Kootenay ICE Return Empty Handed From U.S. Road Trip

Kootenay ICE forward Holden Kodak #11 scored his first career WHL on the road Friday, February 8, 2019 in a 7-4 loss to the Tri-City Americans. (Photo: Bradley Jones)

The Kootenay ICE dropped both of their weekend matchups as part of a two-game road trip to the United States, stretching their losing streak to three games.

Wanting to rebound from a 6-3 loss last week to the Medicine Hat Tigers, the ICE instead added two more losses to their WHL record. With 30 points through 54 games (11-35-7-1), the ICE hold the worst record in the league besides the Swift Current Broncos (10-38-5-2), who have just 24 points.

South of the border this past weekend, the ICE opened their road trip in Kennewick on Friday against the Tri-City Americans. Although the ICE would jump out to an early 3-1 lead with goals from Peyton Krebs, Cole Muir, and Holden Kodak, Kootenay would allow five unanswered goals, eventually losing 7-4.

Cole Muir led the ICE with one goal and one assist while rookie goaltender Jesse Makaj allowed six goals on 28 shots, with veteran Curtis Meger entering the game in the third period to face five shots, allowing one goal.

Now having lost two in a row, the ICE rolled into Spokane on Saturday for their fifth and final matchup with the Chiefs this season.

Spokane would complete the season sweep of the ICE, rolling to a 5-2 win. Former ICE netminder Bailey Brkin led the Chiefs by only allowing two goals on 31 shots, while Jack Finley netted two goals for Spokane.

Meanwhile, Martin Bodak led the ICE with two goals, Peyton Krebs picked up two assists, and Curtis Meger made 34 saves in Saturday's loss.

The Kootenay ICE return to action over the long weekend as they get set to host the Saskatoon Blades on Friday at Western Financial Place before Monday's matchup with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Family Day.

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