The race for a WHL playoff spot creates teams that play desperation hockey. For about four and a half periods over the two games against the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Kelowna Rockets, Kootenay ran into two clubs in desperation mode and it almost cost them four points. Points that’ll come in handy if Kootenay wants to open the 2002 edition of the WHL playoffs at the Cranbrook Rec./Plex.
Although secure in the fact that the Kootenay ICE have a B.C. Division playoff spot wrapped up, where exactly they will finish is still up for grabs. With only six games remaining in the regular season and the ICE seven points back of Wednesday’s visitors, the Division-leading Kamloops Blazers, first place is all but out of reach. Concentrating on keeping their ominous hold on second place, and thus home-ice advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs, is now of paramount importance. Saturday’s effort against the Hurricanes, a 2-0 loss, was only overshadowed by the effort produced by the club the next night against the Rockets. Putting Coach Ryan McGill in a precariously better mood than just twenty-four hours prior. “It’s a good thing you didn’t,” said McGill of the fact he reserved comment until after Sunday night’s game against Kelowna, a 4-2 win, a decidedly better result. “Two playoff-type games that we’ll talk about this week and the fact that teams are trying to slow us down as far as the game tempo is.
“We like to play a high-tempo game and both teams (Lethbridge and Kelowna) tried to slow the face-offs down and tonight they (the Rockets) did a good job of Read more »