The Kootenay ICE are back in the win column after a hard-fought overtime win versus the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The ICE, who came into tonight’s contest riding a six-game losing streak, started hot.
Jaeger White opened the scoring just 1:18 into the first on a 2 on 1 rush with Petyon Krebs.
Those two would connect a few more times before the final buzzer.
A power play goal from Brandon defender Chase Hartje would tie the game after he fired a quick-release wrist shot from the left circle which found its way past Duncan McGovern.
The ICE would re-take the lead shortly after courtesy of a battle on the boards between Peyton Krebs and three Wheat Kings skaters, Krebs would win the battle and the puck found it’s way to a waiting Jaeger White in the slot who converted for his second goal of the game and 8th of the season.
Brandon managed to strike back before the first period ended after a Kootenay breakdown in their own zone led to a tally for forward Marcus Sekundiak.
The second period was one for the goalies as both teams had great chances but McGovern and Wheat King keeper Jiri Patera were able to hold all shooters off the board.
The Wheat Kings managed to take a brief lead in the third after a short-handed breakaway led to a Zach Wytinck goal to make the score 3-2 for Brandon.
Kootenay would respond on that same power play when Jonathan Smart sent a wrist shot through a crowd from the point to make it a 3-3 tie.
Both teams pushed to end the game in regulation but extra time was needed.
The overtime frame featured plenty of back and forth action, but the game was sealed after Jaeger White poked a puck out to centre which Peyton Krebs was able to catch up to.
Krebs outskated the back-checking Brandon defender and buried the overtime marker on a breakaway to seal the victory.
Krebs says they needed the win.
“It was huge, I think for the group, for the coaches and the management and even our city. We needed a win tonight and the guys did a great job.”
Both Krebs and White had 3-point nights to lead the team’s offensive output.
The ICE outshot Brandon 34-30 and were 1/8 on the power play.
The next game for the ICE happens Friday when the Edmonton Oil Kings come to town.
– Peyton Krebs – Forward, Kootenay ICE