The Kamloops Blazers (9-10-2-1) allowed three first period goals in a 4-2 loss to the Spokane Chiefs (9-6-3-0) on Friday night.
The Blazers let the game get away early as Keanu Yamamoto scored 1:33 into the first period. He stole a puck off the stick of Matt Revel, turned and fired a shot past a helpless Cole Kehler to make it 1-0 Chiefs.
Jackson Playfair made it 2-0 at the tailend of a power play. He was posted in the high slot and beat Kehler high on the blocker side before Kehler had a chance to react.
The 2-0 Chiefs lead was only 3:57 into the game.
The Chiefs made it 3-0 on the power play as Liam Stewart’s quick shot beat Kehler before he was set.
Despite the 3-0 deficit, the Blazers outshot the Chiefs 11-10 in the first period.
Connor Ingram replaced Cole Kehler in the second period, but the Chiefs tallied an early power play goal.
Liam Stewart found a hole from the point and made it 4-0 Chiefs 1:10 into the second period.
The Blazers responded 14 seconds later as Jake Kryski pounced on a loose puck and scored his sixth goal of the season. Kryski was back in the Blazers line-up after missing the last 5 games while competing with Canada at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge.
The Blazers had a bit of fire under them in the second period and played well, but couldn’t score. They hit two posts in the period as the game stayed 4-1 going into the final frame.
Again, the Blazers had some life as they tallied early in the third period. Travis Verveda’s shot was deflected by Matt Revel and snuck past goaltender Tyson Verhelst to cut the Chiefs lead to 4-2. For Verveda, it was his first career WHL point.
The Blazers had a few chances in the final period to get back into it, but did not bare down as they lost 4-2 to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs power play was successful going 2-for-5 on the night, while the Blazers were 0-for-4.
The Blazers outshot the Chiefs 31-20, as Cole Kehler took the loss making 8 saves on 11 shots. Connor Ingram stopped 9 of 10 shots in the final 40 minutes.
The Blazers are back on the road as they head to Everett to play the Silvertips on Saturday night.