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Streaking ICE Win Sixth-Straight, Beating Bedard-less Pats

Photos by Keith Hershmiller

Streaking ICE Win Sixth-Straight, Beating Bedard-less Pats

The Winnipeg ICE have put together a string of six-straight victories dating back to the very start of April. Led by captain Peyton Krebs and his lengthy 15-game point-scoring streak, the ICE earned victory No. 12 on the season Monday evening from the Regina Hub.

Taking on a Regina Pats team without its best player – rookie scoring sensation Connor Bedard – Winnipeg made quick work of the Pats, which entered Monday’s game on a two-game winning streak. Finishing with a 3-1 victory, each of the game’s four goals occurred in the first 30 minutes, before the contest was even half done.

Conor Geekie got things going just 5:09 into the opening frame with a perfectly placed shot on a partial break. Karter Prosofsky fed Geekie with the pass for his sixth assist of the season.

Regina did tie the game 10 minutes later on a Logan Nijhoff power play marker, but the ICE stormed back with a goal just a minute and 19 seconds later. Connor McClennon scored his team-leading 10th of the season on a Winnipeg power play, restoring the ICE lead as he notched his 100th career WHL point in the process.

With his point streak on the line, Peyton Krebs collected a sweet primary assist, sending a no-look pass to McClennon on his backhand, who potted his second goal of the game high, glove-side, just 6:09 into the second period. Manitoban Mike Ladyman drew the secondary assist on the play for his eighth point in 12 games this season.

With no scoring for the remainder of the second or third periods, Winnipeg hung on for the easy 3-1 victory, which saw the ICE put up 10 more shots than the Pats. Carl Stankowski turned aside 22 of the 23 shots he faced in the win, while Roddy Ross gave up three goals on 33 shots for Regina.

Now boasting a 12-4-0 record through the team’s first 16 games, Winnipeg will alternate games between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Swift Current Broncos over its next four contests, beginning on Wednesday evening with the Wheaties. Tied with Brandon for second place in the East Division, the ICE will look to pull ahead in the coming two weeks, as the team closes out its shortened, 24-game season on April 27.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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