Kootenay Ice host the defending BCMML champion Fraser Valley Thunderbirds on Saturday and Sunday at the Cominco Arena. Jim Bailey photo.

BCMML: Kootenay Ice take two from Royals

The Kootenay Ice swept their two-game series against the South Island Royals on the weekend

Kootenay Ice left Victoria on Sunday with two big wins in BC Major Midget League hockey action on the weekend.

The Ice defeated the South Island Royals 5-2 on Saturday then completed the sweep with a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

Ice forward Ashton Underhill scored Sunday’s game winner converting a setup from Cole Cowan and Noah Quinn with 5:28 remaining in the third period to give the Ice a 3-2 lead.

The game-winning tally was Underhill’s third goal and fifth point of the season for the 16-year-old Whitehorse product.

Kootenay had a tough run, going 0-6 against three of the top teams in the league, before breaking out of their slump.

Related read: Okanagan Rockets sweep Kootenay Ice

South Island’s Simon Pollock put the Royals up 1-0 at 11:52 of the first period, but Kootenay replied just over a minute later when Anthony Williams and Underhill set up Noah Quinn for a shorthanded tally.

South Island’s Ethan Ewer scored the lone goal in the middle period with 43 seconds remaining for a 2-1 Royals lead.

But the Ice rallied in the third. Trail’s Ethan Smyth tied it at 17:21 with helpers going to Austin McKenzie and Gavin Damstrom.

After a Kootenay goal was disallowed, Underhill gave the Ice the lead, and Connor Cooper, another Whitehorse recruit, notched his first of the season with an empty net goal to make it 4-2 with 49 seconds left on the clock.

The victory improves Kootenay’s record to 3-7-0-0 good for eighth place in the BCMML.

In Saturday’s match, Ice forward McKenzie had a three-point game, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 5-2 victory.

The Fruitvale native opened the scoring firing in a pass from Cooper at 13:05 for a 1-0 Kootenay lead. The Royals tied it before the period was out and Ewer gave the home team a 2-1 lead at 11:21 on the second period.

Luken Murray tied it for the Ice at 9:04 and Underhill scored a shorthanded goal at 2:19 for the 3-2 lead. Smyth and McKenzie rounded out the scoring as the Ice scored four unanswered goals for the 5-2 victory.

The Ice are back home next weekend and host the 2018-19 BCMML champion, Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. The two-game series will be a good test for Kootenay and an opportunity to move up the standings. After finishing first in the regular season last year, the Thunderbirds are off to an inconsistent start going 4-3-0-1 this season and sit in fifth in the BCMML standings.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fruitvale product new ambassador for Blue Jays Care Foundation

Fruitvale native Ella Matteucci led off Jays Care Foundation with a few Twitter tips on staying fit

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Fact: B.C. bats don’t carry or spread COVID

BC Annual Bat Count goes this summer, citizens encouraged to take part

Mountain Pineapple defers application for new cannabis store in Rossland

The application was originally going to be reviewed by city council on May 19

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Oak Bay man stumbles upon eagle hunting seal, grabs camera just in time

The eagle did ‘a perfect butterfly stroke to shore’ with its prey, photographer says

Most Read