Nathan Lieuwen made 35 stops Wednesday but Kootenay endured a third period collapse en route to a 5-4 loss to Tri-City. Leading 3-1 with 11:30 to play, the ICE allowed four goals in a span of four minutes and was unable to recover for their second straight defeat. The five goals against is a season-high for Lieuwen, who sees his record dip to 10-3-1-2 with a 1.85 GAA and .936 save percentage. The ICE will host Seattle on Saturday.
In Vancouver, Mark Pysyk was whistled for three minor penalties as Edmonton dropped a 4-1 decision to the Giants. The Oil Kings continue their road trip Friday at Kelowna.
In Quebec City, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc recorded two shots on goal and was stopped in his shootout attempt as Team QMJHL lost game #2 of the Subway Super Series to Russia, 5-4. The win gives Russia a sweep over the QMJHL with as they move on to face the OHL for the a pair of games beginning Thursday in Ottawa. Leduc, who was unable to notch a point in the two-game mini-audition for Hockey Canada brass, will return to action Friday as Rimouski travels to Shawinigan.