The Kootenay ICE fell 5-2 to the Portland Winterhawks Tuesday night.
The ICE were outshot 55-39 with goaltender Bailey Brkin making 50 saves.
Skyler McKenzie and Cody Glass both had a three point nights for Portland.
Cameron Hausinger and Gilian Kohler were credited with goals for the ICE.
The ICE beat themselves up with an 0 for 6 power play and Head Coach James Patrick says they became very undiscipline when things weren’t going their way.
“Penalties are 4-0 and we’re yelling at the ref and arguing with the ref when we’ve had four [power plays] and they haven’t had one? We stopped playing because the ref didn’t make a call?” says Patrick. “It’s undiscipline, it’s immature [and] it’s my fault because if they think they can get away with that, just some of the behaviour was inexcusable.”
Peyton Krebs was given the first minor penalty of the game for the ICE with minimal time remaining in the second but argued and earned an additional two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Patrick adds Kootenay is not as skilled a team as the Winterhawks and being outworked is something that cannot happen against a team of that caliber.
“It really frustrates me when they’ve got high-end players, leading scorers in this league, who out back-check some of our so-called leaders.” says Patrick. “If you’re not that good of a player, you better back check, you better block shots, you better do the little things.”
The bench boss says they’re taking no moral victories from the defeat.
“I’m disappointed and frustrated with how we cracked.” says Patrick. “[Bailey Brkin] was real good…Sebastian Streu was our best forward…Sam Huston was our best defenceman but I’m not taking anything from this.”
Kootenay is back in action Friday in Edmonton taking on the Oil Kings.
– Head Coach James Patrick, Kootenay ICE