The Kamloops Blazers couldn’t get it done in Prince Albert on Tuesday as they fell 5-2 to the hometown Raiders. The Raiders opened the scoring as Brandon Herrod converted on a shorthanded 2-on-1 break for a 1-0 lead. The Blazers were not at their best in the first period and trailed 1-0.
The Blazers tied it up in the second period. Tim Bozon got a feed from Colin Smith and Bozon snapped his 15th goal of the season to make it 1-1. The Raiders Kellan Tochkin came out of the corner with the puck and walked in to beat goaltender Cole Cheveldave for a 2-1 lead. The Raiders made it 3-1 when Mike Winther was able to walk in on the power play and score for the Raiders. The Blazers did get one back as Brady Gaudet sent Brendan Ranford on a breakaway to make it 3-2 through two periods.
The next goal was key for the Blazers, but they couldn’t get it. Shane Danyluk one-timed a shot past Cheveldave early in the period for a 4-2 Raiders lead. The Blazers generated opportunities, but failed to score as goaltender Cole Holowenko earned the third star of the game. Tochkin added an empty net goal for the Raiders as they won 5-2. The Blazers, who were without their captain Chase Schaber and center Matt Needham, were outshot 39-31 in the game. Cheveldave finished with 34 saves taking the loss in goal, while Holowenko earned the win turing aside 29 shots.