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Game #5 - ICE at Seattle

May 19, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Winnipeg Ice News Release


ICE CHIPS

The Winnipeg ICE are in Seattle for a 9:00 face off tonight against the Thunderbirds in Game Five of the WHL Championship Series presented by Nutrien.

The ICE are coming off a 4-2 loss Wednesday currently trailing the best of seven series 3-1. Carson Latimer and Evan Friesen scored. Daniel Hauser made 33 saves.

WHO'S HOT

Carson Latimer is on a two game goal scoring streak (2)

Zack Ostapchuk is on a two game point streak (1-1-2)

Ben Zloty is on a two game point streak (0-2-2)

Zack Ostapchuk has 26 points (17 goals and nine assists) in his last 24 games

Connor McClennon has 24 points (16 goals and eight assists) in his last 20 games

Matthew Savoie has 29 points (11 goals and 18 assists) in his last 18 games

Zach Benson has 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists) in his last 14 games

Matthew Savoie has 15 points (four goals and 11 assists) in his last 11 games

Ben Zloty has 14 points (one goal and 13 assists) in his last 11 games

Connor McClennon has 10 points (seven goals and three assists) in his last seven games

Zach Benson has five points (three goals and two assists) in his last four games

BIG NIGHT ON ICE

Hat Trick - Connor McClennon (Apr 29 Game #2 vs Saskatoon), Conor Geekie (Apr 22 Game #5 vs MJ), Matthew Savoie (Mar 31 Game #1 vs MH)

Four Point Game - Connor McClennon 3-1-4 (Apr 29 Game #2 vs Saskatoon), Conor Geekie 2-2-4 (Apr 24 Game #6 @ MJ), Matthew Savoie 3-1-4 (Mar 31 Game #1 vs MH), Ben Zloty 0-4-4 (Mar 31 Game #1 vs MH)

DID YOU KNOW

Matthew Savoie was named the WHL Player of the Week and Daniel Hauser is the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending May 7, 2023.

Savoie, selected by the Buffalo Sabres ninth overall in the 2022 NHL Draft, recorded five points (1G-4A) over his two outings this past week. The product of St. Albert, Alta. began his week with a three-point effort Tuesday, May 2 at Saskatoon, scoring once and adding two assists as Winnipeg posted a 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the WHL Eastern Conference Championship presented by Nutrien. The following evening, the 19-year-old collected two assists as the ICE completed a four-game sweep of the Blades with a 3-2 victory.

Hauser earned his second consecutive weekly honour by posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .917 save percentage over two starts. The 19 year old began his week by turning aside 17 shots in Winnipeg's 5-1 Game 3 victory. Hauser then stopped 16 shots in a 3-2 ICE victory over the Blades, securing the Club's first berth in the WHL Championship Series since 2011.

Connor McClennon was named WHL Player of the Week and Daniel Hauser is the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 30, 2023.

McClennon led all WHL skaters with five goals, finishing the seven-day span with six points (five goals and one assist) in three games.

Hauser posted a 1.33 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout over his three appearances.

Zack Ostapchuk's penalty shot goal while shorthanded was the first in franchise history during Game #1 of the Eastern Conference Championship Series versus the Saskatoon Blades.

Ben Zloty set two new franchise records in Game #1 of the 2023 WHL playoffs. Zloty registered four assists, setting a new mark for assists and points by a defenceman in a playoff game. The previous record of three assists by a defenceman was shared by Cole Fischer, Brayden McNabb and Joey Leach. The previous record of three points by a defenceman was shared by Scott Roles, Cole Fischer, Gerard Dicaire, Brayden McNabb and Joey Leach.

Daniel Hauser has been named the WHL's East Division Goaltender of the Year and nominee for the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the WHL Goaltender of the Year presented by Real Canadian Superstore.

Hauser set an ICE franchise record with 37 wins during the 2022-23 WHL Regular Season. The product of Chestermere, Alta. finished second among WHL netminders in victories, while also concluding the regular season in the top five among League goaltenders in goals-against average (2.28) and save percentage (.917). The 19-year-old's performance in goal helped spur Winnipeg to a Club-record 57 victories during the regular season, the most by any WHL team over a 68-game schedule.

The Western Hockey League also named Hauser the WHL Goaltender of the Month for the month of March. He recorded a 6-1-0-0 record over his seven regular season and playoff appearances in March to go along with a 2.01 goals-against average and .929 save percentage as the ICE secured the Club's second consecutive Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL Regular Season Champions. Hauser limited his opponents to one goal on four occasions in March including during a First Round playoff preview March 7 versus the Medicine Hat Tigers and on back-to-back occasions against the Prince Albert Raiders March 18 and 19.

WHL EAST DIVISION FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

(G) Hauser, Daniel - Winnipeg ICE

(D) Svozil, Stanislav - Regina Pats

(D) Zloty, Ben - Winnipeg ICE

(F) Benson, Zach - Winnipeg ICE

(F) Bedard, Connor - Regina Pats

(F) McClennon, Connor - Winnipeg ICE

WHL EAST DIVISION SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

(G) Elliott, Austin - Saskatoon Blades

(D) De La Gorgendiere, Aidan - Saskatoon Blades

(D) Kosior, Landon - Prince Albert Raiders

(F) Danielson, Nate - Brandon Wheat Kings

(F) Savoie, Matthew - Winnipeg ICE

(F) Wong, Trevor - Saskatoon Blades

REGULAR SEASON RECAP - ICE VS THUNDBERBIRDS

The ICE and Thunderbirds played once during the 2022-23 WHL regular season with Seattle winning 4-3 in overtime January 11th at the ICE Cave inside Wayne Fleming Arena. Matthew Savoie scored twice while Conor Geekie had the other goal. Daniel Hauser made 28 saves.

ICE All Time Points ICE All Time Goals ICE All Time Goaltender Wins Sam Reinhart 319 Nigel Dawes 159 Nathan Lieuwen 85 Jarret Stoll 286 Connor McClennon 138 Taylor Dakers 82 Connor McClennon 284 Jarret Stoll 124 Daniel Hauser 78 Nigel Dawes 272 Sam Reinhart 120 Jeff Glass 75 Jaedon Descheneau 272 Dustin Sylvester 111 Mackenzie Skapski 74 Dustin Sylvester 252 Jaedon Descheneau 111 Dan Blackburn 67

ICE All Time Head Coach Games ICE All Time Head Coach Wins Ryan McGill 557 Ryan McGill 281 James Patrick 363 Cory Clouston 209 Cory Clouston 360 James Patrick 206 Mark Holick 216 Mark Holick 120 Kris Knoblauch & Luke Pearce 144 Kris Knoblauch 82

DID YOU KNOW

The ICE completed the 68 regular season schedule with a league best 57-10-1 record following a 5-3 decision over the Brandon Wheat Kings March 25th. Conor Geekie scored three goals and chipped in with two assists. Connor McClennon scored twice as the ICE completed a 10 game sweep of the Wheat Kings in the Battle of Manitoba presented by Taylor McCaffery Lawyers. Mason Beaupit made 24 saves.

A 3-1 victory March 7th versus Medicine Hat was Winnipeg's 50th of the season. The ICE are the first team to record back to back 50 win seasons since the Kelowna Rockets (2013-14, 2014-15).

With 115 points, the ICE set a new franchise record for points in a 68 game regular season schedule.

With 61 points on home ice, the ICE set a new franchise record for points on home ice. The previous record of 60 points in 34 games was set last season.

With 54 points on the road, the ICE set a new franchise record for points on the road. They eclipsed last season's 51 in 34 games.

With 57 wins, the ICE set a new franchise record for most wins in a single season eclipsing last season's 53.

With 57 wins, the ICE set a new WHL record for most wins by a team playing a 68 game regular season schedule. The previous record of 54 was held by the 2018-19 Prince Albert Raiders.

With 30 wins on home ice, the ICE set a new franchise and WHL record for home ice wins by a team playing a 68 game regular season schedule during the internet era. The previous record of 29 wins was set last season by the ICE and Edmonton Oil Kings.

With 27 wins on the road, the ICE set a WHL record for road wins by a team playing a 68 game regular season schedule during the internet era. The 2018-19 Prince Albert Raiders won 26 games.

With 27 wins on the road, the ICE set a new franchise record eclipsing last season's 24 wins in 34 games.

By scoring 325 goals this season, the ICE set a new franchise record eclipsing last season's 317.

By scoring 157 goals on the road this season the ICE have set a new franchise record eclipsing the previous record of 140 during the 2000-01 season.

Defenceman Ben Zloty set a new single season franchise record for assists and points by a defenceman. Zloty had 81 points (13 goals and 68 assists). The previous record of 71 points was held by Brayden McNabb during the 2010-11 season. Zloty's 68 assists is also a new single season franchise record for assists by a defenceman.

With 37 wins, Daniel Hauser set a new ICE franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in a single season. He eclipsed the previous record of 36 wins by Wyatt Hoflin in the 2014-15 season.

From October 12th to November 19th, the ICE set a new franchise record with a 15 game winning streak eclipsing the previous mark of 14 games held by the 2009-10 Kootenay ICE.

From October 15th to 22nd, Winnipeg became the first Eastern Conference based team to go a perfect 5-0 on the road versus the B.C. Division since the 2011-12 Kootenay ICE.

Carson Lambos was named the 24th Captain in ICE franchise history on October 6th.

The 19 year old returned from Minnesota Wild Training Camp where he appeared in three NHL preseason games. Connor McClennon, Owen Pederson and Ben Zloty were named alternate captains for 2022-23.

BIG NIGHT ON ICE

Hat Tricks - Conor Geekie (Mar 25 vs Bran), Zach Benson (Feb 26 @ Edm), Conor Geekie (Feb 26 @ Edm), Connor McClennon (Feb 9 vs Cal), Connor McClennon (Jan 14 vs MH), Zach Benson (Jan 8 vs Port), Zach Benson (Dec 9 vs Spok), Matthew Savoie (Nov 17 vs Reg), Conor Geekie (Oct 1 @ MH)

Four Point Game - Owen Pederson 2-2-4 (Mar 19 vs PA), Matthew Savoie 2-2-4 (Feb 28 @ Edm), Conor Geekie 1-3-4 (Feb 28 @ Edm), Conor Geekie 3-1-4 (Feb 26 @ Edm), Zach Benson 1-3-4 (Feb 22 @ Cal), Zach Benson 1-3-4 (Jan 18 @ PA), Zach Benson 3-1-4 (Jan 8 vs Port), Matthew Savoie 2-2-4 (Jan 8 vs Port), Zach Benson 3-1-4 (Dec 9 vs Spok), Zach Benson 2-2-4 (Nov 19 vs Reg), Owen Pederson 2-2-4 (Nov 17 vs Reg), Connor McClennon 1-3-4 (Nov 17 vs Reg), Carson Lambos 0-4-4 (Nov 12 vs Bran), Connor McClennon 2-2-4 (Nov 9 vs RD), Connor McClennon 2-2-4 (Nov 1 vs EVT), Carson Lambos 1-3-4 (Oct 21 @ Kam), Owen Pederson 1-3-4 (Oct 21 @ Kam), Zach Benson 2-2-4 (Sept 30 @ SC)

Five Point Game - Conor Geekie 3-2-5 (Mar 25 vs Bran), Matthew Savoie 2-3-5 (Feb 28 @ Edm), Conor Geekie 1-4-5 (Feb 28 @ Edm), Owen Pederson 2-3-5 (Nov 9 vs RD)

Six Point Game - Zach Benson 3-3-6 (Feb 26 @ Edm), Matthew Savoie 3-3-6 (Nov 17 vs Reg)

Individually, the ICE had numerous players finish in the WHL regular season's Top 10:

Daniel Hauser - 2nd in wins with 37, 5th in save percentage at .917, 4th in goals against average at 2.28, tied for 9th in shutouts with 2, 10th in minutes played with 2504

Ben Zloty - 3rd in assists with 68, 3rd in plus/minus at +67, tied for 9th in goals by a defenceman with 13, 1st in assists by a defenceman with 68, 1st in points by a defenceman with 81, 2nd in plus/minus by a defenceman at +67, tied for 8th in power play assists by a defenceman with 25, tied for 3rd in game winning goals by a defenceman with 4, tied for 4th in overtime game winning goals by a defenceman with 1, 4th in points per game by a defenceman with 1.27

Ashton Cumby - 9th in rookie plus/minus at +13

Carson Lambos - 4th in plus/minus at +60, tied for 2nd in shorthanded assists with 4, 3rd in plus/minus by a defenceman at +60, tied for 10th in game winning goals scored by a defenceman with 2, tied for 1st in shorthanded assists by a defenceman with 4

Jonas Woo - 3rd in rookie plus minus at +28

Zach Benson - 3rd in points with 98, tied for 6th in assists with 62, 2nd in plus/minus at +68, tied for 3rd in game winning goals with 8, 2nd in shorthanded goals with 6, tied for 6th in shorthanded assists with 3, tied for 7th in first goals with 7, 5th in points per game at 1.63

Evan Friesen - appeared in all 68 regular season games

Owen Pederson - tied for 2nd in overtime game winning goals with 2, 2nd in insurance goals with 9

Conor Geekie - tied for 6th in plus/minus at +51, tied for 6th in game winning goals with 7

Graham Sward - 6th in plus/minus by a defenceman at +43

Matthew Savoie - tied for 6th in points with 95, 5th in plus/minus at +57, tied for 5th in shorthanded goals with 4, tied for 2nd in shorthanded assists with 4, 7th in points per game at 1.53

Connor McClennon - 8th in points with 92, 6th in goals with 46, tied for 6th in plus/minus at +51, tied for 7th in power play goals with 16, tied for 3rd in game winning goals with 8, tied for 2nd in first goals with 10, tied for 9th in insurance goals with 5

WHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

January 3 - Daniel Hauser 2GP 1-1, 1.01, .957, 1so

October 3 - Daniel Hauser 2GP 2-0, 1.00, .964, 1so

WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Feb 27 - Zach Benson 4GP 5-8-13

Nov 21 - Zach Benson 2GP 4-3-7

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 can be heard on CFRW 1290 AM and viewed online at www.winnipegICE.ca, WHL Live on CHL TV with Brian Munz and Kevin Olzsewski.

ROSTER

The ICE roster features 15 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders.

- 13 players skated in at least one regular season game for the ICE last season (Benson, Cumby, Fraser, Friesen, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Woo, Zloty).

- The ICE have added ten players with WHL experience to this year's roster (Armstrong, Beaupit, Latimer,Medernach, Nash, Ostapchuk, Shilo, Sward, Wilson, Wood).

- 14 players were selected by the ICE in the WHL Prospects Draft (Benson, Cooper, Cumby, Fraser, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Woo, Young, Zloty).

- Five players are from Manitoba (Friesen, Geekie, Lambos, Woo, Wood).

TRANSACTIONS

MARCH 2023

22 - recalled forward Miles Cooper from the Edge School U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

20 - reassigned forward Hayden Moore to the Winnipeg Bruins of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League

19 - recalled forward Hayden Moore from the Winnipeg Bruins of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League and forward Briley Wood from the Neepawa Titans (MJHL)

8 - reassigned forward Miles Cooper to the Edge School U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

3 - recalled forward Miles Cooper from the Edge School U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

1 - reassigned defenceman Kyle Marsden to the Northern Alberta Xtreme Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

FEBRUARY 2023

29 - recalled defenceman Landon Young from Edmonton Junior Oilers of the Alberta Elite U18 Hockey League and defenceman Kyle Marsden from the Northern Alberta Xtreme Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

27 - reassigned forward Miles Cooper to the Edge School U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

26 - recalled forward Miles Cooper from the Edge School U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

23 - reassigned forward Miles Cooper to the Edge School U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

22 - recalled forward Miles Cooper from the Edge School U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

10 - reassigned forward Hayden Moore to the Winnipeg Bruins of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League

9 - recalled forward Hayden Moore from the Winnipeg Bruins of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League

JANUARY 2023

30 - reassigned goaltender Noah Stenvig to the Delta Hockey Academy U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

28 - reassigned defenceman Chase Bambrick to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Alberta Elite U18 Hockey League

27 - recalled defenceman Chase Bambrick from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Alberta Elite U18 Hockey League and goaltender Noah Stenvig from the Delta Hockey Academy U18 Prep Team of the Canadian Sport School U18 Hockey League

8 - acquired forward Zack Ostapchuk from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for forwards Skyler Bruce and Connor Dale, prospects Hudson Landmark and Owen Brees, a first and fifth round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft, a first round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft and a first round pick in the 2026 WHL Prospects Draft.

7 - acquired forward Easton Armstrong from the Regina Pats in exchange for defenceman Omen Harmacy

DECEMBER 2022

31 -acquired forward Carson Latimer from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for forward Aiden Oiring, a third round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft and a conditional third round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft.

4 - acquired defenceman Wyatt Wilson from the Victoria Royals in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2026 WHL Prospects Draft.

1 - signed forward Turner McIntyre

NOVEMBER 2022

24 - placed defenceman Maximilian Streule on waivers, was claimed by Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)

24 - signed defenceman Landon Young

10 -acquired goaltender Mason Beaupit and an eighth round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for goaltender Dawson Cowan, a fourth round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft as well as a third round pick and sixth round pick both in the 2026 WHL Prospects Draft.

OCTOBER 2022

30 - reassigned forward Briley Wood to the Neepawa Titans (MJHL)

29 - acquired defenceman Graham Sward from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for defenceman Jaren Brinson, a first round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft, a third round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft as well as a second round pick and fifth round pick both in the 2026 WHL Prospects Draft.

27 - reassigned goaltender Keegan Maddocks & defenceman Josh Mettimano

3 - reassigned forward Steven Arp to the Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL)

SEPTEMBER 2022

29 - acquired forward Vladislav Shilo from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for defenceman Owen Boucher and forward Alessandro Segafredo

27 - acquired forward Ty Nash from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a third round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft

21 - reassigned forwards Miles Cooper & Oscar Lovsin

20 - acquired forward Steven Arp from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a ninth round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft

20 - reassigned defenceman Chase Bambrick & forward Hayden Moore

14 - reassigned defenceman Kyle Marsden & goaltender Noah Stenvig

10 - reassigned forwards Ashton Brown & Daniel Morosov

7 - signed defenceman Chase Bambrick, forward Daniel Morozov & goaltender Keegan Maddocks

AUGUST 2022

9 - acquired forward Briley Wood from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft

JULY 2022

29 - acquired a third round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft in exchange for goaltender Gage Alexander

26 - acquired defenseman Jaren Brinson from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft

20 - acquired forward Josh Medernach and a third round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for defenceman Tanner Brown and a seventh round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft

11 - signed Assistant Coach Taras McEwen

JUNE 2022

10 - acquired a fourth round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for forward Chase Wheatcroft

1 - signed forward Ashton Brown


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