ICE launch WHL season 20 tonight at home
The Kootenay ICE kicks off its 2018-19 Western Hockey League regular season schedule with a home date against the Calgary Hitmen this evening (Sept. 22).
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The ICE are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, September 15. That contest was the final pre-season game for both teams.
The ICE received goals from Sebastian Streu and Valtteri Kakkonen, while Jonathan Smart, Connor McClennon, Loeden Schaufler and Keenan Taphorn registered the assists. Goaltender Jesse Makaj made 22-saves in the loss. The ICE outshot the Hitmen 44-25.
The ICE went 1-for-8 on the power play, 0-for-1 on the penalty kill and won 24 of 58 faceoffs.
The ICE finished the 2018 pre-season with a record of 2-4-1-0.
The Hitmen are coming off of a perfect pre-season, collecting six victories in all six games it played in. In fact, the Hitmen were the only WHL team to win every game during pre-season.
The ICE and the Hitmen played seven times during the 2017-18 campaign. The ICE registered a record of 5-1-0-1 against its division rival.
Tickets can be purchased at the ICE Gear Store at Western Financial Place or online.