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Game 24 - Saskatoon at ICE

December 3, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release


ICE CHIPS

Tonight is the fourth of seven consecutive games for the ICE at the ICE Cave inside Wayne Fleming Arena. The ICE are 2-0-1 earning five out of a possible six points so far. Following tomorrow's rematch against the Blades, Winnipeg hosts the Edmonton Oil Kings Wednesday, December 8th and Saturday, December 11th.

This is the longest homestand of the season for the ICE.

Winnipeg (13-0-1) and Kamloops (5-0) are the only teams in the WHL yet to lose in regulation time on home ice this season.

The ICE have outscored the opposition 82-23 at home.

ICE VS BLADES

Winnipeg is 2-0 versus Saskatoon this season, with five games remaining following tonight.

Eight game schedule: (Nov 13 @ Wpg 4-1 W / Nov 14 @ Wpg 6-0 W / Tonight @ Wpg / Tomorrow @ Wpg / Dec 15 @ Sktn / Jan 22 @ Sktn / Mar 4 @ Sktn / Mar 23 @ Sktn).

The ICE have won nine of their past 11 games versus the Blades, led by Connor McClennon who has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points.

WHO'S HOT

Daniel Hauser is 10-0-1 in 11GP this season.

Gage Alexander is on a personal six game winning streak.

Connor McClennon is on a 12 game point streak (10-12-22).

Matthew Savoie is on a 11 game point streak (7-16-23).

Mikey Milne is on a 11 game point streak (8-10-18).

Jakin Smallwood is on a six game point streak (7-5-12).

Conor Geekie is on a three game point streak (1-4-5).

Ben Zloty is on a two game point streak (0-5-5).

LEAGUE LEADERS

Connor McClennon leads all WHL players with 19 goals.

Matthew Savoie and Ben Zloty share the WHL lead for assists with 26.

Matthew Savoie leads all WHL players with 39 points.

Mikey Milne leads all WHL players with a plus minus rating of +27.

Ben Zloty leads all WHL players with 16 power play assists.

Jakin Smallwood leads all WHL players with six game winning goals.

Ben Zloty leads all WHL defensemen with 28 points.

Matthew Savoie leads all WHL rookies with 13 goals, nine power play goals, 12 power play assists, and a plus minus rating of +19.

OH CANADA

ICE forward Zach Benson is back from the Capital City Challenge in Ottawa with a Gold medal. Benson was one of 66 players selected by Hockey Canada to wear the Maple Leaf at the four team tournament featuring three men's under 17 teams and Canada's National Women's Team. In the Gold Medal game, Benson scored the tying goal for Team Black with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation time to force overtime. They beat Team Red 5-4. Benson led all players in the event with seven goals and 12 points.

WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

ICE defensemen Carson Lambos (Canada) and Maximilian Streule (Switzerland) have been invited to their respective countries selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship December 26 - January 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer.

Kia CHL TOP-10 RANKINGS - Week 9

Winnipeg ICE

2. Kamloops Blazers

3. Everett Silvertips

4. Edmonton Oil Kings

5. London Knights

6. Charlottetown Islanders

7. Gatineau Olympiques

8. North Bay Battalion

9. Sherbrooke Phoenix

10. Hamilton Bulldogs

ICE NAMED WHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH

November - Matthew Savoie 10GP 7-15-22

ICE NAMED WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nov 15 - Matthew Savoie 3GP 2-6-8

Oct 4 - Owen Pederson 2GP 3-3-6

ICE NAMED WHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Nov 15 - Gage Alexander 2GP 2-0, 1.00, .961

Nov 1 - Daniel Hauser 2GP 2-0, 1.00, .966, 1so

WHL HISTORY

With their 11th win of the season October 27th in Calgary, Winnipeg won the most consecutive games to open a WHL season since 2006 eclipsing the previous mark of 10 games set by the 2014-15 Kelowna Rockets and 2006-07 Vancouver Giants.

A 3-1 loss in Edmonton October 29th saw the ICE fall one game short of tying for the longest winning streak in WHL history to start a season. The 1988-89 Swift Current Broncos hold the record of 12 straight wins before losing in Saskatoon October 30, 1988.

ROSTER

The ICE roster includes 16 forwards, 9 defenseman and 2 goaltenders.

- 8 players are from Manitoba (Bertholet, Bruce, Friesen, Geekie, Lambos, Muir, Swan, Young).

- There are currently three 20-year-old players (Muir, Orzeck, Smallwood).

- 18 players who skated for the ICE return from last season (Alexander, Benson, Bertholet, Boucher, Bruce, Form, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Milne, Muir, Orzeck, Pederson, Prosofsky, Smallwood, Young, Zloty).

- 19 players are selections by the ICE in the WHL Bantam Draft (Alexander, Benson, Boucher, Bruce, Edwards, Fraser, Form, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Mettimano, Milne, Oiring, Orzeck, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Zloty).

- 2 players were selected in the 2021 CHL Import Draft (Bohm, Streule).

- 16 players are eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft led by Matthew Savoie and Conor Geekie, who were selected first and second overall respectively by the ICE in the 2019 WHL Prospects Draft (Bertholet, Bohm, Boucher, Bruce, Form, Friesen, Geekie, Hauser, Milne, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Streule, Swan, Young, Zloty).

INJURY REPORT

Martin Bohm (upper body) - DNP last five games

Carson Lambos (upper body) - DNP last four games

Karter Prosofsky (lower body)

TRANSACTIONS

Dec 3 - recalled defenseman Brandt Young from the Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)

Dec 2 - signed defenseman Josh Mettimano to a Standard WHL Players Agreement

Dec 1 - recalled defenseman Omen Harmacy from the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)

Dec 1 - reassigned forward Ty Fraser to the Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAA (AEHL)

Dec 1 - reassigned forward Aiden Oiring to the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy (CSSHL)

Nov 25 - reassigned defenseman Omen Harmacy to the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)

Nov 24 - recalled defenseman Omen Harmacy from the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)

Nov 20 - recalled forward Ty Fraser from the Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAA (AEHL)

Nov 13 - recalled forward Aiden Oiring from the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy (CSSHL)

Nov 8 - reassigned defenseman Omen Harmacy to the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)

Nov 7 - recalled defenseman Omen Harmacy from the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)

Oct 23 - acquired a conditional 7th round pick in the 2023 Bantam Draft from the Victoria Royals in exchange for defenseman Anson McMaster

Oct 19 - assigned defenseman Brandt Young to Portage Terriers (MJHL)

Oct 7 - assigned goaltender Dawson Cowan to Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)

Oct 1 - acquired an 8th round pick in 2022 Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for forward Rhys Raeside

Sept 27 - acquired a conditional 9th round pick in 2021 Bantam Draft from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for forward Hayden Pakkala

Sept 23 - released defenseman Mike Ladyman

ICE ON AIR

The Winnipeg ICE are teaming up with Bell Media (99.9 Bounce FM, CFRW 1290 AM, CTV and Virgin Radio 103.1 FM) to share the excitement this season.

All regular season and playoff games, presented by Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, can be heard on CFRW 1290 AM and viewed online at www.winnipegICE.ca with Brian Munz and Kevin Olzsewski.


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