2010-11 – The Hard Road to Success
The Blazers were now finally starting to take shape under the new regime. The expectations had risen, and the Blazers were in a tough B.C. Division race. As the season progressed, Brendan Ranford excelled and led the way at a goal a game pace while leading the WHL in scoring in the first half of the season. At the same time, the consistency of committing to discipline and defence lacked. The first half of the season was inconsistent which led to a .500 record and the Blazers brass wanting more. Injuries and discipline seemed to cost the Blazers in the second half. Brendan Ranford slowed to a halt. Injuries to Chase Schaber, Austin Madaisky, Josh Caron and Jordan DePape slowed their production. The Blazers best players, Schaber, DePape and Ranford all were suspended on different occasions throughout the season. Some of the positives included the Blazers blistering the Central Division going 8-1-1-0 on the road. Ranford proved himself as potentially one of the top scoring threats in the WHL. The team also pulled off one of the best comebacks in Blazers history in Medicine Hat. The Blazers found themselves trailing 5-1 in the final ten minutes of the third period. Two goals by Colin Smith and two more goals by Dylan Willick in the final minute sent the game to overtime. The Blazers pulled off the comeback with a 6-5 shootout win with Smith tallying the shootout winner. The finish to the season is not something the hockey club wants to remember. The Blazers went 0-6-0-2 to narrowly miss the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history.
Team Record: 29-37-3-3, 5th B.C. Division
Playoffs: Missed Playoffs
Leading Regular Season Scorer: Brendan Ranford – 33 Goals, 53 Assists, 86 Points
Notable Players: Thomas Frazee, Brendan Ranford, Corey Fienhage, Dalibor Bortnak, Chase Schaber, Dylan Willick, Jordan DePape, Colin Smith
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