The Kamloops Blazers played well despite a 4-3 shootout loss in Moose Jaw on Saturday night. The Blazers opened the scoring as Colin Smith danced around goaltender Spencer Trombley for a 1-0 Blazers lead. Trombley was outstanding for the Warriors in a period that was dominated by the Blazers. Trombley stopped 18 shots in the period and the Blazers led 1-0.
The second period was full of penalties which ended up costing the Blazers. Austin Madaisky blasted a shot in early in the period on the power play to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead. The Warriors were awarded life when they were given three consecutive power plays and they cashed in on a 5-on-3. Sam Fioretti put the rebound to cut the Blazers lead to 2-1. Andrew Johnson cashed in only 40 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2. The Blazers outshot the Warriors 13-6 in the period and held a 32-18 advantage on the shot clock through two periods.
In the third period, the Blazers were dinged with the only penalty of the period and the Warriors made them pay. Joel Edmundson’s point shot found its way through to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead. The Blazers didn’t give up though, as Chase Souto tied the game. Souto and Aspen Sterzer valiantly pushed their way to the front of the net and scored for the Blazers to send the game to overitme.
Again, the Warriors were given a power play in overtime, but this time the Blazers killed the power play off. The Blazers were awarded a power play with only four seconds to play and almost made the Warriors pay. The face off was won by the Blazers and Austin Madaisky fed Brendan Ranford, but Trombley made a great save to send the game to a shootout.
The Blazers had a goal called back in the shootout, and ended up losing the game 4-3. The Warriors won the game on the power play as they went 3-for-8. The Blazers played a strong game and it showed on the shot clock as they outshot the Warriors 45-29. Cole Cheveldave took the shootout loss making 26 saves, while Spencer Trombley was the game’s first star with 42 saves.
The Blazers finished their road trip with a 3-2-0-1 record. The hockey club goes into the Christmas break leading the B.C. Division with a 24-9-1-1 record. This is the best start for the Blazers since the 1998-99 season.