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ICE Take on the Thunderbirds Tonight in Seattle

November 19, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release

GAME PREVIEW: The Winnipeg ICE travel to Seattle for the first and only meeting this season on November 19th. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 P.M. CT.

This evening's game will be the third of five straight games within the US Division this week. The ICE are currently 1-1 on the trip picking up an overtime win in Everett on Saturday night and dropping a 4-1 decision in Portland on Sunday.

The ICE stay steady with a 5-5-0-0 record in their last 10 outings. The ICE are coming off a 4-1 loss in Portland on Sunday night . Captain, Peyton Krebs returned to the line up on sunday recording the primary assist on the ICE lone goal as Michal Teply scored his team co-leading 8th of the season.

Following tonight's contest, the ICE head to Tri City on Friday night for a battle with the Americans. As for the Thunderbirds, they'll head to Kamloops on Wednesday night for a tilt with the Blazers.

WINNIPEG ICE SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS

Record: 11-9-1-0 6-9-2-1

Last 10 Games: 5-5-0-0 4-5-0-1

Power Play: 18/92 (19.6%) 11/75 (14.7%)

Penalty Kill: 42/64 (65.6%) 63/83 (75.9%)

GF-GA: 71-85 45-69

Ranking: 3rd East Division 6th Eastern Conf.

5th U.S. Division 9th Western Conf.

LAST GAME - 4-1 LOSS TO PORTLAND: The Winnipeg ICE were unable to win back-to-back to open their five-game trip through the U.S. Division. Blanked on a half-dozen power play chances and stung by early-period goals, the ICE fell 4-1 to the Winterhawks Sunday in Portland, OR. Kishaun Gervais put the Hawks on top less-than-two minutes into the first period, and Jake Gricius doubled the advantage 40 seconds after the start of the middle frame to leave Winnipeg trailing by two going to the third period for a second straight night. But unlike Saturday in Everett, WA, the ICE couldn't comeback for the victory. Gricius notched his second of the game on a Portland power play 77 seconds into the third period to stretch the lead to three, before Michal Teply's team co-leading eighth goal of the season moved Winnipeg within a pair. However, there was no magic with the goalie out and an extra-skater on as the Winterhawks found the empty net to complete a 4-1 win. ICE Captain Peyton Krebs made his season debut after a five-month injury absence and notched the primary assist on Winnipeg's lone goal. Connor McClennon recorded the other assist on the tally that gave the ICE late hope. Winnipeg was held off the board on three second period power plays and finished the game 0-for-6 with the man-advantage, while Portland was 1-of-2 when up a player. Jesse Makaj suffered the loss making 25 saves on 28 shots. Teply, the ICE scoring leader, now has registered a point in five-of-six totaling three goals and four assists over that period to improve to 20 points in 21 games.

ICE 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Nino Kinder, Michal Teply (8)

Assists: Connor McClennon (13)

Points: Michal Teply (20)

PIMS: Jackson Leppard (33)

Plus/ Minus: Logan Danis (+5)

Wins: Jesse Makaj (5)

Thunderbirds 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Matthew Wedman, Andrej Kukuca (6)

Assists: Matthew Wedman, Payton Mount (9)

Points: Matthew Wedman (15)

PIMS: Matthew Wedman (33)

Plus/ Minus: Michael Horon (+5)

Wins: Roddy Ross (6)

VS SEATTLE THIS SEASON: The Winnipeg ICE are 0-0-0-0 against the Winterhawks this season.

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

Friday, November 22 - Winnipeg @ Tri City

Saturday, November 23 - Winnipeg @ Spokane

Friday, November 29 - Winnipeg @ Brandon

MILESTONES:

Goals

F, Isaac Johnson scored his 35th career WHL goal Saturday vs Regina

ASSISTS

D, Chase Hartje ('99) is one assists away from 50 career WHL assists.

D, Reece Harsch ('99) is two assists away from 50 career WHL assists.

F, Brad Ginnell ('00) is five assists away from 50 career WHL assists.

POINTS

F, Isaac Johnson ('99) is two points away from 100 career WHL points.

GAMES

D, Reece Harsch ('99) will play in his 200th career WHL regular season game tonight in Seattle..

F, Brad Ginnell ('00) played his 200th career WHL regular season game on 11/16/19 vs Everett.

G, Jesse Makaj appeared in his 50th career game on 11/17/19 in Portland

STREAKS

F, Connor McClennon is on a two game point streak with two assists.

F, Michal Teply has at least one point in five of his last six games (3 Goals, 4 Assists).

The Winnipeg ICE return home on November 30th for a tilt with the Brandon Wheat Kings.


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