The Kootenay ICE remain focused on making the playoffs despite falling out of position.
The ICE are in Medicine Hat on Tuesday taking on the Tigers.
Head Coach James Patrick says clinching a postseason berth is still the main objective.
“It’s been a goal all year long, playoff hockey.” says Patrick. “We’ve talked about that we’ve needed to be in that playoff mode here for a couple weeks and I know deep down the players really want it.”
The ICE are losers of 10 of their last 12 games, four of which were against divisional opponents.
Kootenay sits two points behind the Red Deer Rebels for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.
“All the guys want to make the playoffs real bad.” explains Patrick. “We haven’t done enough in the last three weeks to help our cause but we’re going to have to turn it around quickly.”
The Tigers have gotten the best of the ICE this season, winning three of four matches thus far and outscoring Kootenay 23-10.
Just 11 games remain on the schedule for Kootenay. Eight of those games come against Central Division rivals.
You can listen to Tuesday’s game on The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 6:35.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach