ICE and Hitmen facing off in first round
The Kootenay ICE and Calgary Hitmen will once again faceoff in the best-of-seven Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Quarter-Final starting March 27 in Cowtown.
The ICE (37-31-1-3) finished the regular season in the first Eastern Conference wild-card place. Kootenay posted a 3-4-0-0 record against the Calgary Hitmen in seven regular season meetings (2-2-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime).
This will mark the second consecutive season in which the ICE and Hitmen meet in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
The Kootenay ICE last week also handed out their 17th annual team awards. Nine different players were recognized for their achievements.
The individual winners are listed below:
Rod Hunter Ltd. Players Award – Luke Philp
Apollo Ristorante Most Valuable Player – Luke Philp
Ron’s Collision / Dixon’s Service Centre Top Defenseman – Rinat Valiev
Alpine Toyota Rookie of the Year – Cale Fleury
Skyway Distributors Most Improved Player – Matt Alfaro
BDO Canada LLP Most Underrated Player – Wyatt Hoflin
EKC Community Relations Award – Zak Zborosky
Rocky Mountain Diesel Scholastic Player of the Year – Cale Fleury
Fan Club Player of the Year – Luke Philp
Haddad Financial Services 3 Stars – Wyatt Hoflin, Tim Bozon, Luke Philp
Steeples Construction Player of the Month for March – Austin Vetterl
EKC Community Player of the Month for March – Keelan Williams
The Boston Pizza Top Playoff Performer will be announced at the conclusion of the
2015 WHL Playoffs.
First round schedule
Friday, March 27: Kootenay at Calgary 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 29: Kootenay at Calgary 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31: Calgary at Kootenay 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1: Calgary at Kootenay 7 p.m.
Friday, April 3: Kootenay at Calgary 7 p.m.*
Saturday, April 4: Calgary at Kootenay 7 p.m.*
Monday, April 6: Kootenay at Calgary 7 p.m.*