BLAZERS WIN MATINEE GAME IN VICTORIA 3-030-Sep-12
It was a solid outing all around as the Blazers earned a 3-0 win in Victoria on Sunday afternoon. Brady Gaudet scored the opening goal for the Blazers as his shot beat Jared Rathjen to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead 15:38 into the period. The Blazers line of Matt Needham, Cole Ully and Chase Souto were terrific in the offensive zone and Needham and Souto were rewarded with assists on the goal. The Blazers held a 16-13 advantage on the shot clock after one period.
In the second period, the Blazers turned it up a notch. All four lines were going and the Blazers created a ton of offensive chances outshooting the Royals 16-6 in the period. Rob Trzonkowski gave the Blazers a cushion making it 2-0 with his first goal in a Blazer uniform. Goaltender Cole Cheveldave made a great pass to 17-year-old Aaron Macklin. Macklin fed Trzonkowski for a breakaway and he slid it five-hole 3:38 into the second period. The Blazers continued to create chances, but goaltender Jared Rathjen shut the door earning a third star on the night.
The Blazers continued to control the game in the third period. Forward Colin Smith was snake-bitten with a couple of great chances early on. Smith got on the board at 10:13 into the period when he banged home a rebound after 16-year-old Jordan Thomson's point shot. From there, the Blazers killed off a couple of late penalties and cruised to a 3-0 victory in Victoria.
The Blazers outshot the Royals 39-22 in the game and Cole Cheveldave earned his first shutout since January 6th in a 3-0 win over Prince George last season. Both teams finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play.
The Blazers return home for a four-game homestand which starts on Friday, October 5th when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Blazers are back on the ice the next night as they host the Medicine Hat Tigers. For tickets call the Blazers Box Office at 250-828-3339.