The Score – Kootenay 2 – Edmonton 1
What Happened – On paper this should’ve been a walk. At least six regulars out of the line-up; a rookie goaltender and a team with nothing to play for almost played the spoiler on this night. Check that, goaltender Laurent Brossoit, almost played the spoiler, stopping 49 shots in the 2-1 Ice win. Kootenay threw everything at the kid and he stood tall for all but two shots.
The Goals – After a first five that featured at least 10 chances for both clubs a rush into the Edmonton zone saw Sylvester delay just inside the line, watch everybody but James Martin pass him, dish it to Martin who then wired his 8th… Outshot 27-9 the visitors cashed in on their tenth shot after losing a face-off with Sebastian Svendsen deflecting a Robin Soudek point-shot that got by Todd Mathews to tie it at one…. With some uncanny puck-sense Sylvester picked up the puck on a neutral zone clear and somehow threaded a pass to Kevin King who accelerated in on Brossoit and only moved only when it was by him to make it 2-1.
The Awards – Kootenay handed out their year-end awards prior to the start of the game Saturday: Players Award – Dustin Sylvester; Regular Season MVP – Dustin Sylvester; Best D-man – Brayden McNabb; Rookie of the Year – Joey Leach; Most Improved – James Martin; Scholastic Player of the Year – Nathan Lieuwen; Most Underrated Player – Ryan Molle; East Kootenay Community Credit Union Community Relations Player of the Year Award - Matt Fraser. Fraser, who worked tirelessly on his campaign to raise funds for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, helped raise over $14,000 towards the cause.
The 4th(??) Line – Though some might see it as a demotion for forward Joe Antilla who spent most of the season on the third unit, playing between Dominick Pacovsky and Christian Magnus isn’t so bad. At one point in the second period the trio hemmed the Oil Kings in their own zone for over two minutes, generating four or five scoring chances.
The Review – In the third period with the Ice pressing – that happened a lot on this night – Kevin King poked a loose puck past Brossoit but referee Ryan Thompson waived it off because he’d blown the play dead. He didn’t go upstairs for a review. In the closing stages of the game a scramble around goaltender Todd Mathews net produced a late whistle that the timekeeper didn’t hear and thus let the clock run down about six seconds further than it should. Thompson went upstairs to set the time straight, and rightly so, but in relation to the first waived-off goal I’m told the video review booth will call down to the timekeeper’s bench if Thompson was wrong. I thought he was but obviously the video guys thought differently. How long again do we have to wait for the league-mandated replay screen in the building?
The close call – Early in the third period Ice forward Steele Boomer went hard into the end boards and left the game favouring his right shoulder. He returned at the ten minute mark looking no worse for wear.
What it means – The win gives the Ice a 43-24-3-2 record on the season, good for 4th in the Eastern conference and a long way from the 5-11 start to the season. The Ice will host the Medicine Hat Tigers starting Friday for game one of the WHL Playoffs. The 43 wins is the best showing by an Ice since 2006-07 when they notched 49.
The Crowd – 2998 – the announced average attendance this season was 2807, a drop of 263 per game - though there's been no school ticket program for the most part this season - from a year ago.
Rec Plex Three Stars:
1. G Laurent Brossoit – An incredible 49 save performance
2. LW Dustin Sylvester – Two assists caps a great 20-year-old season with 93 points, tied with Adam Cracknell for the third-highest point-total by an Ice player (Jarrett Stoll – 106 in 2000-01 and Jay Henderson – 94 in 1997-98)
3. RW Kevin King – Game-winner
Up Next – The Tigers are here Friday for Game one of the Best-of-Seven quarter-final series.
Oil Kings 1 @ Ice 2
CRANBROOK, B.C. - Western Hockey League summary for regular season game between the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Kootenay Ice. March 13, 2010
It took 51 shots fired at Edmonton Oil King rookie goaltender Laurent Brossoit but the Kootenay Ice managed to put two goals by the 16-year-old and held on for a 2-1 win and clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the WHL Playoffs.
James Martin opened the scoring for the Ice 5:22 into the game with a point-blast that eluded Brossoit for a 1-0 Ice lead.
The Oil Kings would tie it on Sebastian Svendsen's 12th of the season 7:04 into the second but Kevin King, with his 28th, would get the eventual game-winner at 14:07.
Todd Mathews stopped 20 of 21 shots to preserve the win while Brossoit stopped 49 of 51 shots and was named the game's first star in taking the loss.
With the win the Ice will host the Medicine Hat Tigers to open the WHL Playoffs on Friday.
1. Kootenay, Martin 8 (Sylvester, King) 5:22
Penalties --Svendsen Edm (hooking) 7:30, Fraser Ktn (tripping) 13:12, Hlookoff Edm (holding) 15:07, Laroque Edm (hooking) 15:53, Boomer Ktn (hooking) 19:42.
2. Edmonton, Svendsen 12 (Soudek, St. Croix) 7:04
3. Kootenay, King 28 (Sylvester) 14:07
Penalties -- Antilla Ktn (delay-of-game) 17:02, Burns Edm (unsportsmanlike conduct) Rintoul Ktn (high-sticking) 19:49.
Penalties -- Bench Minor Edm (too-many-men - served by Wilson) 3:12, Proulx Edm (slashing) 7:28, Laroque Edm (hooking) 10:57, Foster Edm Mathews Ktn (roughing - served by Reinhart) 19:57.
Shots on goal by
Kootenay: 22 12 17 - 51
Edmonton: 8 8 5 - 21
Goal -- Kootenay: Todd Mathews (W, 33-14-3-2) Edmonton: Laurent Brossoit (L, 0-1-0-0)
Power Plays -- (goals-chances)
Referee -- Jeff Ingram, Ryan Thompson. Linesman -- Steve Cochrane, Tyler Adair.
Attendance -- 2998 (4264)
Kootenay: Luke Paulsen (healthy), Brendan Hurley (healthy).
Edmonton: Cam Lanigan, Adrien Van de Mosselaer, Mark Pysyk, Stephane Legaultj, Devin Balness, Dylan Wruck, Rhett Rachinski, Lane Werbowksi.
Summary courtesy Jeff Bromley of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman