BLAZERS WIN TENTH IN A ROW OVER KOOTENAY20-Oct-12
The Blazers just kept on winning as the line of Colin Smith, Tim Bozon and JC Lipon combined for 10 points in a 6-3 win over the Kootenay Ice. The Blazers improved to 12-0-0-1 on the season winning all five games on the Central Division road trip and their 10th consecutive game.
The Ice opened the scoring in this game as Colin Shirley took a pass from Jaedon Descheneau and scored 3:53 into the game for a 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 for a while before the Blazers evened it up at 14:49. Colin Smith finished off a rush as Tim Bozon gave it to JC Lipon and Smith put home his ninth of the season to knot it at 1-1. The Blazers outshot the Ice 9-6 in the period.
Descheneau gave the Ice a 2-1 lead on a turnover in the Blazers zone only 2:15 into the period. The Blazers again tied it, this time on a 5-on-3 power play. Colin Smith took the puck and skated around before finding an open JC Lipon who snapped home his 12th goal of the season to make it 2-2 midway through two periods. The Ice took the lead for a third time as Brock Montgomery found a loose puck on the power play for his eighth goal of the season. It only took the Blazers 49 seconds to tie it up as Colin Smith gave Tim Bozon a breakaway and he made a terrific move to beat goaltender Mackenzie Skapski. The game remained tied at 3-3 through two periods.
After playing five games in seven nights and seven games in eleven nights overall, the Blazers found the energy in the third period to seal the deal. Sam Grist gave the Blazers their first lead of the game 25 seconds into the period on a point shot. Bozon extended that lead to 5-3 at 10:40 of the period with a power play marker and JC Lipon iced it with his WHL leading 13th goal and 31st point with a shorthanded empty net goal for a 6-3 victory.
Defensemen Sam Grist and Tyler Hansen were terrific on the backend as they were a combined +7 on the night. At the moment, JC Lipon (31), Colin Smith (29), Tim Bozon (21) and Brendan Ranford (21) sit one, two, three and four in the WHL scoring race.
The Blazers finished the game 2-for-3 on the power play and the Kootenay Ice were 1-for-6. The Blazers outshot the Ice 29-25 in the game. Cole Cheveldave made 22 saves to improve his record to 8-0-0-0 on the season.
The Blazers return home tonight and will have the week off before playing home games on Friday, October 26th versus the Brandon Wheat Kings and Saturday, October 27th versus the Victoria Royals.