The Winnipeg ICE improved their record to 13-10-1 on the season splitting a two-game series in Washington this weekend with the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs.
After winning two of three games to begin their tour through the U.S. Division the past week (5-4 overtime win vs Everett, 4-1 loss to Portland, 5-2 win over Seattle), the ICE took two of four points this past weekend, topping the Americans 3-2 in overtime Friday, before dropping a 5-3 loss to the Chiefs Saturday.
Winnipeg outshot Tri-City 41-35 Friday evening, and capitalized on a strong goaltending performance from Jesse Makaj. Blake Stevenson put the Americans up 2-0 on back-to-back early second period strikes.
The ICE however, responded quickly, with Cole Muir and Jakin Smallwood finding the twine later in the middle frame. Jackson Leppard collected assists on both markers. With no scoring in either the first or third period, Winnipeg found the winner two minutes into the extra frame, as Isaac Johnson collected his eighth of the season, unassisted, for the game-winner.
Travelling from Kennewick to Spokane, WA. the following day, the ICE came out firing against the Chiefs, but ultimately dropped the high-scoring contest 5-3, running out of steam in the third period. Connor McClennon, Reece Harsch and Jakin Smallwood each scored for Winnipeg, while Jesse Makaj stopped 27 of 31 shots he faced in the loss.
The ICE return to their home province for a Friday night test against the Wheat Kings in Brandon, before playing their next five games back in Manitoba’s capital at the Wayne Fleming Arena, as Brandon, Swift Current, Regina, Kamloops and Kelowna make their way to town. Puck drop on Friday from Westoba Place is set for 7:30 PM central.