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Posted: December 31, 2017

ICE begin 2018 with key divisional matchup at home

The Kootenay ICE will ring in 2018 with a key Central Division New Year’s Day game against the Medicine Hat Tigers.

This will be the third meeting of the season between the ICE and the Tigers and the first time both teams have met at Western Financial Place. The Tigers currently sit in first place in the Western Hockey League Central Division – the ICE trail the Tigers by four points.

ICE fans are encouraged to wear festive apparel and clothing to celebrate the New Year! The fan with the best New Year’s celebration clothing will receive a $50 gift card to the ICE Gear Store. In addition, second place will receive a $25 gift card to Don Cherry’s Sports Grill. The winners will be announced live during the third period.

Please note that puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The ICE encourage fans to purchase tickets online at ICEcountry.ca to avoid lineups at the box office. The ICE Gear Store opens at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day while the box office will open at 2 p.m.

After the January 1 game the ICE don’t play at home until Sunday, January 14 against the Saskatoon Blades. That game is a Family Fun Day game presented by Ktunaxa Nation Council and it’s also Billet Recognition Night.

Young sniper recalled

The ICE also announced Friday its recalled 2001-born forward Jakin Smallwood (pictured).

The Western Hockey League club acquired Smallwood from the Moose Jaw Warriors on December 11.

Smallwood has played in 23 games for the Leduc Oil Kings Midget AAA of the AMHL this season. He’s registered over a point per game, recording 11 goals and 26 points in those 23 games.

The Leduc, Alberta native leads his team in goals and is second in points.

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