The Kootenay ICE are back home Tuesday night taking on the Portland Winterhawks.
The ICE are coming off back-to-back wins against Red Deer over the weekend.
Portland is red-hot entering tonight’s game having won six straight contests.
Head Coach James Patrick says the ICE are starting to put together more sixty-minute efforts.
“I think we’ve spread out the offence in the offensive zone.” says Patrick. “We’ve tried to get teams away from having such a collapse, we’ve talked a lot about trying to get bodies around the net and get some ugly goals, we still have to do a better job of that.”
The ICE are 7-5-1-0 at home this season.
Patrick hopes their strong play at home lately will continue tonight.
“Maybe playing the best opponent we’ve played all year I think we have to play three solid periods and we have to have as good a start as possible.” says Patrick. “We’ve played some good hockey whether it’s against Red Deer, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Spokane over the last two or three weeks so I think hopefully that gives us some confidence that we can play against the best teams in the league.”
Colton Kroeker will make his debut as captain of the ICE after being given the “C” Monday afternoon.
Puck drops at 7 PM at Western Financial Place.
Brant Hilton has the call on The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 6:35.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach