The Kootenay ICE (18-21-3-0) are still seeking their first win of 2018.
The ICE are in the midst of a five game losing streak dating back to January 1st.
Kootenay will hit the road for a clash with the Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-19-3-0) tomorrow.
“[It’s a] divisional game [and] they’re tied with us in the standings, it’s going to be a huge game.” says ICE captain Colton Kroeker. “We have to come out and play 100 per cent, it’s going to be a good game and a lot of fun.”
Kroeker says they feel refreshed after a tough road trip last week that saw them lose five straight games in six days.
“Having a week off of games has to help, it’s tough having those five in six but it can’t be an excuse though.” says Kroeker. “We just have to come out and play our system and I think we’ll be fine.”
Kootenay hasn’t been able to beat their Central Division rivals this season and have been outscored 10-0 in the pair of games against the Canes.
Kootenay’s five-game losing skid comes after they strung together five straight victories to close out 2017.
The ICE also announced they’ve recalled goalie Jesse Makaj Friday morning.
Makaj has a goals against average of 3.28 in 11 games with the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the BC Major Midget League.
Kootenay returns home Sunday for an afternoon bout against the Saskatoon Blades (21-19-2-1).
The ICE are tied for second in their division with the Hurricanes and sit 10 points behind Medicine Hat for the division lead.
– Colton Kroeker, Kootenay ICE captain