Major Midget Hockey: Kootenay Ice look to ground T-birds

The Major Midget Kootenay Ice return to the Kootenays for a pair of games in Nelson versus the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

The Major Midget Kootenay Ice return to the Kootenays for a pair of games versus the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Saturday and Sunday at the Nelson District Arena.

The Ice are coming off a good road trip to Prince George against the Cariboo Cougars, where they won 6-5 on Saturday before settling for a 4-4 draw on Sunday.

Sam Weber of Nelson scored twice and added an assist, while Trail’s Evan Gorman set up Aigne McGeady-Bruce also from Nelson, who blasted home the winner at 8:08 of the third period to break a 5-5 tie and secure the Ice’s second win of the season on Saturday.

Kimberley’s Coy Prevost had three assists in the game, while Kadrian Klimchuck of Castlegar and Trevor Van Steinburg, Cranbrook, each had a goal and an assist in the game.

Weber scored two more times in the Sunday matchup and Nelson’s Austin Tambellini put the Ice up 4-3 at 2:26 of the second period, but the Cariboo’s Thomas Webster would knot it at 4-4 at 18:57 of the third period. Weber was also nominated by the Ice for the B.C. Major Midget League player of the month award, but lost out to Liam Finlay of the Okanagan Rockets who scored five goals and nine assists for the month of October.

The Kootenay Ice currently sit in 10th place in the BCMML with a 2-8-2-6 record, and will play the ninth-place Thunderbirds, 3-7-1-7, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.