The Kootenay ICE finish their three-game home stand Tuesday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
This will be the second clash with the Warriors this season after falling 5-2 in Moose Jaw on October 6th.
Forward Alec Baer says staying discipline will play a huge factor.
“We’ve had that problem all year, we always harp about it in the locker room but we end up taking a couple too many penalties and it’s obviously hurt us a couple times.” says Baer. “If we can keep discipline, keep 5-on-5, even get some power plays of our own I think we should be good.”
The ICE have given up seven goals on the penalty kill in their last four games and struggled on the power play going 0 for their last 21.
Baer says playing a two-way game will also be important against the Warriors.
“We [have] to get guys back.” says Baer. “They get a lot on the rush so if we can get all five guys tracking back [and] shut those down I think we should be able to contain them.”
Rookie forward Peyton Krebs has been a highlight for the club nearly one month into the season.
The 16-year old has posted 10 points in nine games for the ICE.
Krebs says they got off to a great start against Moose Jaw in their first meeting.
“I think we need to carry that start throughout the whole game this coming game and if we do that I think we’ll be successful.” explains Krebs. “We just [have] to stick to the system that [Head Coach] James [Patrick] puts forth and I think we’ll be having great success for sure.”
Puck drops Tuesday at 7 PM at Western Financial Place.
Following Tuesday’s game the ICE will head to Medicine Hat for a date with the Tigers on Friday.
– Alec Baer, Kootenay ICE forward
– Peyton Krebs, Kootenay ICE forward
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