The Kootenay ICE finished their season on a high note.
The ICE froze the Red Deer Rebels 5-0 on home ice Saturday after winning 6-2 on the road Friday.
Goaltender Duncan McGovern earned his second shutout of the season stopping all 19 Red Deer shots.
20-year olds Alec Baer, Colton Veloso and captain Colton Kroeker all played in their final junior hockey game Saturday.
Kroeker, who was emotional following Saturday’s win, says his time in the Western Hockey League went by in the blink of an eye.
“Coming into the league as a rookie, as a 17-year old, it obviously feels like it’s going to be a long time but now it’s just flown by.” says Kroeker. “It’s a weird feeling.”
Kroeker, who took over the captain role in November, says the future looks bright in ICE country.
“I want to wish them all the best of luck.” says Kroeker. “I want to wish the coaches [and] the players the best of luck. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the future.”
Kroeker finished his career with 49 goals, 103 assists and 152 points in 252 games.
Veloso, who posted 99 points in 227 career WHL games, says he will continue to follow Kootenay as he moves onto the next chapter of life.
“We had such a close group of guys this year, probably one of the closest I’ve ever had in my whole career.” says Veloso. “With a tight group like that it’s always a lot of fun coming to the rink with those guys. Its something I’ll always remember.”
Alec Baer finished his WHL career with a whopping 342 games played where he regisitered 86 goals and 101 career assists.
The St. Louis Park, Minnesota native is immediately joining the Rapid City Rush, the ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.
“It’s really cool and [playing for the Wild] would be a dream come true for sure.” says Baer. “I get to reset for a couple days here then it’s right back to work.”
The ICE finished fourth in the Central Division with 27-38-5-2 record and miss the playoffs for a third straight season.
– Colton Kroeker, Kootenay ICE captain