The Kootenay Ice ran their winning streak to two as Game two of the nine-game road trip in Vancouver resulted in a 4-1 win.
The Lions are going to the Grey Cup; the Canucks won in OT but the Giants couldn't pull-off the trifecta as some Ice hometown boys took advantage of their only stop on their home stage in two years.
Sam Reinhart had a career best four-point night with a goal and three helpers while Joe Antilla and Max Reinhart both had a goal and an assist in the 4-1 win. Brock Montgomery was the non-BC'er to round out the scoring with his 4th of the season on the power play in the second period with the game-winner.
Nathan Lieuwen despite facing a barrage of 28 shots and Giant forwards who were in his face all night, stopped 27 of them to get the win.
The highlites - done right and up within an hour of the game's end - are on the Giants website here. The Vancouver Sun has a recap here.
The Ice improved to 15-5-1-2 and 33 points on the season but not much changed as the club remains atop the Central Division but tied for second in the Eastern Conference as both the Blades (6-5 over Calgary) and the Wheaties (7-6 in OT over Moose Jaw) won tonight.
The Ice halted the Giants six-game winning streak with the 4-1 win.
Ice captain Drew Czerwonka took his turn sitting out tonight as now two of the six veterans who broke team rules have sat out. I'm told that Jesse Ismond, Dylen McKinley, Luke Paulsen and Elgin Pearce are the other four that will also serve one game each on the road trip.
Attendance was 5608 at the Pacific Colosseum despite another sell-out for the Canucks and a further 41,000+ at BC Place to watch the Lions get to the Grey Cup at the Dome next week. Not bad for the G-men but at the same time Jeff H. on the broadcast said that over 600 fans/friends showed up to see Ice forward Joe Antilla play. Antilla is from Madeira Park, about 30 minutes up the Sunshine Coast from Sechelt (Beachcomer land for those unfamiliar). I think I heard that right and Jeff said he triple checked the number. 600, unbelievable. Maybe some of those included fans of the Reinhart boys, who took home first (Sam) and third (Max) star honours tonight. Or Nathan Lieuwen (Abbotsford) or Elgin Pearce (Port Coquitlam) or Dylen McKinley (Langley) or Adam Rossignol (Surrey) or Mike Simpson (Semiahmoo - White Rock). Or even Mackenzie Skapski (Abbotsford) as no fewer than nine members of the Ice call the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley home. That would make more sense but maybe I heard it wrong.
Steve Ewen of The Province has a great recap and story here.
The road trip continues as the Ice are in Prince George to face the Cougars Tuesday. Gametime is 8PM Mountain and as always on The Drive.
Coincidentally there's an ice/snow storm warning for the Lower Mainland tonight as the Kootenay Ice head for Prince George. Sounds like the warning was issued a little too late.