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Game #4 – ICE @ Medicine Hat

ICE CHIPS 

The Winnipeg ICE conclude a three game road trip tonight in Medicine Hat. The ICE are coming off a 5-0 victory last night in Swift Current.

Daniel Hauser earned his ninth career WHL shutout making 27 saves. Zach Benson scored twice while Owen Pederson, Connor McClennon and Evan Friesen also found the back of the net. Benson and McClennon each finished the game with four points.

ICE VS TIGERS

The ICE and Tigers will play four times during the regular season (Tonight @ MH / Jan 14 @ Wpg / Mar 1 @ MH / Mar 7 @ Wpg).

Winnipeg had an 6-0 record versus Medicine Hat during the 2021-22 regular season led by forward Connor McClennon who registered 14 points (7 goals and 7 assists) in 6 games. 

WHO’S HOT

Daniel Hauser is on a personal seven game winning streak dating back to last season
Connor McClennon is on a seven game point streak (6-6-12) dating back to last season
Zach Benson is on a six game point streak (5-5-10) dating back to last season
Owen Pederson is on a five game point streak (2-4-6) dating back to last season
Ben Zloty is on a three game point streak (0-3-3)

MILESTONES

Matthew Savoie is three points shy of 100 career WHL points
Ben Zloty is two assists shy of 100 career WHL assists
Connor McClennon is one point shy of 200 career WHL points and five goals shy of 100 WHL career goals
Conor Geekie is four games away from 100 career WHL games played and six points shy of 100 career WHL points

ROSTER 

Tonight’s game roster features 14 forwards, seven defencemen and three goaltenders. Three players are currently with their NHL teams: Lambos (Minnesota), Milne (Minnesota) and Savoie (Buffalo).
– 19 players skated in at least one regular season game for the ICE last season (Benson, Bruce, Cowan, Cumby, Fraser, Friesen, Geekie, Harmacy, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Mettimano, Milne, Oiring, Pederson, Savoie, Streule, Woo, Zloty).
– The ICE have added seven players with WHL experience to this year’s roster (Arp, Brinson, Maddocks, Medernach, Nash, Shilo, Wood).
– 18 players were selected by the ICE in the WHL Prospects Draft (Benson, Bruce, Cowan, Cumby, Dale, Fraser, Geekie, Harmacy, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Mettimano, Milne, Oiring, Pederson, Savoie, Woo, Zloty).
9 players are from Manitoba (Arp, Bruce, Cowan, Friesen, Geekie, Harmacy, Lambos, Woo, Wood).

LOOKING BACK AT 2021-22

Six members of the Winnipeg ICE were named by the Western Hockey League as All Stars and East Division nominees for the league’s annual awards.

WHL East Division First All-Star Team

Goaltender – Daniel Hauser (Chestermere, Alta.) – Winnipeg ICE
Defenceman – Carson Lambos (Winnipeg, Man.) – Winnipeg ICE
Forward – Matthew Savoie (St. Albert, Alta.) – Winnipeg ICE

Nominee for the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy presented by Real Canadian Superstore, awarded annually to the WHL Goaltender of the Year:
East Division – Daniel Hauser (Chestermere, Alta.) – Winnipeg ICE

Nominee for the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy presented by Westland Insurance, awarded annually to the WHL Humanitarian of the Year:
East Division – Conor Geekie (Strathclair, Man.) – Winnipeg ICE

Nominee and winner of the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the WHL’s Coach of the Year:
East Division – James Patrick – Winnipeg ICE

Nominee and winner of the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the WHL’s Executive of the Year:
East Division – Matt Cockell – Winnipeg ICE

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

Daniel Hauser – 1st in shutouts with 8, 1st in goal against average at 2.00, tied for 1st in wins with 34, 3rd in save percentage at .914
Gage Alexander – 5th in goals against average at 2.40, tied for 8th in save percentage at .911
Ben Zloty – tied for 6th in assists with 56, 3rd in assists by a defenceman with 56, tied for 5th in points by a defenceman with 64, 6th in plus/minus by a defenceman at +38, tied for 7th in power play assists by a defenceman with 27, tied for 3rd in first goals scored by a defenceman with 3, 4th in points per game by a defenceman with 1.03
Carson Lambos – 5th in plus/minus by a defenceman at +42
Nolan Orzeck – 1st in plus/minus at +62
Zach Benson – tied for 3rd in first goals scored with 8, 6th in rookie points with 63, 9th in rookie goals with 25, tied for 10th in rookie game winning goals with 4, 1st in rookie first goals scored with 8, 8th in rookie assists with 38, 3rd in rookie plus/minus at +40, tied for 10th in rookie game winning goals with 4, 5th in rookie points per game at 1.09
Skyler Bruce – appeared in all 68 games
Cole Muir – appeared in all 68 games
Maximilian Streule – 10th in rookie plus/minus at +27
Jakin Smallwood – appeared in all 68 games
Mikey Milne – appeared in all 68 games, 10th in goals with 38, 2nd in plus/minus at +56
Conor Geekie – tied for 5th in plus/minus at +46
Matthew Savoie – 9th in WHL points with 90, tied for 8th in assists with 55, 1st in plus/minus at +54, 1st in rookie points with 90, 2nd in rookie goals with 35, 2nd in rookie power play goals with 12, tied for 10th in rookie game winning goals with 4, 2nd in rookie assists with 55, 3rd in rookie power play assists with 22, 1st in rookie plus/minus at +54, 1st in rookie points per game at 1.38
Connor McClennon – tied for 6th in goals with 43, tied for 7th in power play goals with 13, tied for 3rd in first goals scored with 8

Daniel Hauser, Gage Alexander and Dawson Cowan combined for 12 shutouts. The WHL record for most shutouts in a season belongs to the 2003-04 Kelowna Rockets when Kelly Guard and Derek Yeomans combined for 14.

TRANSACTIONS

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

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

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