Kootenay Ice skate to rare victory

Major Midget team defeats Vancouver Canadians over the weekend.

The Major Midget Kootenay Ice played with grit and determination on the road taking three of a possible four points from the Vancouver Canadians on the weekend.

Jake Lucchini led the Ice with two goals and an assist in a 3-2 win Saturday before adding two assists in a 3-3 draw on Sunday at the Planet Ice arena in Coquitlam.

Darren Medeiros notched the game-winning goal with 1:16 to go in the third period after the Canadians scored two third-period goals in less than a minute to tie the game 2-2.

Lucchini opened the scoring at 14:57 in the first period on a setup from Mitch Foyle and Quinn Klimchuk and scored his second goal early in the third to put the Ice up 2-0.

In Sunday’s match, Foyle made a good individual effort to score a late third-period goal unassisted to tie the game at 3-3.

The Ice jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Medeiros and Klimchuk, but the Canadians fought back to tie the game in the second period. Taylor Foote would get the go-ahead goal for the Canadians at the 10:42 mark before Foyle counted his third point on the weekend to tie it.

Lucchini’s five-point weekend catapults him into the top 10 in scoring in the Major Midget league.

The Kootenay Ice travel to Prince George this weekend for a pair of games against the second place Cariboo Cougars.