A late third period collapse was the downfall for the Kootenay ICE in a 5-2 loss to Lethbridge Monday.
Kootenay owned a 2-1 lead early in the final frame but Lethbridge marched back late in the period to ultimately take away the two points.
Brad Morrison scored the game-tying and game-winning goal for the ‘Canes while former ICE forward Jake Elmer netted the fourth for insurance.
“I think for the most part we played okay.” says ICE forward Alec Baer. “Both teams were tired coming from a long road trip but for the most part it was a chess match and we cracked first.”
It was the fourth time in five games that Lethbridge put the ICE in checkmate this season.
Baer and Colton Veloso scored the lone goals for the ICE as Lethbridge goaltender Logan Flodell made a series of highlight reel saves to help carry the ‘Canes to victory.
The loss narrows the gap to just two points between Kootenay and Red Deer for the third and final playoff spot in the Central Division.
“Every point counts whether you get one or two.” says Baer. “Games like this, you have to at least bring it to overtime because every point’s going to count at the end.”
Red Deer defeated Prince George 4-0 Monday afternoon and have been streaking as of late, winning seven of their last ten games.
The ICE are back in action Wednesday hosting the Saskatoon Blades, another team fighting for playoff position.
– Alec Baer, Kootenay ICE forward