The Kootenay ICE say they are taking no moral victories from Thursday night’s 5-4 loss to the Red Deer Rebels.
The ICE spotted the Rebels a three goal lead in the first period and were never able to recover.
Head Coach James Patrick says they need to be ready to play when the right clock starts in the first peripd.
“You can’t show up in this league and spot a team a three goal lead and wait 15 minutes before you’re ready to play.” says Patrick. “It’s on me if the team’s not ready to play, they weren’t ready to play and our key guys weren’t ready to play.”
Patrick says their special teams struggled all game once again.
“[Red Deer]’s shot blocking was the difference.” says Patrick. “They blocked shots and we didn’t, for that second power play for us to not be in shot lanes, it can’t happen.”
Mason McCarty earned a hat trick on the road for Red Deer.
Kurtis Chapman started for the ICE stopping 25 of 30 Red Deer shots.
Captain Cale Fleury returns from suspension Saturday when the ICE host the Everett Silvertips.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach