The Major Midget Kootenay Ice play their first games at home in the new year this weekend as they get set to host the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
The 7-21-0-0 Ice are getting close to must-win territory as they look for two wins against the last place 5-22-0-1 Canadians. Kootenay currently sits seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Ice gave the defending champion Fraser Valley Thunderbirds a tough time last weekend in Abbotsford when the BCMML returned to action.
Fraser Valley battled to a 6-3 win over a stubborn Kootenay team on Saturday, before skating to a 6-1 victory Sunday.
After a scoreless first period, the Thunderbirds jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Owen Forefellow and Zachary Urquhart. Kootenay forward Judah Makway cut the lead in half at 15:47, but Dawson Good restored the two goal lead heading into the third.
The T-Birds took a 4-1 lead on a goal from Liam Tanner, but Ice leading scorer Noah Quinn scored on a breakaway to cut the lead in half.
Unfortunately for the Ice, Zack Feaver sniped a power play goal, before Quinn notched his second of the game to cut the lead to 5-3. An empty-netter completed the scoring for the Thunderbirds.
Sunday’s game was all Fraser Valley as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods, on their way to a 6-1 win.
The Ice will be part of the Hockey Day in Trail celebrations on Saturday as they open their two-game set with the Vancouver Canadians at the Cominco Arena at 11:30 a.m. Kootenay and the Canadians will then face off on Sunday at 9:45 a.m.