The Kootenay ICE continue to end up on the losing side of one-goal games.
The ICE fell 4-3 to Medicine Hat on home ice Sunday afternoon.
The loss extends Kootenay’s losing streak to eight, their longest of the season.
Defenceman Bobby Russell says they continue to break down late in games.
“We’re a pretty desperate group right now and we can’t be losing games especially when we’re close throughout the game and we just slip up late in the periods.” explains Russell. “I think it’s just tightening stuff down in the third period and we should be fine.”
Russell scored his first career WHL goal Sunday off a beautiful play by Peyton Krebs.
“It felt pretty good but more importantly we need the win.” says Russell. “I just joined up in the rush, Krebs made the play to me and I just one-timed it.”
Kootenay also took a 5-4 loss to Red Deer in their first shootout of the season on Friday.
Alec Baer, Brett Davis and Peyton Krebs were the Kootenay shooters but all were unsuccessful while Red Deer’s Mason McCarty scored the lone goal to give the Rebels the two points.
The ICE now trail the Rebels by seven points for the third and final playoff spot in the Central Division with five games remaining on the schedule.
Kootenay and Red Deer play twice in those five games; March 16th in Red Deer and March 17th in Cranbrook to finish the season.
The ICE are back in action hosting the Regina Pats on Friday.
– Bobby Russell, Kootenay ICE defenceman