Major Midget: Ice split with Silvertips

The Major Midget Kootenay Ice won it’s second game of the season on Vancouver Island.

The Major Midget Kootenay Ice won it’s second game of the season on Vancouver Island, beating the North Island Silver Tips 2-1 on Saturday before falling 3-2 Sunday in Nanaimo.

Castlegar forward Aiden Jenner’s second period goal at 8:19 would stand up as the winner with assists going to Trail minor hockey product Conner Seib and Kaleb Comishin.

Trail native Tommy McConnachie opened the scoring at 4:25 on a nice set up from Jenner and Comishin to give the ice a short-lived lead.

The Silver Tips replied just nine seconds later when Frank Dawson beat Kootenay netminder Ben Kelsch to tie it at one heading into the second period. After Jenner put the Ice up, Kelsch shut the door making several good saves, and was especially stellar late in the period when a penalty left the Ice shorthanded for the final two minutes.

The Silver Tips bounced back in Sunday’s match jumping out to a 3-0 lead, then holding on in the third period for the 3-2 victory. It was the Tips’ second win of the season as well with goals coming from John Hawthorne, Dawson Frank, and Ethan Schmunk. The Ice battled back in the third with Hunter Floris converting a Comishin setup to make it 3-1 midway through the period. McConnachie then scored his fifth goal and seventh point this season on the power play to make it 3-2 with almost eight minutes remaining, but the Kootenay squad could not find the equalizer.

The Major Midget Ice are comprised of players from throughout the Kootenays and are based in Nelson. In addition to McConnachie and Seib, Greater Trail players include Bradley Ross and Brendan Makay.

The Ice play the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in Nelson on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Civic Centre and Sunday at 10:45 a.m. at the Nelson and District Community Complex.