The Kootenay ICE host the Regina Pats on Friday with their playoff hopes hanging by a thread.
The ICE are seven points behind the Red Deer Rebels for postseason position with five games left on the schedule.
Kootenay has lost eight straight entering Friday’s game. Eight games ago the ICE were two points ahead of the Rebels for the third and final playoff spot in the Central Division.
Forward Peyton Krebs says there’s still a sense of hope in the locker room.
“Obviously it’s a massive game, we need it to move on to the playoffs.” says Krebs. “Obviously we need a little bit of help from Red Deer here but we’re just going to work our hardest, do what we can control, that’s the biggest thing and let the result take care of itself.”
Krebs says they need to up the intensity if they want any shot at making it.
“I think from the beginning [of the game] we need to treat it like it’s the last minute and if we do that successfully I think we’ll have a lot of a better shot for sure.” says Krebs. “I think if we bring that energy during the start and throughout the full game and treat every shift like it’s our last this year it’ll help us for sure.”
Cale Fleury also makes his return to Western Financial Place Friday with the Pats.
The ICE round out the weekend in Edmonton for a date with the Oil Kings Sunday.
– Peyton Krebs, Kootenay ICE forward