The Kootenay ICE are staying busy this week despite no weekday games.
The ICE are coming off a road trip where they picked up just three of a possible ten points.
Kootenay is still trying to solve their power play struggles after scoring only twice in 22 opportunities on the man advantage during their five game road trip.
Head Coach James Patrick says it’s been a sore spot all season long.
“Almost everyday we spend some time on it in practice.” says Patrick. “We definitely [have] to look at some different options whether it’s different personnel or just shaking up the two units to see if we can get out of the funk we’re in.”
Kootenay is dead last in the WHL in power play percentage (13.2%) and is especially poor on the man advantage away from home (8.2%).
Patrick also says they’ll be working on fine-tuning their blue line ahead of the weekend.
“I thought the last couple of games our defence has some tough nights.” says Patrick. “With our defence right now I just think we have to do a better job of supporting them.”
Kootenay is entering a stretch where they play the rival Calgary Hitmen four games in a row.
The ICE are third in the Central Division, six points up on the fifth place Hitmen.
Patrick says the series is an opportunity to distance themselves from the bottom of the division.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach