It also took the former Kootenay ICE just five games to win three games in 2018-19, however, Kootenay lost its next six games, before finishing the first half 5-19-6. So what’s to say the ICE do not fall into the same patterns from last year?
Well for starters, they are currently based in the hockey-mad city of Winnipeg, have seven of eight possible points on the road and have been playing without captain Peyton Krebs, who continues to recover from offseason leg surgery. The veterans on the second-place Winnipeg ICE have stepped up their collective games, while rookies have engraved a new, exciting future for the WHL’s most eastern franchise.
Winnipeg’s 19 goals ranks second in the league to the Kamloops Blazers, while its 57 total penalty minutes is also near the top. Forward Michal Teply’s four goals puts him in a 10-way tie for first in the league, while his two game-winners are also a league-best. Fellow rookies Carson Lambos and Nino Kinder are also in the top-five in rookie scoring with five points apiece.
Following a split-series with new provincial rival Brandon Wheat Kings, the ICE headed out to Saskatchewan for three games in three days, in which the visitors put up 7-6 and 5-2 victories over the Saskatoon Blades and Regina Pats, respectively, while dropping a tight 3-2 overtime loss to the Prince Albert Raiders.
After playing four of its first five games on the road to begin the 2019-20 WHL season, the ICE have returned home to Wayne Fleming Arena for a weekend tilt against the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings (2-1-2) on Friday and the Vancouver Giants (3-2-0) on Saturday. Both games feature 7:30 PM central start times.