The Kootenay ICE are in tough on the road Wednesday versus the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers.
Last time the two teams met the ICE lost 5-4 in overtime but Head Coach James Patrick was praising the effort.
Patrick hopes they can have the same type of energy tonight.
“The challenge that they presented last time, I thought we really matched up to it.” says Patrick. “I’m just hoping the memory of that, I hope we can build off it.”
The ICE are coming off a 7-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades that snapped a six-game losing streak.
Patrick says they can pull off another convicing victory tonight if they stick to their fundementals.
“We talked more about shorter shifts and playing our system right, good puck management which means no turnovers at the lines and don’t allow them to pounce on your mistakes.” explains Patrick.
The ICE are being led in January by captain Colton Kroeker who has a goal and seven assists in seven games.
Kootenay enters Wednesday’s game with a 19-22-3-0 record and sit third in the Central Division, 11 points behind the first place Tigers.
Wednesday’s game can be heard live on The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 6:35.
– James Patrick, Kootenay ICE Head Coach