Kootenay Ice: ICE CHIPS

By pbadmin

The Record:
The Kootenay Ice now have a 5-4-3 (4-3-1-0 at home, 1-1-2-0 on the road and 0-0-3-0 in overtime) record after suffering two losses last week. The first loss was to Lethbridge on Wednesday, October 20 (in Lethbridge) with a final score of 6-3. The second loss came at home on Friday, October 23 when the Ice succumbed to a 5-2 final versus Prince Albert Raiders. This now places the Ice fourth in the Central Division and in a three-way-tie for 7th overall in the WHL.
In The Line-Up:
The Ice welcomed back Steve McCarthy in Friday’s game after he returned from his 5-game stint with the Chicago Blackhawks in which he had 1 goal and 1 assist. Kudos to Steve for his excellent performance in his NHL debut. Although Steve wasn’t on the opening line, the crowd showed its appreciation when Steve took to the ice about 1 minute into the game. With many standing, and everyone cheering, he must have known how proud we are. I can actually say that I have a genuine autographed NHL jersey now as I waited in line behind a ton of kids (all with their own hockey stories to tell the players) at the mall on Sunday when the Ice autographed calendars and jerseys and the like. I had my Ice jersey signed by all and then pulled out my Chicago Blackhawks jersey and asked Steve to sign the crest. He was very flattered and said “great jersey” with a huge smile on his face. Thanks Steve…
The Ice also welcomed forward Zdenek Blatny to the roster on Friday night. Blatny was obtained from the Seattle Thunderbirds in a trade last week. Seattle was suffering from euro-mania, having three after Oleg Saprykin was returned to them from the Calgary Flames and having traded for Alex Fomitchev from the Calgary Hitmen. Blatny has tremendous speed, shoots the puck well and goes to the net every time. He played on the top line with fellow European Jaroslav Svoboda and Mike Green. Although the line failed to produce that night, I think that we can expect a lot from them. Blatny was taken by the Atlanta Thrashers in the third round (68th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. This was a somewhat confusing trade, so I am going to retype part of our newspaper article that describes the trade:

“The Kootenay Ice announced on Monday, October 25 that right-winger Kyle Wanvig and future considerations had been traded to Seattle completing the deal that sent center Zdenek Blatny to the Kootenay Ice on the 21st of October. Just after the Seattle Thunderbirds acquired Kyle Wanvig from the Kootenay Ice to complete the Zdenek Blatny deal, they traded him to the Red Deer Rebels for future considerations.

Are Two Refs Too Many:
The Ice played both games last week under the new two-ref system. I am not sure that I like this system for the fact that “diving” becomes tripping, “boarding” becomes cross-checking, et cetera. It almost seems like the refs are constantly playing the “Did you see it? I didn’t see it” game. A 2 ½ hour game now takes 3 or more hours because of the constant stop of play and there is no real flow to the game. In the NHL games that I have watched with this new system, you don’t really notice the four stripes on the Ice because the flow is still there, but I think for this to work in the CHL they have to realize that not everything deserves two minutes.
Second Period Woes Continue:
The biggest hurdle for the Ice to overcome now that the roster is set would have to be the second period. So far this year, the Ice have given up 23 goals in the second period while getting only 7 themselves. Ryan McGill, Ice head coach, has been quoted as saying “It’s been a joke. We’ve addressed it in the last three games, in the meetings and in the dressing room between periods. I’m not sure why, and it’s pretty sad when it’s the twelfth game of the year and I’m not sure.” Referring to Friday nights game, “In the second period we played with no discipline and stopped doing the little things right.”
Game Recaps:
Ice @ Lethbridge
October 20, 1999
Ice loss 6-3 Ice Goals:
Jarret Stoll (Ferguson & Johnson)
Mike Green (Green)
Dean Arsene (Iannone)
Goalie:
B.J. Boxma (27 minutes – 12 Saves, 4 GA)
Dan Blackburn (33 minutes – 13 saves, 2GA)

Ice vs. Prince Albert
October 22, 1999
Ice loss 5-2
Ice Goals:
Graham Belak (Unassisted, SH)
Tyler Beechey (Sinclair)
Goalie:
B.J. Boxma (37 Saves, 5 GA)

Player Profiles – The Euro’s:
JAROSLAV SVOBODA – RW
Born: June 1, 1980 in Sternberk, CZR
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 188 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Cervenka, CZR
NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes (8th Round, 1998)
Acquired: 1998 CHL Import Draft (1st Round)
Family: Dad (Jaroslav), Mom (Marie), Sisters (Martina, Blanka)
1998/1999 Recap:

Club: Kootenay Ice Games: 54
Goals: 26
Assists: 33
Points: 59
Penalty Minutes: 46

WATCH FOR A MORE PHYSICAL STYLE OF PLAY FROM SVOBODA THIS YEAR AFTER THIS WAS ADDRESSED DURING HIS PRESEASON PLAY THE CAROLINA HURRICANES TRAINING CAMP

ZDENEK BLATNEY – C/LW
Born: January 14, 1981
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Brno, CZR
NHL Draft: Atlanta Thrashers (3rd round, 68th overall, 1999)
Acquired: Trade with Seattle in October 1999
1998/1999 Recap:

Club: Seattle Thunderbirds
Games: 44
Goals: 18
Assists: 15
Points: 33
Penalty Minutes: 25