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Game 8 – Moose Jaw @ ICE

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP 

The Winnipeg ICE look to continue their early season success after sweeping a trio of games this past weekend against Regina and Swift Current.  Sunday’s finale was a 3-1 decision over the Broncos here at the ICE Cave inside Wayne Fleming Arena when Connor McClennon scored the game winning goal and Gage Alexander made18 saves.

The win improved Winnipeg’s record to 7-0, their best start in franchise history.

Mikey Milne enters tonight’s game against Moose Jaw on a season high seven game point streak (five goals and six assists for 11 points).

Matthew Savoie has points in five straight games (three goals and eight assists) for 11 games.

ICE VS WARRIORS

The ICE play Moose Jaw seven times during the WHL regular season (Tonight @ Wpg / Saturday @ MJ / Jan 3 @ Wpg / Jan 28 @ MJ / Mar 15 @ Wpg / Mar 30 @ MJ / Apr 2 @ MJ).

The ICE are 8-0 vs the Warriors in their last eight games.  

SCHEDULE

The ICE are playing six of their first eight games on home ice to open the regular season.  Winnipeg travels to Moose Jaw on Saturday to open a five game road trip which continues into Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge.  The ICE then return home for five straight.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Owen Pederson is 1 point shy of 100 WHL points (129GP 50-49-99)
  • Connor McClennon is 3 assists shy of 70 career WHL assists
  • Connor McClennon is 5 goals shy of 60 career WHL goals
  • Ben Zloty is 3 assists shy of 50 career WHL assists

LEAGUE LEADERS

  • Martin Bohm, Connor McClennon, Mikey Milne, Nolan Orzeck and Matthew Savoie lead all WHL players with a plus minus rating of +9.
  • Ben Zloty lead all WHL defensemen with eight assists and nine points.
  • Zach Benson leads all WHL rookies with five goals.
  • Matthew Savoie leads all WHL rookies with nine assists, 12 points and a plus minus rating of +9.
  • Daniel Hauser shares the WHL goaltenders wins lead at four with Dylan Garand of Kamloops and Sebastian Cossa of Edmonton
  • Gage Alexander leads all WHL goaltenders with a 1.00 goals against average.

ROSTER

The ICE roster includes 14 forwards, 7 defenseman and 2 goaltenders. 
– 7 players are from Manitoba (Bertholet, Bruce, Friesen, Geekie, 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).
– 16 players are selections by the ICE in the WHL Bantam Draft (Alexander, Benson, Boucher, Bruce, Edwards, Form, Geekie, Hauser, Lambos, McClennon, Milne, 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 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, Milne, Pederson, Prosofsky, Savoie, Streule, Swan, Zloty). 

TRANSACTIONS

Oct 20 – assigned defenseman Anson McMaster to a team to be named at a later date
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

 

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