The Winnipeg ICE were hammered on their home ice on Friday night against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. On Saturday night, they certainly flipped the script and they did so in grand fashion.
Dean McNabb picked up his first shutout of the season as the ICE beat the visiting Swift Current Broncos, 4-0 inside of the Wayne Fleming Arena.
Winnipeg also nearly doubled Swift Current on the shot clock as the club won their second game this week after beating Lethbridge on Wednesday. The shots were 40-21 Winnipeg.
“I thought we had a huge bounce-back game from yesterday. From the defense to forwards to the power play, we were dialed in,” said McNabb after the game courtesy of winnipegice.ca. “Our goal was urgency tonight and we played with it, it feels good.”
“I think we did a lot of little things right and our puck management was better,” said James Patrick.
After giving up 50 plus shots on Friday, Swift Current didn’t give up that many on Saturday, but Winnipeg still managed 40.
Their game-winning goal came off the stick of Nolan Orzeck at the 7:05 mark. Dean McNabb who made 21 saves had the lone assist.
Up 1-0 after 20, Winnipeg’s power play did some work early in the second. Just 32 seconds in, Nino Kinder scored his fifth of the season. Brad Ginnell and Connor McClennon picked up the assists.
Nearly halfway through the period, Winnipeg struck once again. This time it was Jackson Leppard who scored his fourth of the campaign. The even-strength goal was assisted by Isaac Johnson and Nolan Orzeck.
With less than three minutes left in the third, Michael Milne scored a goal for the second straight game. His third of the season put Winnipeg up by a field goal plus one. Karter Prosofsky and Mike Ladyman picked up the primary and secondary assists, respectively.
The goal at the 17:27 mark was the final of the evening as Winnipeg picked up two points with a rather dominating performance in front of nearly 1500 fans at their home for the next two seasons.
Winnipeg finished 1-for-2 on the power play while Swift Current went 0-for-2.
The ICE are now back in the Top 3 of the East Division. With an 8-6-1 record, the club is three points behind the second-place Saskatoon Blades and eight back of the top Prince Albert Raiders.
Winnipeg will close out their four-game homestand on Wednesday against Red Deer. So far they are 2-1 on it.
Swift Current, meanwhile, will hit the reset button and head to Lethbridge on Wednesday.
- After starting the season 0-3 on home ice, Winnipeg has won four of their last five at the Wayne Fleming Arena.
- Swift Current’s road struggles continued. They’re now 1-5-1-1 on the road and they have given up 36 goals and they have only scored 13.
- Nolan Orzeck led the shot clock for Winnipeg with six, one of which was a goal.