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Posted: March 23, 2015

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:

Luke Philp
Luke Philp

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 РWyatt Hoflin

EKC Community Relations Award РZak Zborosky

Cale Fleury
Cale Fleury

Rocky Mountain Diesel Scholastic Player of the Year РCale Fleury

Fan Club Player of the Year РLuke Philp

Haddad Financial Services 3 Stars РWyatt Hoflin, Tim Bozon, Luke Philp

Steeples Construction Player of the Month for March РAustin Vetterl

EKC Community Player of the Month for March РKeelan 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.*

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