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Game 21 – Swift Current @ ICE

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After a two game Central Division road trip this past weekend with victories in Swift Current and Medicine Hat, James Patrick’s people return to the ICE Cave inside Wayne Fleming Arena for seven straight games, starting tonight against the Broncos.  

Over the next 18 days, the ICE will also host Medicine Hat and Prince Albert followed by a pair of games against both Saskatoon and Edmonton.

This is the longest homestand of the season for the ICE.

Winnipeg and Kamloops are the only teams in the WHL yet to lose in regulation time on home ice this season.  The ICE are 11-0 while the Blazers are 5-0.  The Everett Silvertips have six wins and one shootout loss in seven games while the Kelowna Rockets have five wins and one shootout loss in six games. 

The ICE have outscored their opposition 65-17 inside the ICE Cave at Wayne Fleming Arena.

ICE VS BRONCOS

The ICE are 2-0 vs Swift Current, with three games remaining after tonight (Oct 17 @ Wpg 3-1 W / Friday @ SC 4-3 W / Tonight @ Wpg / Dec 30 @ SC / Feb 12 @ Wpg / Feb 26 @ SC).

In the first meeting of the season, Winnipeg out shot Swift Current 45-19 on their way to victory.  Mikey Milne, Connor McClennon and Skyler Bruce did the scoring while Gage Alexander made 18 saves.  

This past Friday, Matthew Savoie scored the game winning goal with 1:46 remaining in the third period on the power play to give the ICE a 4-3 victory.  Jakin Smallwood, Mikey Milne and a short handed goal by Connor McClennon also scored.  Gage Alexander stopped 21 shots from the Broncos.

The ICE are 13-1 vs the Broncos in their last 14 games.  

WELCOME TO THE DUB

Defenseman Omen Harmacy, recalled today from the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League, played his first WHL game November 7th with the ICE.  He was +1 in a 7-5 win over the Red Deer Rebels.

The 16 year old from Winnipeg has 11 points (two goals and nine assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Thrashers this season.  The 5’9”, 170 pound blue liner was selected by the ICE in the eighth round, 168th overall in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

Forward Ty Fraser from the Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAA team of the Alberta Elite Hockey League made his WHL debut Saturday night in Medicine Hat.  He registered two shots on goal in a 4-2 victory.

The 16 year old from Raymond, Alberta has 19 points (14 goals and five assists) in 13 games this season.  The 6’2”, 181 pound forward was selected by the ICE in the fifth round, 94th overall in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

Forward Aiden Oiring, recalled from the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy U18 Prep team of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, has played three games with the ICE.

In 13 games this season with the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy, Oiring has 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points and 18 penalty minutes.  The 5’7”, 164 pound forward was selected by the ICE in the third round, 58th overall in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. 

WHO’S HOT

  • Daniel Hauser is on a personal ten game winning streak.
  • Gage Alexander is on a personal four game winning streak.
  • Connor McClennon is on a nine game point streak (6-8-14).
  • Matthew Savoie is on an eight game point streak (5-12-17).
  • Mikey Milne is on an eight game point streak (7-7-14).
  • Jakin Smallwood is on a three game goal scoring streak (4) and three game point streak (4-3-7).
  • Ben Zloty is on a two game point streak (0-2-2).

LEAGUE LEADERS

  • Connor McClennon and Mikey Milne share the WHL lead for goals with 15.
  • Matthew Savoie leads all WHL players with 22 assists.
  • Matthew Savoie leads all WHL players with 33 points. 
  • Mikey Milne leads all WHL players with a plus minus rating of +26.
  • Ben Zloty leads all WHL players with 12 power play assists.
  • Jakin Smallwood and Ben King of Red Deer share the WHL lead for game winning goals with four.
  • Ben Zloty leads all WHL defensemen with 21 assists and 23 points.
  • Nolan Orzeck leads all WHL defensemen with a plus minus rating of +23.
  • Zach Benson and Matthew Savoie share the WHL lead for goals by a rookie with 11.
  • Zach Benson and Matthew Savoie share the WHL lead for rookies plus minus at +16.
  • Matthew Savoie leads all WHL rookies with seven power play goals and nine power play assists.
  • Daniel Hauser leads all WHL goaltenders with a goals against average of 1.50 and .939 save percentage.

OH CANADA

Ice forward Zach Benson is one of 66 players selected by Hockey Canada to wear the Maple Leaf at the Capital City Challenge, a four team tournament featuring three men’s under 17 teams and Canada’s National Women’s Team November 26 – December 1st in Ottawa.

Benson departed yesterday for the Nation’s Capital and will play on Team Canada Black wearing jersey number nine.  His first game is Friday at 6:00pm Central time vs Team Canada Red.  

Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings – Week 8

  1. Winnipeg ICE
    2. Everett Silvertips
    3. Kamloops Blazers
    4. Edmonton Oil Kings
    5. London Knights
    6. Charlottetown Islanders
    7. Sherbrooke Phoenix
    8. Mississauga Steelheads
    9. North Bay Battalion
    10. Rimouski Oceanic

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

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.

ROSTER 

The ICE roster includes 16 forwards, 8 defenseman and 2 goaltenders. 
– 8 players are from Manitoba (Bertholet, Bruce, Friesen, Geekie, Harmacy, Lambos, Muir, Swan).
– There are currently three 20-year-old players (Muir, Orzeck, Smallwood).
– 17 players who skated for the ICE return from last season (Alexander, Benson, Bertholet, Boucher, Bruce, Form, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Milne, Muir, Orzeck, Pederson, Prosofsky, Smallwood, Zloty).
– 19 players are selections by the ICE in the WHL Bantam Draft (Alexander, Benson, Boucher, Bruce, Edwards, Fraser, Form, Geekie, Hauser, Harmacy, Lambos, McClennon, Milne, Oiring, Orzeck, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Zloty).
– 2 players were selected in the 2021 CHL Import Draft (Bohm, 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 Bantam Draft (Bertholet, Bohm, Boucher, Bruce, Form, Friesen, Geekie, Hauser, Milne, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Streule, Swan, Zloty). 

INJURY REPORT

Brayden Edwards (lower body) – DNP last 20 games
Evan Friesen (upper body) – DNP last seven games
Owen Pederson (upper body) – DNP last six games
Martin Bohm (upper body) – DNP last two games
Carson Lambos (upper body) – DNP Saturday @ Medicine Hat

TRANSACTIONS 

Nov 24 – recalled defenseman Omen Harmacy from the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)
Nov 20 – recalled forward Ty Fraser from the Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAA (AEHL)
Nov 13 – recalled forward Aiden Oiring from the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
Nov 8 – reassigned defenseman Omen Harmacy to the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)
Nov 7 – recalled defenseman Omen Harmacy from the Winnipeg Thrashers (MU18HL)
Oct 23 – acquired a conditional 7th round pick in the 2023 Bantam Draft from the Victoria Royals in exchange for defenseman Anson McMaster
Oct 19 – assigned defenseman Brandt Young to Portage Terriers (MJHL)
Oct 7 – assigned goaltender Dawson Cowan to Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
Oct 1 – acquired an 8th round pick in 2022 Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for forward Rhys Raeside
Sept 27 – acquired a conditional 9th round pick in 2021 Bantam Draft from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for forward Hayden Pakkala
Sept 23 – released defenseman Mike Ladyman

ICE ON AIR

The Winnipeg ICE are teaming up with Bell Media (99.9 Bounce FM, CFRW 1290 AM, CTV and Virgin Radio 103.1 FM) to share the excitement this season.  

All regular season and playoff games, presented by Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, can be heard on CFRW 1290 AM with Brian Munz and Kevin Olzsewski

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