BLAZERS USE OVERTIME TO WIN IN LETHBRIDGE19-Oct-12
Brendan Ranford lifted the Blazers to a 5-4 overtime win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night. Ranford finished the night with two goals and two assists including the overtime winner. Dylan Willick also had a solid night on his 20th birthday as he scored once and assisted on two others including the game winner. With the win the Blazers improved their record to 11-0-0-1 on the season.
The Blazers scored first for the eleventh time in twelve games as Colin Smith fed JC Lipon in front of the net and his shot glanced off Tim Bozon for a 1-0 Blazers lead on the power play. The Blazers had another great opportunity as Brendan Ranford toe dragged the puck and fired a shot off the post. The Blazers outshot the 'Canes 15-7 in the period.
Colin Smith extended the lead to 2-0 as he put in a rebound from Tim Bozon and Ranford on the power play. The 'Canes got one back as they went down on a 2-on-1 and a shot from Daniel Johnston squeezed its way through goaltender Taran Kozun to cut the Blazers lead to 2-1. Dylan Willick restored the two-goal lead as he ripped a shot past goaltender Ty Rimmer to make it 3-1 with 5:02 left in the third period. Brendan Ranford made it 4-1 as he took a great pass from Willick on the power play and scored with 50 seconds left in the period.
The game looked to be all wrapped up, but a couple breakdowns and bouncing pucks caused havoc in the third. To open the period, Dylan Willick took the puck and wired a shot off the crossbar and out six seconds in to the period. 20 seconds later the Hurricanes Russell Maxwell got a puck in the slot and wired a shot off the back bar and in to make it 4-2. The 'Canes scored on their next shot as Jay Merkley went wide and scored a goal short side to make it 4-3 only two and a half minutes into the period. The 'Canes tied it as they cleared a puck from their own zone and Maxwell timed it perfect and beat Kozun to make it 4-4 only 6:25 in the period. Both teams had chances in the final 13:35 of the period, but the game went to overtime.
Despite giving up three goals in the third period, the Blazers found a burst of energy and a way to win. Tyler Hansen fed Brendan Ranford at the goal line and he held onto the puck and walked out in front to put it in the open net and lift the Blazers to a 5-4 overtime win.
Colin Smith extended his season opening point streak to 12 games with a goal and an assist on the night. Tim Bozon also finished with a goal and a helper. Taran Kozun improved his record to 4-0-0-1 on the season with 23 saves. The Blazers outshot the Hurricanes 39-27 in the game. The Blazers were 3-for-8 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
The Blazers conclude their five games in seven nights road trip with a game against the Kootenay Ice tomorrow night.