'Good weekend' as Kootenay Ice snap losing streak
Now’s not the time to break out the champagne, but grabbing three of the possible four points is a reason to celebrate for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club.
The Ice tied 6-6 and won 3-1 over North Island Silvertips during a BC Hockey Major Midget League series at the NDCC Arena.
“It was a real good weekend for us . . . we had no passengers,” said Ice coach Brian Jones.
“Goaltending was strong all weekend . . . Curt Doyle played Saturday and Ben Kelsch Sunday,” Jones added.
“Connor Seib had a strong weekend on the blue line while Bradley Ross, Aiden Jenner Hunter Floris and Shawn Campbell supplied most of the offense.”
Jones and the Ice players felt they let a point slip away when Keaton Mastrodonato, with this second of the game, scored with 28 seconds remaining in the game Saturday to allow North Island to steal a 6-6 tie.
“We were up 4-1 after one but a lack of discipline against a very chippy North Island team got the best of us in the second period,” Jones explained.
“I thought we deserved better.”
Floris and Ross, each with a pair, led Kootenay in scoring while Jenner and Campbell added singles.
Kootenay scored three times on the power play during the contest.
Sunday, after a scoreless first period, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jenner.
North Island’s Kyle Pow tied the game four minutes into the third before Kootenay struck for a pair of goals to secure the victory.
“I thought we kept our composure and were patient and stuck with our system,” said Jones.
“We got a power play goal with a 1:30 left and then an empty netter.”
Kootenay remains in the cellar of the BCMMHL, three points behind the Silvertips.
The Ice travels to Abbotsford this weekend for a pair of games against the fifth-place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.
Kootenay concludes the season at home February 27-28 hosting the third-place Vancouver Northwest Giants.