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Winnipeg ICE Move to 17-1-0 With Sunday’s Shutout Over Blades

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Winnipeg ICE Move to 17-1-0 With Sunday’s Shutout Over Blades

The Winnipeg ICE are by far the greatest team in all of the Canadian Hockey League. Made up of three leagues, 60 teams and approximately 1,500 players the newest team in all of the Western Hockey League boasts the very best record.

And it isn’t even close. Not by any measure of the word.

Currently sitting at 17-1-0 through 18 games of the 2021-22 CHL season, Winnipeg earned its latest victory by way of shutout, nonetheless, over the visiting Saskatoon Blades in the second game of a back-to-back from the Wayne Fleming Arena at the University of Manitoba.

After Alexander Gage shut the door on all but one Tristen Robins strike on a 4-1 win over Saskatoon on Saturday, Daniel Hauser posted a 19-save shutout Sunday night at home. Leading the way offensively for the ICE was Connor Geekie and Mikey Milne, who each amassed a goal and three helpers, while Jakin Smallwood collected two goals and an assist in the lopsided 6-0 win.

With his four-point night, Milne moved into a tie with teammate Matthew Savoie for the league lead in points with 29, while also pulling even with fellow teammate Connor McClenon for the league lead in goals (14).

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s top team is the Sherbrooke Phoenix, which sit at 13-3-0 through 16 games, good enough for 26 points and a .813 points percentage. The Ontario Hockey League’s best is the 11-1-1 London Knights, which boast 23 points and a .885 points percentage. Putting Winnipeg’s 34 points into perspective is its points percentage of .944.

Next up for the ICE is a two-game, weekend road trip through Swift Current and Medicine Hat. Winnipeg takes on the Broncos Friday night before battling the Tigers on Saturday evening.

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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