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ICE Close out 5-Game Home Stand against the Rockets

December 11, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release

The Winnipeg ICE continue the homestand after picking up wins against Brandon, Swift Current, Regina and Kamloops to go four of four so far. Tonight closes out the five game home stand.

The ICE and the Rockets will play there one and only meeting tonight at the ICE Cave. The ICE have won seven in a row on home ice. The ICE Cave is looking to be a safe haven as they ICE have picked up wins in 10 of their last 11 here. The Rockets have put together a great season so far and find themselves sitting in 2nd place in the B.C. Division and 8-1-0-1 in their last ten outings.

The ICE continue to climb with a 7-3-0-0 record in their last 10 outings. The ICE are coming off a 5-4 win over the Regina Pats in overtime this past Saturday which was the Teddy Bear Toss.

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

WINNIPEG ICE KELOWNA ROCKETS

Record: 17-11-1-0 17-8-1-2

Last 10 Games: 7-3-0-0 8-1-0-1

Power Play: 28/128 (21.9%) 25/127 (20.5%)

Penalty Kill: 59/87 (67.8%) 95/119 (79.8%)

GF-GA: 104-114 83-77

Ranking: 2nd East Division 5th Eastern Conf.

2nd B.C. Division 4th Western Conf.

LAST GAME - 5-4 OVERTIME WIN OVER KAMLOOPS: It was Teddy Bear Toss Night at Wayne Fleming Arena as the ICE were taking on the Kamloops Blazers. After both teams were involved in thrilling extra time games on Friday night, the Kamloops Blazers and Winnipeg ICE met at Wayne Fleming Arena, with the ICE coming off an OT victory against the Regina Pats and the Blazers beating the Wheat Kings in a shootout.

Both teams had a few good scoring chances in the first frame but it remained scoreless going into the first intermission. Liam Hughes was the busier goalie with 10 saves for the ICE, as Dylan Garand stopped 8 for the Blazers.

The Blazers broke the deadlock halfway through the second period as Josh Pillar scored for Kamloops from Montana Onyebuchi. Kamloops' captain Zane Franklin then scored two goals in a span of 62 seconds in the last two minutes of the period to give the Blazers a 3-0 lead. On the second goal, Blazers' defense man Montana Onyebuchi received a game misconduct as well as a five minute major for goaltender interference, after the puck had gone into the net.

Ben Zloty got his first career WHL goal on the ensuing five minute major as the ICE cut the Blazer's lead to 3-1, two minutes into the third period. The Teddy Bear Toss goal sparked the ICE as they scored two more goals before the halfway mark of the third period, tying the game at 3-3. However, the Blazers would score the go ahead goal with six minutes left in the game. The ICE weren't going away that easily as Connor McClennon tied the game up with a minute and a half left to force OT. Just one minute into OT Michal Teply put away his 13th of the year to push the ICE's home winning streak to seven games.

ICE 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Michal Teply (13)

Assists: Isaac Johnson (18)

Points: Michal Teply (30)

PIMS: Jackson Leppard (44)

Plus/ Minus: Michael Milne (+6)

Wins: Jesse Makaj (9)

ROCKETS 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Nolan Foote (15)

Assists: Kaedan Korczak (20)

Points: Nolan Foote (33)

PIMS: Mathew Wedman (56)

Plus/ Minus: Kaedan Korczak, Jake Lee (+7)

Wins: Roman Basran (13)

VS KELOWNA THIS SEASON: The Winnipeg ICE are 0-0-0-0 against the Rockets this season.

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

Friday, December 13 - Winnipeg @ Prince Albert

Sunday, December 15 - Winnipeg @ Regina

Tuesday, December 17 - Winnipeg vs Brandon

Family of four packs (2 adult and 2 youth tickets) are available to any Winnipeg ICE home game. If you purchase a family of four pack HERE, each ticket receives one free popcorn and one free drink! Birthday packages are also available HERE and each ticket to the birthday package receives one free popcorn and one free drink!


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