some guys you know to ease you into the room but all the guys seem really welcoming and it seems like a good place to be.”
Ryan Pouliot wasn’t the only one in the family enjoying success Friday as his younger brother, Sam Pouliot, netted his first ever WHL goal tonight for the visiting Rebels.
“I know I had to get back at him there and getting the game winner was definitely the way to do it.” Ryan Pouliot said with a grin on his face.
“I’m really happy for him.” says Ryan Pouliot. “It took me a year and a half [to score in the WHL] and for him to get one in his first year is good for him so I’m really happy for him.”
Kootenay will hop on the bus and head to Red Deer for the latter half of a home and home.
The two teams are all tied up for second place in the Central Division with 19 points each.