The Kootenay ICE three game win streak was snapped Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Two goals from Brett Davis, the ICE January Player of the Month, wasn’t enough to carry Kootenay to victory.
Jonathan Smart also had a pair of assists in the losing effort.
It was a rough game with Edmonton’s gritty style of play outshining the young Kootenay squad.
Head Coach James Patrick says they need to use their speed against a physical team like Edmonton.
“We have to just comepete, fight and try to get engaged.” says Patrick. “I don’t mean get in any scrums or anything like that, I mean during the game you have to be able to have two hands on your stick and battle for the puck.”
Patrick says they didn’t come to compete.
“I thought they outworked us, that’s the bottom line.” says Patrick. “You can’t say it was everyone but I thought we had too many passengers.”
The ICE haven’t been able to beat the Oil Kings on home ice in three attempts this season.
Kootenay is now 23-24-3-0 on the season and remains third in the Central Division.
The ICE are back in action Friday versus the Spokane Chiefs.