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Game 5 – ICE @ Regina

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP 

Tonight is the start to a three in three for the ICE.  This is the only time during the regular season when the ICE will play on three consecutive days.

Winnipeg is coming off an 8-0 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday night at the ICE Cave inside Wayne Fleming Arena.  WIth a 4-0 record, the ICE are off to their best start in franchise history outscoring their opposition 30-5.

The last time the ICE opened the season without a regulation loss in their first five games was 2004-05.  That team had a 4-0-1 record outscoring their opposition 13-2.

Wednesday’s win was number 100 for General Manager Matt Cockell and Head Coach James Patrick in their respective roles with the ICE.  Since relocating to Winnipeg, the ICE record is 60-29-2.

The ICE will be without defenseman Karter Prosofsky for the next two games.  He has been suspended by the WHL for a charging major and game misconduct penalty vs Prince Albert on Saturday.  Prosofsky was also suspended for opening night in Brandon due to a major penalty assessed in preseason play September 25th. 

ICE VS PATS

The ICE play Regina seven times during the WHL regular season. (Oct 6 @ Wpg 5-2 W / Tonight @ Reg / Tomorrow @ Wpg / Dec 29 @ Reg / Jan 15 @ Wpg / Jan 16 @ Wpg / Apr 1 @ Reg).

Winnipeg beat Regina 5-2 last Wednesday at ICE Cave inside Wayne Fleming Arena.  Zach Benson scored twice, while Chase Bertholet, Jakin Smallwood and Matthew Savoie rounded out the attack.  Daniel Hauser earned his third straight win in goal making 16 saves.

The ICE are 12-0-0-1 in their last 13 games played vs Regina.  The last time the Pats beat the ICE was Friday, October 12, 2018 in Cranbrook, B.C. by a 3-2 score.

Since relocating to Winnipeg and the East Division, the ICE are 10-0 vs Regina.

SCHEDULE

The ICE play six of their first eight games at The ICE Cave inside Wayne Fleming Arena.  Aside from opening night in Brandon (10-2 win), the only other game not in Winnipeg over the first three weeks of the ICE regular season schedule is tonight.

This is game five of six straight against East Division opponents. Their first game against a Central Division team is Sunday at home versus the Swift Current Broncos.  Last season, Winnipeg completed their 24 game schedule against the East Division with an 18-5-1 record, which included a 6-0-1 mark to finish the season.  

LEAGUE LEADERS

Seven players are tied at eight points, including ICE forwards Owen Pedersen, Mikey Milne and defenseman Ben Zloty to share the WHL lead.  Pederson has four goals and four assists, Milne has three goals and five assists while Zloty has one goal and seven assists.  They are tied with Brayden Schuurman of Victoria, Tristen Robins of Saskatoon along with Kamloops’ Logan Stankoven and Dylan Sydor.

Zloty is tied with Sydor to lead the WHL with seven assists.  Zloty also leads all WHL defensemen in points and assists.

Conor Geekie leads all WHL players with a plus minus rating of +9.

Zloty and Martin Bohm lead all WHL defensemen at +8.

Zach Benson leads all WHL rookies in points and goals (four goals and two assists for six points).

Benson also leads all WHL rookies with 13 shots on goal.

Matthew Savoie leads all WHL rookies with a plus minus rating of +6.

Gage Alexander and Everett’s Braden Holt are the only two goaltenders in the WHL to start the season with a shutout.

Daniel Hauser, along with Dylan Garand of Kamloops, Bryan Thompson of Lethbridge and Sebastian Cossa of Edmonton lead the WHL with 3 wins a piece.

ROSTER

The ICE roster includes 14 forwards, 9 defenseman and 2 goaltenders. 

– 8 players are from Manitoba (Bertholet, Bruce, Friesen, Geekie, Lambos, Muir, Swan, Young).
– There are currently three 20-year-old players (Muir, Orzeck, Smallwood).
– 19 players who skated for the ICE return from last season (Alexander, Benson, Bertholet, Boucher, Bruce, Form, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, McMaster, Milne, Muir, Orzeck, Pederson, Prosofsky, Smallwood, Young, Zloty).
– 17 players are selections by the ICE in the WHL Bantam Draft (Alexander, Benson, Boucher, Bruce, Edwards, Form, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, McMaster, Milne, Orzeck, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Zloty).
– 2 players were selected in the 2021 CHL Import Draft (Bohm, Streule).
17 players are eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft led by Matt 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, McMaster, Milne, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Streule, Swan, Young, Zloty). 

TRANSACTIONS

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

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, will be heard on CFRW 1290 AM. Click here to listen live.  Veteran broadcasters Brian Munz and Kevin Olszewski will bring you all the action starting with a 30 minute pregame show featuring players, coaches and the latest from around the WHL.

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