The Snakes and Ladders that is the Eastern Conference standings for the Kootenay Ice continued Wednesday night in Regina as the Pats outlasted the Ice 2-1. The Ice built up a 4-2 lead in Brandon the night before only to have it evaporate in the dying seconds though this time Jesse Ismond scored the only shootout goal to give the Ice the extra point in the standings in a 5-4 win.
Last night's highlites in Regina are here.
Though the video shows a lot of 2-on-1's I don't think it was reflective of the game as a whole. More of a goaltender's battle as both netminders played well. A stat that stands out however was the Ice going 0-6 on power play including a key 5-on-3 in the third period that fizzled. Jeff on the broadcast last night had an interesting stat that has the Ice 1-14 with the two-man advantage.
The Regina Leader-Post has a gamer here.
Scratches were F Drew Czerwonka, who is out with a knee injury for the next 4-6 weeks, and D Spencer Wand. F Luke Philp, 16, will likely join the club later this weekend in Saskatoon.
The loss puts the Ice at 33-20-4-4 and 74 points. The Calgary Hitmen leapfrogged them last night with a win over the Tigers, who are three up on the Ice with 77 points.
They didn't get the points but D Jeff Hubic continues to pump up the reputation as a big hitter and one that can throw 'em in a tussle with Regina D Kyle Burroughs. Video for that scrap is here.
Highlites against the Wheat Kings Tuesday night are here.
The Ice have more key match-ups this weekend against teams behind them in the standings. Saskatoon on Friday - that is televised on Sportsnet - and Saturday in Prince Albert against the Raiders.
With the Ice 11 points back of the Eastern Conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings with 11 games to go, the race has to realistically be for 3rd in the conference as the Tigers sit just three points up and are fighting some key injuries with F Kale Kessy, F Hunter Shinkaruk and G Tyler Bunz all out with upper body injuries, though listed as day-to-day.