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ICE and Raiders Meet at Top of East Division

December 13, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release

The Winnipeg ICE head on the road for a 2 game stretch with stop one being against the division leading Prince Albert Raiders. The ICE are winners of five straight following their home stand and see themselves only five points back of the Raiders. This meeting has all the ingredients for a thriller.

The ICE and the Raiders will meet for the second time this season. Both meetings so far will be in Prince Albert, the first one being back in October. The Raiders saw themselves to a 3-2 overtime win over the ICE who picked up 5 of 6 points on that road trip early in the season. The ICE have won eight in a row on home ice. The ICE Cave is looking to be a safe haven as they ICE have picked up wins in 11 of their last 12 at home and look to bring those winning ways on the road with them

The ICE continue to climb with a 7-3-0-0 record in their last 10 outings. The ICE are coming off of a 3-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets a couple nights ago.

Following tonight's contest, the ICE will play in Regina on Sunday before returning home to host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday, December 17th at the ICE Cave for their last home game before the Christmas break.


Record: 18-11-1-0 19-7-3-1

Last 10 Games: 7-3-0-0 6-3-0-1

Power Play: 28/133 (21.0%) 22/97 (22.7%)

Penalty Kill: 64/91 (69.2%) 87/106 (82.1%)

GF-GA: 07-115 113-75

Ranking: 2nd East Division 5th Eastern Conf.

1st East Division 4th Eastern Conf.

LAST GAME - 3-1 WIN OVER KELOWNA: The Kelowna Rockets were in town tonight to face an ICE team that has won its past 7 home games at the ICE Cave in Wayne Fleming Arena. Both teams were missing some of their star players as Nolan Foote (KEL) and Peyton Krebs (WPG) are both at Team Canada's World Junior Camp. ICE forwards Michal Teply (CZE) and Nino Kinder (GER) are both at their respective country's camps as well.

It was a scoreless first period, with shots being even at 6. The ICE went 0/3 on the power-play in the first frame, as the Rockets went 0/1. After trading power play opportunities in the second, Connor McClennon scored at 17:16 of the second to give the ICE the lead heading into the second intermission. Brad Ginnell drew the assist on McClennon's 11th of the season.

McClennon would record his second goal of the night 4 minutes into the third period as he doubled the ICE's lead. The ICE would score 5 minutes later to take a 3-0 lead with Jakin Smallwood getting the goal for the ICE. The Rockets would ruin Hughes' shutout in the third after a strange bounce led to Jake Lee putting the puck into a wide open net. Kelowna outshot the ICE 33-27 but were unable to get any more chances to tie the game up.

This win is the ICE's 8th home win in a row, as they head to Saskatchewan to take on Prince Albert and Regina, but will be back home against Brandon on December 17th.

ICE 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Michal Teply (13)

Assists: Isaac Johnson (18)

Points: Michal Teply (30)

PIMS: Jackson Leppard (46)

Plus/ Minus: Michael Milne, Logan Danis (+6)

Wins: Jesse Makaj (9)

RAIDERS 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Aliaksei Protas (18)

Assists: Aliaksei Protas (24)

Points: Aliaksei Protas (42)

PIMS: Jeremy Masella (45)

Plus/ Minus: Aliaksei Protas (+27)

Wins: Boston Bilous (15)

VS PRINCE ALBERT THIS SEASON: The Winnipeg ICE are 0-0-1-0 against the Raiders this season.

NEXT UP: Below are the next three games for the Winnipeg ICE:

Sunday, December 15 - Winnipeg @ Regina

Tuesday, December 17 - Winnipeg vs Brandon

Friday, December 27 - Winnipeg @ Brandon

The Winnipeg ICE return home for a match against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday, December 17. Buy a ticket to the game on the 17th and receive a FREE on to the game on December 28th also against the Wheat Kings. Redeem your free ticket at the box office at the game on the 17th with proof of purchase.

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