Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Kamloops Blazers’ Chase Schaber tallied a hat trick in a 4-3 victory over the Victoria Royals on Tuesday night.
The Blazers were making their first visit to Save On Foods Memorial Center and the Royals were hoping the friendly confines would help them get back to their winning ways.
Schaber opened the scoring at 9:52 of the 1st period when an innocent looking shot towards the net caromed off a Royals skate and past Keith Hamilton. Victoria responded 5 minutes later when Jamie Crooks fired a wrist shot past Kamloops’ Cole Cheveldave from the slot for his 11th goal of the season. The teams went into the 1st intermission knotted at 1-1.
Victoria’s Steven Hodges carries puck across blue line in WHL game against the Kamloops Blazers.
Kamloops went back in front when Schaber one timed a pass from Brendan Ranford, on the power play, 7:31 into the 2nd period for his 2nd goal. The Royals’ Crooks again answered the call banging home his 2nd of the game off a rebound to tie the game 2-2. Kevin Sundher got an assist on the goal and became the franchises leading scorer with 218 points.
Kevin Sundher fires a shot on net against the Kamloops Blazers. Sundher became the franchises leading scorer with 218 points with an assist on Jamie Crooks 2nd period goal.
The Blazers took the lead back early into the 3rd period when Schaber completed the hat trick sliding a backhand through the legs of Hamilton. They would add to their lead at 14:54 when J.C. Lipon beat Hamilton to the glove side.
The Royals applied the pressure and Logan Nelson gathered a loose puck in the slot deked Cheveldave and lifted the puck into the back of the net with under 5 minutes to play.
Logan Nelson pulled the Royals to within 1 goal when he beat Kamloops’ Cole Cheveldave on the back hand.
The Royals went on the power play late in the game and with Hamilton pulled for a 6-4 advantage they turned up the heat but were unable to beat Cheveldave.
“I thought we played well but there were spurts after they scored that we were on our heels a bit” commented Royals head coach Marc Habscheid ” there were couple turnovers that came back to bite you but for the most part I thought we played a better game.”
Blazers’ Tim Bozon can’t get beat Victoria’s Keith Hamilton during WHL action on Tuesday night.
“We didn’t help ourselves on the power play tonight, we weren’t making the right reads and moving the puck to the right people.”
With the win the Blazers remain in 2nd place in the B.C. division 1 point back of the Vancouver Giants and 12 points ahead of the Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals.
The teams are back in action tonight at 7:05 at Save On Foods Memorial Center.
Marty the Marmot gets a little love from Lexi Moore.
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