Reinhart leads WJC scoring; ICE improving
The October return of two scoring stars injected a great deal of life to the Kootenay ICE, who were floundering at the bottom of the Western Hockey League standings.
Thanks to the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadians returning Sam Reinhart and Tim Bozon, the ICE’s attack improved substantially and they’ve been slowly climbing the WHL standings.
The ICE are now fourth in the Central Division with a 20 wins, 17 losses and one shootout loss. They are two points back of the Calgary Hitmen and two ahead of the defending champion Edmonton Oil Kings. The ICE are also currently seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Reinhart is currently playing a vital role in Canada’s quest for their first World Junior Championship title in five years. Playing on Canada’s top line with scoring star Max Domi (London Knights/Arizona Coyotes) and Anthony Duclair (New York Rangers), Reinhart is leading the tourney in scoring with three goals and five helpers in four games.
In 15 games with the ICE he has tallied eight goals and 19 assists. In 23 games Bozon has compiled 13 goals and 18 assists.
Jaedon Descheneau currently leads the team in scoring with 20 goals and 28 assists in 36 games. His 48 points place him in a tie for sixth in league scoring.
Luke Philp, who was top line centre until Reinhart returned, has 42 points in 37 games.
The club’s top scoring defender, Rinat Valiev, is also currently absent with leave, playing for Team Russia in the WJC. He has one assist in four games.
Goaltender Wyatt Hoflin, 18th in league netminding stats, is proof that statistics can be misleading, based on the number of three star selections he’s garnered about way into the 2014/15 season.
December Three Stars
Haddad Financial Services is proud to present the Kootenay ICE 3 Stars all season long.
Each month, the ICE will compile a list of three star recipients from all home and away games. The top three stars at the end of the 2014-15 regular season will win the 3 Star Award.
Players will receive five points each time they are named First Star, three points for Second Star and one point for Third Star.
The top Three Stars for the month of December are:
1. Wyatt Hoflin, 12 points
2. Levi Cable, 8 points
3. Tyler King, 6 points
The 2014-15 season leaders are:
1. Wyatt Hoflin, 38 points
2. Tim Bozon, 20 points
3. Sam Reinhart, 18 points.
Canada’s WJC quest continues this afternoon on TSN, as they faceoff against Denmark, led by Portland Winterhawks/Columbus Blue Jackets Oliver Bjorkstrand and Halifax Mooseheads/Winnipeg Jets prospect Nik Ehlers. Game time is 5:30 p.m. MST.