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Game 6 – Regina @ ICE

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP 

Gage Alexander made 26 saves and Skyler Bruce scored the game winning goal on the power play early in the third period last night as the ICE doubled the Pats 4-2 in Regina.  The win improved Winnipeg’s record to 5-0, their best start in franchise history.

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.

The ICE will be without defenseman Karter Prosofsky for a second consecutive night.  This is the final game of a two game suspension handed down 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 / Last Night @ Reg 4-2 W / Tonight @ Wpg / Dec 29 @ Reg / Jan 15 @ Wpg / Jan 16 @ Wpg / Apr 1 @ Reg).

The ICE are 13-0-0-1 in their last 14 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 11-0 vs Regina.

SCHEDULE

This is the final game of six straight against East Division opponents. Their first game against a Central Division team is tomorrow 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

Ben Zloty leads all WHL defensemen with seven assists, eight points and a plus minus rating of +9.
Conor Geekie leads all WHL players with a plus minus rating of +9.
Zach Benson is tied with Brayden Yager of Moose Jaw to lead all WHL rookies with four goals. 
Matthew Savoie leads all WHL rookies with eight assists, nine points and a plus minus rating of +7.
Gage Alexander leads all WHL goaltenders with a 1.00 goals against average.

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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