The Kootenay ICE came out on the losing side of a defensive duel versus the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night.
The Blades edged the ICE 3-2 at Western Financial Place to extend their win streak to three games.
A neutral zone turnover late in the third period gave the Blades’ Michael Farren a chance to score the game winner and he didn’t miss the opportunity.
ICE Head Coach James Patrick says it was a disappointing loss.
“Obviously very heartbreaking for the team, for the fans.” says Patrick. “I thought the last two periods I liked the way we played. I thought we did a lot of good things, we got pucks in deep, we spread the zone and had possession a fair bit.”
The Blades were two for seven on the man advantage. Patrick says the penalty kill wasn’t good enough.
“I think there’s something on both goals we could’ve done to prevent them.” explains Patrick. “I thought we got out too high, opened up too much ice underneath [and] it put us in a hole.”
Colton Veloso and Brett Davis scored for Kootenay. Veloso’s was the 50th of his WHL career, who now has eight points in as many games.
Kootenay is now losers of three straight games and have been outscored 14-4 over that span.
The ICE are back in action on Friday when they host the Tri-City Americans.
NOTE: The Red Deer Rebels defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-1 last night despite being outshot 37-18. Red Deer is now tied with Kootenay for the third and final playoff spot in the Central Division.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach