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Game 37 - ICE at Saskatoon

January 22, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release


ICE CHIPS

The Winnipeg ICE are coming off a 5-2 victory last night in Prince Albert. Connor McClennon led the way with Winnipeg's first hat trick of the season. It was the first three goal night for a member of the ICE since McClennon did it against the Brandon Wheat Kings November 30, 2019. Owen Pederson and Cole Muir also scored, while Daniel Hauser made 23 of 25 saves.

ICE VS BLADES

Winnipeg has won four of the first five games against Saskatoon in their eight game regular season series. (Nov 13 @ Wpg 4-1 W / Nov 14 @ Wpg 6-0 W / Dec 3 @ Wpg 4-3 W / Dec 4 @ Wpg 6-2 L / Dec 15 @ Sktn 6-0 W / Tonight @ Sktn / Mar 4 @ Sktn / Mar 23 @ Sktn).

In those five games, Conor Geekie, Mikey Milne, Matthew Savoie and Jakin Smallwood each have eight points (three goals and five assists) to lead the ICE.

The ICE have won 11 of their past 14 games versus the Blades, led by Connor McClennon who has eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points.

WELCOME TO WINNIPEG

The Winnipeg ICE added experience to their roster prior to Monday's 4pm WHL Trade Deadline.

The ICE acquired 19 year old defenseman Tanner Brown from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a first round pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft. The 5'11", 181 pound blue liner had 14 points (three goals and 11 assists) along with 12 penalty minutes in 38 games this season with the Giants.

Winnipeg also acquired 19 year old forward Chase Wheatcroft and a fifth round pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for forward Brayden Edwards, a fourth round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft and a second round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft.

Wheatcroft, at 6'2", 176 pounds, had 17 points (four goals and 13 assists) along with eight penalty minutes in 22 games this season with the Hurricanes.

WHO'S HOT

Daniel Hauser has won three straight starts and is 13-0-1 in 14GP this season.

Gage Alexander has won three straight starts and is 3-0-1 in his last four starts.

Mikey Milne is on an eight game point streak (4-7-11).

Jack Finley is on a five game point streak (3-4-7).

Owen Pederson is on a two game point streak (1-2-3).

Matthew Savoie is on a two game point streak (1-1-2).

LEAGUE LEADERS

Connor McClennon leads all WHL players with 28 goals.

Matthew Savoie leads all WHL players with 35 assists.

Matthew Savoie leads all WHL players with 54 points.

Nolan Orzeck leads all WHL players with a plus minus rating of +40.

Jakin Smallwood and Ben King of Red Deer share the WHL lead for game winning goals with six.

Ben Zloty, along with Saskatoon's Aiden De La Gorgendiere and Kyle Crnkovic share the WHL lead for power play assists with 17.

Ben Zloty and Ryker Evans of Regina share the WHL lead for assists by a defenseman with 30.

Matthew Savoie and Niko Huuhtanen of Everett share the WHL rookie goal scoring lead with 19.

Matthew Savoie leads all WHL rookies with 11 power play goals, 15 power play assists, and a plus minus rating of +25.

Daniel Hauser leads all WHL goaltenders with a 1.85 goals against average.

WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

ICE defensemen Carson Lambos represented Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer.

It marked the second straight World Junior Hockey Championship where a member of the Winnipeg ICE played for Team Canada. Forward Peyton Krebs had eight points (three goals and five assists) in seven games last year.

Defenseman Maximilian Streule represented Team Switzerland.

OH CANADA

ICE forward Zach Benson took part in the Capital City Challenge November 26th to December 1st in Ottawa winning a Gold medal. 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.

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.

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

ROSTER

The ICE roster includes 13 forwards, 8 defenseman and 3 goaltenders.

- 5 players are from Manitoba (Bruce, Friesen, Geekie, Lambos, Muir).

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

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

- 15 players were selected by the ICE in the WHL Prospects Draft (Alexander, Benson, Boucher, Bruce, Edwards, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Milne, Orzeck, Pederson, Savoie, Stenvig, Zloty).

- 1 player was selected by the ICE in the 2021 CHL Import Draft (Streule).

- 15 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 (Boucher, Brown, Bruce, Friesen, Geekie, Hauser, Milne, Newell, Pederson, Savoie, Streule, Wheatcroft, Zloty).

TRANSACTIONS

JANUARY 2022

21 - recalled goaltender Noah Stenvig from the Delta Hockey Academy U17 Prep (CSSHL)

20 - signed defenseman Kyle Marsden to a WHL Standard Players Agreement

17 - acquired defenseman Tanner Brown from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a first round pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft

17 - acquired forward Chase Wheatcroft and a fifth round pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for forward Brayden Edwards, a fourth round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft and a second round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft

10 - acquired defenseman Jarod Newell from the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for a ninth round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft.

7 - reassigned forward Sequoia Swan to the Winnipeg Freeze (MJHL)

4 - reassigned defenseman Ashton Cumby to the Lloydminster Bobcats U18 AAA (AEHL)

4 - reassigned goaltender Noah Stenvig to the Delta Hockey Academy U17 Prep (CSSHL)

4 - reassigned defenseman Jonas Woo to the Winnipeg Bruins (MU18HL)

DECEMBER 2021

29 - recalled defenseman Ashton Cumby from the Lloydminster Bobcats U18 AAA (AEHL)

27 - recalled goaltender Noah Stenvig from Delta Hockey Academy U17 Prep (CSSHL)

27 - signed forwards Miles Cooper, Hayden Moore and goaltender Noah Stenvig to WHL Standard Player Agreements

27 - recalled defenseman Jonas Woo from the Winnipeg Bruins (MU18HL)

20 - reassigned defenseman Josh Mettimano to The RINK Hockey Academy (CSSHL)

20 - reassigned defenseman Jonas Woo to the Winnipeg Bruins (MU18HL)

15 - acquired forward Alessandro Segafredo from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for defenseman Martin Bohm and a sixth round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft

15 - recalled defenseman Jonas Woo from the Winnipeg Bruins (MU18HL)

10 - signed defenseman Jonas Woo to a WHL Standard Players Agreement

6 - acquired forward Jack Finley and a seventh round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects

Draft from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for forwards Chase Bertholet, James Form and a second round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft.

4 - recalled defenseman Josh Mettimano from The RINK Hockey Academy (CSSHL)

4 - reassigned defenseman Brandt Young to the Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)

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

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCTOBER 2021

23 - acquired a conditional seventh round pick in the 2023 Prospects Draft from the Victoria

Royals in exchange for defenseman Anson McMaster

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

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

1 - acquired an eighth round pick in 2022 Prospects Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for forward Rhys Raeside

SEPTEMBER 2021

27 - acquired a conditional ninth round pick in 2021 Prospects Draft from the Prince Albert

Raiders in exchange for forward Hayden Pakkala

23 - released defenseman Mike Ladyman

ICE ON AIR

The Winnipeg ICE have teamed up with Bell Media (103.1 FM Virgin Radio, CFRW 1290 AM, 99.9 Bounce FM and CTV) to share the excitement this WHL 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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