The Kamloops Blazers (11-10-2-2) scored three times in the third period to defeat the Prince George Cougars (12-13-0-0) 5-2 on home ice Friday night.
The Blazers opened the scoring 1:33 into the first period. Matt Needham centered a pass to Deven Sideroff and he slid a puck five-hole past Ty Edmonds to make it 1-0 Blazers.
The Cougars tied it up with 5:47 to go in the period. After a scramble in the Blazers zone, Jansen Harkins shot a puck that went under Connor Ingram’s blocker and past him to knot the game up at 1-1 through one period.
The Blazers were playing a strong game and had a lot of offensive zone time on the night.
Michael Fora scored a power play goal late in the second period. He blasted a shot from the point through a screen to make it 2-1 Blazers.
A late penalty by the Blazers gave the Cougars a power play and they made it count. Harkins gave a great feed to Jari Erricson at the side of the goal and he tied the game up at 2-2 with 1:09 to play in the second period.
The Blazers came out determined in the third period and scored 27 seconds in as Logan McVeigh tipped a shot from Josh Connolly in to make it 3-2 Blazers.
From there, the Blazers had a terrific period as they outshot their opponents 14-6 in the third period and added two more goals to cruise to a 5-2 victory over the Cougars.
Defenseman Josh Connolly had a big night as he picked up four assists. Collin Shirley and Matt Needham each picked up a goal and an assist and Matt Needham had two assists in the win.
Connor Ingram, who was starting his third consecutive game, was solid in goal with 23 saves for the Blazers.
Both teams finished 1-for-4 on the power play, and the Blazers outshot the Cougars 35-25 on the night.
The Blazers will now hit the road for two games as they are in Spokane on Sunday evening for a 5:05pm game.