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ICE Begin 2022-23 Right Where They Left Off: At the Top

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ICE Begin 2022-23 Right Where They Left Off: At the Top

The Winnipeg ICE have found themselves in familiar territory – that of first-place.

Not only is Winnipeg sitting first in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference with a sparking 4-0-0 record, but the team is also atop the league standings, as well as being tied with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leauge’s Sherbrooke Phoenix for first place outright across the entire Canadian Hockey League.

On Wednesday, the CHL’s Top-10 Power Rankings following Week No. 1 of major junior action, and to no surprise the ICE were right back atop the leaderboard, following the CHL’s early prediction to a T.

Opening the calendar with narrow 4-3 overtime victory over provincial rival Brandon Wheat Kings, the ICE rolled over their next three opponents, facing not much for competition along the way. Winnipeg gave up two total goals along the way, beating Prince Albert 6-2 on Wednesday, before shutting out Swift Current 5-0 two days later. They battled in Medicine Hat on Saturday, to which the visitors walked away with a 5-2 victory.

Making matters even better for the ICE is the fact that the club has just been sent star defenceman Carson Lambos, who was released by the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

CHL Power Rankings:

1. Winnipeg ICE
2. Quebec Remparts
3. Seattle Thunderbirds
4. Sherbrooke Phoenix
5. Kamloops Blazers
6. Gatineau Olympiques
7. Guelph Storm
8. Owen Sound Attack
9. Flint Firebird
10. Portland Winterhawks
HM. Mississauga Steelheads
HM. Halifax Mooseheads
HM. Everett Silvertips

*Courtesy of the CHL:

Picking up where they left off, the defending Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy recipient Winnipeg ICE have had a perfect start to the new campaign, helping them to hold steady atop the national rankings from the preseason edition. Among the early success stories in Winnipeg is Arizona Coyotes 2022 first rounder Conor Geekie who netted his first career hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 road win against Medicine Hat. The second-overall selection from the 2019 WHL Draft finished last season with 70 points in 63 games.

For his work between the pipes for the ICE, goaltender Daniel Hauser was announced as the WHL’s Goaltender of the Week following the first week of the season. He went 2-0-0 and posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .964 save percentage. The 18-year-old Albertan stopped 53 of the 55 shots he faced over his 120 minutes of work.

Winnipeg is in the middle of a 13-game road trip to begin the season. Currently 4-0-0, the team will take on the Regina Pats on Friday night at the Brandt Centre. Puck drop is set for 8:00 PM central time.

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 or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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