April 7, 2021, 5:00pm (MB)
Winnipeg ICE @ Moose Jaw Warriors
Brandt Centre, Regina SK
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LAST GAME: ICE 3 Blades 2 (OT), Tuesday, April 6. Peyton Krebs (7) scored the games’ opening goal and set up the overtime winner as the ICE extended their current streak to three straight wins – all as the away team (season-high). Owen Pederson (7) scored the decider on the powerplay. Chase Bertholet (2) had the other Winnipeg goal. Carl Stankowski made 27 saves, including blocking a third-period penalty shot, to improve to 2-2-0-0.
SCENE SETTER: The ICE (9-4-0-0) have won three in-a-row heading into tonight’s clash with the Warriors (6-6-1-0) who have won two straight. Winnipeg collected long-weekend wins over Prince Albert and Regina before topping Saskatoon. Moose Jaw blanked Saskatoon before edging Regina in a shootout. This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs with Winnipeg taking both games in regulation.
2021 SEASON SERIES:
Krebs Hits A Dozen: Peyton Krebs carries an 12-game point streak (7 goals, 16 assists) into tonight’s contest. The ICE captain is also on an 10-game assist streak with 15 helpers.
McClennon Magic: Connor McClennon extended his point streak to six games (2 goals, 5 assists) with an assist Tuesday at Saskatoon.
Scoring Centurion: Forward Owen Pederson has 14 points in his last 11 games (7 goals, 7 assists) and played his 100th WHL game versus Swift Current, Monday, March 15th.
No Small Feat: Jakin Smallwood has ten points in his last eight games (5 goals, 5 assists). Smallwood has nine goals in 13 games to start the season.
Mr. Zero: Gage Alexander picked up his first WHL shutout versus Prince Albert Friday, April 2nd stopping all 31 shots sent his way.
Geekie Adds Multi: 2004-born Conor Geekie had a goal and an assist versus Regina Saturday, April 3rd for his third multipoint game of the season.
Milne Returns In Style: Mikey Milne scored in his season debut against Prince Albert Friday, April 2nd. Milne, who had been sidelined due to injury, notched 13 goals and 33 points last season.
McClennon Hits A Hundred: Connor McClennon played his 100th Western Hockey League game vs Brandon, Thursday, March 25th. The second overall pick in the 2017 WHL Draft reached a century with 88 points to his credit (39 goals, 49 assists).
Krebs Milestone Man: Krebs hit 150 WHL assists with two helpers against Moose Jaw Sunday, March 28th. Also, Peyton’s goal versus Swift Current Friday, March 26th was the 200th point of his WHL career. Krebs’ first point was an assist in Lethbridge in his WHL debut on November 16, 2016.
WHL Firsts From The Hub:
April 3 @ Regina, Skylar Bruce scored his first WHL goal.
March 23 vs Regina, Chase Bertholet scored his first WHL goal.
March 18th @ Moose Jaw, Skyler Bruce and Rhys Raeside each recorded their first WHL point assisting on Cole Muir’s insurance goal, while goalie Carl Stankowski notched his first ICE win.
March 15th vs Swift Current, Zach Benson had his first goal, first assist, and first multi-point game. 2004-born Conor Geekie notched his first assist to earn his first point streak (2 games). After scoring 85 QMJHL goals, Anderson MacDonald notched his first Dub goal. And, 2004 born goalie Daniel Hauser collected the win in his first WHL appearance.
Powerplay Consistency: The ICE have scored a powerplay goal in 12 of their 13 games, and counted 20 powerplay goals in 60 advantages (33.3%). Winnipeg was 22.5% effective on the powerplay last season, tops in the East Division scoring 58 PPG in 63 games.
PK Boost: Winnipeg penalty killers were 3-for-3 versus Saskatoon leaving them 42-for-49 on the season (85.7%) with two shorthanded goals.
ICE streak stopped: Winnipeg’s season-high five-game win streak ended Thursday, March 25th with a 4-3 loss to Brandon. The ICE out-scored the opposition 24-12 over the five matches with ten special teams goals – 8 PPG and 2 SHG.
Back-to-Back: Tonight marks the start of Winnipeg’s fourth back-to-back set in the Hub. Winnipeg is 2-1-0-0 in the second games of those sets so far. The club plays a total of six back-to-backs this season.
Home Kings: 4-2-0-0 at home to start 2021, the ICE went 20-8-1-0 within the East Division in 2019-20 for the best record among the six teams.
Winning Ways: Winnipeg’s 38 total wins, and 22 home wins, were also East Division highs a season ago.
WHL Draft Dandies: six of the 26 players on the ICE roster are WHL Draft first round picks (Leppard [PG], Krebs, McClennon, Lambos, Geekie, and Benson).
Puck drops at 5:00PM CDT tonight, catch all the action live on CFRW 1290 AM, iHeartRadio App and winnipegICE.ca. Pre-game show starts at 4:30PM CDT with Mitch Peacock and Kevin Olszewski. Tonights game is also available on WHL Live on CHL TV.