Kootenay Ice goalie Jake Kemp watches the bouncing puck as the Ice skated to a 4-2 win over South Island Royals Friday before dropping Saturday’s match, 3-2.

BCMML: Kootenay Ice split with South Island Royals

After a split with the Royals the Kootenay Ice return to the Island this week to take on Silvertips

On any given day, it seems, any team can win or lose in the BC Major Midget Hockey League, and the Kootenay Ice did both last weekend with a split against the basement-dwelling South Island Royals.

Kootenay Ice coach Kris Boyce was pretty clear before the Island road trip that he’d only be satisfied with one result.

“We play South Island and North Island in back-to-back weekends on the Island, and we have to come out of there with four wins. We have to,” said Boyce.

Kootenay started off well, skating to a 4-2 victory in a rare Friday afternoon match in Victoria, however, a hot goalie melted the Ice on Saturday in a 3-2 loss.

In Friday’s match, Dawson Creek product Mason McLeod notched his third of the year to open the scoring on a setup from Erik Delaire and Quaid Anderson. Simon Nemethy made it 2-0 on a great individual effort at 15:51 of the second period, before the Royals replied with Brax Klassen beating Ice goalie Jake Kemp to cut the lead to one at the 10-minute mark.

Brett Walchuk scored the winner for Kootenay on a second period power-play goal that put the Ice up 3-1 with 2:43 to play in the second period. Jaxen Waterstreet completed the Ice scoring, tallying his second goal of the season on a pass from Martin Ingram early in the third to put the Ice up 4-1. South Island’s Tyler Stinchcombe added one more with less than a minute remaining for the 4-2 final.

After playing the league-leading Prince George Cougars into overtime last weekend, Kootenay was confident heading into the match up against a Royals team with just one win on the season. But South Island improved their record to 2-14-0, stunning the Ice in Saturday’s match up.

The Royals jumped out to a 2-0 second period lead on goals from Michael Hoekstra and Rowan Miller, but Marty Ingram cut the lead to one with 2:33 left to play in the second period. The Ice owned puck possession and had a number of scoring opportunities but Royals goalie Connor Cheyne was unbeatable. The Royals went up 3-1 on a Klassen goal with 14:59 left in the third period, and Cheyne held the Ice at bay until Kootenay AP Jesse Ihas netted his first of the season with just four seconds remaining in regulation.

Kootenay’s fifth win of the season leaves them in eighth place in the BCMML standings, a point behind the Vancouver NE Chiefs. But it was a wild weekend in the BCMML with parity and upsets reigning supreme.

The sixth place Kelowna Rockets took 3-of-4 points from the first-place Valley West Hawks, and the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds trounced the tied-for-top-spot Prince George Cougars 7-2 on Sunday, while the ninth seeded North Island Silvertips beat third-place Vancouver Canadians 3-2.

The 5-7-0-2 Kootenay Ice travel to Nanaimo this weekend to play the 5-8-1-0 North Island Silvertips on Saturday and Sunday at Frank Crane Arena.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Body of Slocan River drowning victim recovered

The man was swimming near Winlaw on Wednesday.

79 calls to Trail RCMP over August long

Break & enters, mental health calls, and public intoxication are included in the Trail RCMP summary

International Cat Day today #meow

On International Cat Day please share photos of your love-able felines

Trail Parks and Rec opens TALC Fitness Centre

Trail Parks and Rec to open Trail Aquatic Centre’s gym on Tuesday, pool to open in mid-September

Nelson’s SMRT1 Technologies to provide vending tech to Vancouver company

UpMeals will launch 22 machines across Canada using SMRT1’s personalized machines

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Most Read