A three-goal third period comeback wasn’t enough to secure a victory Monday afternoon for the Kootenay ICE.
The ICE were edged 5-4 by the Medicine Hat Tigers in overtime to open the second half of the season.
Kootenay opened the third period by giving up two shorthanded goals, both scored by James Hamblin, but two goals from Alec Baer and another from Cameron Hausinger forced the extra frame.
“I think that [third period] was one of our best periods of the year.” says Baer. “I think every line was moving their feet and we just outworked them for a full 20 minutes and it obviously showed.”
Hausinger’s goal extended his point streak to seven games. He has a total of 10 points in his last seven contests.
“I work a lot with [Assistant Coach Gordon Burnett] and he helps me after practices and really shows me a lot of video and takes his time to help me.” says Hausinger. “Obviously my linemates contribute a lot too, [Brett] Davis has been good for us and Kaeden [Taphorn] as well, whether it’s Kaeden or [Gilian] Kohler, they both have [done] well for us.”
Head Coach James Patrick says Hausinger is a competitive guy that can play in all situations.
“He’s an emotional player, a fiery player.” says Patrick. “Once you move up in levels of hockey you don’t score unless you take away the goalies eyes and he’s done it better than anyone on the team.”
Kristian Rubins potted the overtime winner for the Tigers who now climb five points ahead of the ICE for the Central Division lead.
Kootenay has points in each of their last seven games going 5-0-2-0 over that span.
The ICE begin a five-game road trip in Lethbridge Tuesday followed by games against Swift Current, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and another against the Canes.
Kootenay is now 18-17-3-0 this season and remain second in the Central, four points ahead of third place Lethbridge.
– Alec Baer, Kootenay ICE forward