BLAZERS WIN IN OT 6-5 OVER ROCKETS
The Blazers won a thriller in their home opener, 6-5 in overtime over the Kelowna Rockets in front of 5239 fans. The Blazers opened the scoring in the first period as Matt Needham put home his own rebound to make it 1-0 Blazers. The Rockets tied it up shortly after the first goal as Ryan Olsen tallied his first goal as a Rocket to make it 1-1 through the first period. The Rockets outshot the Blazers 14-11 in the period.
In the second period, the Blazers opened a two-goal lead. Colin Smith got a gift for the second goal as a shot from Landon Cross went up and over goaltender Jordon Cooke and Smith tapped it in to make it 2-1. Landon Cross made it 3-1 as his slap shot beat Cooke. The Rockets wouldn’t go away as Tyson Baillie found a rebound and scored to make it 3-2. Tim Bozon restored the two-goal lead as Smith fed him a great pass to make it 4-2. The Rockets scored a late goal with 10 seconds left in the period to make it 4-3 through two periods.
Taran Kozun started the third period for the Blazers as Cole Cheveldave was out with an injury. Tim Bozon scored his second goal of the game on another terrific back door feed from Colin Smith to make it 5-3. The Rockets fought back as Myles Bell snapped a shot past Kozun to make it 5-4 with 6:30 to play. The Rockets tied it up when Dylen McKinlay’s shot beat Kozun to make it 5-5 with just under five minutes left to play.
Tim Bozon was the hero as he rushed a puck in and his low shot beat Cooke for a 6-5 overtime win. The line of Colin Smith, Tim Bozon and JC Lipon led the way with a combined 10 points. Smith finished with a goal and three assists, Lipon had three assists, while Bozon finished with three goals. Defenseman Landon Cross had a career night finishing with a goal and two assists for his first multi-point game in the WHL.
Taran Kozun earned the win making nine saves, while Jordon Cooke took the loss with 29 stops. Cole Cheveldave played the first two periods and had 23 saves. The Blazers were 3-for-11 on the power play and were 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Blazers next action is tomorrow night as they travel to Kelowna to face the Rockets for a rematch.