Kamloops Blazers Week in Review – January 30th

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Timmy O’Donovan

Wednesday, January 25th, 2011 at Kelowna Rockets – 3-2 SOL

The Blazers put their 9-game winning streak on the line and lost in a shootout to the Kelowna Rockets. After a scoreless first period, Brendan Ranford scored a highlight reel goal dancing around defenders and potting his 25th of the season for a 1-0 Blazers lead. The Rockets replied, but Austin Madaisky floated a shot passed goaltender Adam Brown on the power play to give the Blazers a 2-1 lead after two periods. The Rockets had a strong third period and tied the game up. The game went to a shootout with both Rocket players scoring and Madaisky and Ranford failing to get one past Brown. It was the Rockets first victory over the Blazers this season. Goaltender Cole Cheveldave took the shootout loss with 34 stops in goal. 

Friday, January 27th, 2011 at Victoria Royals – 4-2 Loss

The Royals had revenge in mind as they took down the Blazers 4-2 on home ice. The Blazers had beaten the Royals five times this season. Tim Bozon was off to a blazing start as JC Lipon set him up for two goals in only 15 seconds to start the game. The Royals weathered the storm and chipped away. They took back the lead in the second period as Ben Walker scored on a rebound. The Blazers had a push back, but goaltender Keith Hamilton shut the door. The Royals scored the only goal of the third period and won 4-2. Cole Cheveldave suffered his first regulation loss in goal since December 30th. 

Saturday, January 28th, 2011 at Victoria Royals – 5-1 Win

The Blazers got back on track as they took down the Royals in Victoria 5-1. The Royals opened the scoring as Tim Traber sneaked a shot past goaltender Cam Lanigan for a 1-0 lead. The Blazers played well in the first half of the game, but struggled scoring. Tim Bozon tied the game up on a wicked shot in the second part of the second period. Shortly after, Brendan Ranford went in on a shorthanded breakaway and scored to give the Blazers the lead. Colin Smith got the insurance marker tucking in a goal to make it 3-1 for the Blazers after two periods. JC Lipon and Brock Balson added power play markers in the third for a convincing 5-1 win. Cam Lanigan earned the win making 26 saves. He improved his record to 9-4-0-0 this season. 

A Chance to Meet Gordie Howe on Wednesday!

Hockey Legend, Gordie Howe is coming to Kamloops! Mr. Hockey will be part of a ceremonial puck drop on Wednesday, February 1st when the Blazers host the Spokane Chiefs. A select number of fans will have the opportunity to meet Gordie and have their photo taken with the hockey legend. Also, a select number of season ticket holders will have the chance to spend the game in the Kamloops Blazers suite with Gordie!

To enter to win for the chance to meet Gordie, go online to blazerhockey.com, look under the ‘Schedule’ tab and click on ‘Meet Gordie Howe’. You can also, follow this link to enter.

The Grey Cup will also be at the game with Geroy Simon, Angus Reid and J.R. Larose who were all part of the 2011 Grey Cup Champion B.C. Lions.

Monster Mondays

To kick start your week, the Kamloops Blazers will be offering game tickets for a low price of only $10. Every Monday, tickets can be purchased at the Kamloops Blazers Box office for only $10 for any scheduled home games that week. This promotion applies to non-premium seating and will be in effect for the remainder of the season. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Blazers Box Office. For more details, follow this link or contact Director of Ticketing, Todd Carnelley at 250-828-1144 or by email at tcarnelley@blazerhockey.com.

Blazers Now Ranked 2nd in BMO MasterCard CHL Top 10

The Kamloops Blazers continue to be in the CHL Top 10 rankings. The Blazers have jumped from 7th two weeks ago up to 4th last week and now 2nd this past week. This is the ninth time the Blazers have been ranked in the CHL Top 10 this season. The Blazers are the top ranked WHL team with a 35-11-1-3 record. The new CHL rankings will be out this Wednesday. To view the CHL Top 10 Rankings, follow this link.

Bozon to play in CHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna on Wednesday

Blazers’ rookie forward Tim Bozon will play in the CHL Top Prospects game in Kelowna on Wednesday, February 1st. Bozon was recently ranked 39th among North American skaters in the NHL’s Central Scouting rankings. The 17-year-old forward has 26 goals, 25 assists for 51 points in 50 games this season. Bozon leads all WHL rookies in points, and goals. For the story, follow this link.

Blazers sit 1st overall in the WHL, Finish Strong Month of January

The Kamloops Blazers continue to lead the WHL Standings with 74 points and a 35-11-1-3 record. The Blazers currently hold a 13-point lead in the Division over the Vancouver Giants. The hockey club had a strong month of January going 10-1-0-1 to jump up atop the WHL standings. The Blazers will have a chance to solidify a playoff berth in the coming weeks.

The Blazers have already surpassed their win total from last season (29) with 35 wins, and are now ranked 2nd in the CHL. The Blazers are 11-1-0-0 in their past twelve home games. One of the most glaring stats is the Blazers dominance against its Western Conference opponents with a 28-4-1-2 record. The Blazers also hold the best road record in the WHL going 17-5-1-3.

Cole Cheveldave Possible WHL Goaltender of the Month

Blazers’ rookie goaltender Cole Cheveldave will be in consideration as the WHL’s goaltender of the month. The 18-year-old had an 8-1-0-1 record during the month with a 1.48 goals against average, .946 save percentage and 3 shutouts. The Calgary native is amongst the leaders in most goaltending categories. For more on Cole, follow this link.

Blazers Stop Home, Back on the Road this Weekend

The Kamloops Blazers are back at home on Wednesday night as they host the Spokane Chiefs. Hockey legend Gordie Howe will be attendance along with a few B.C. Lions and the Grey Cup.

On the weekend, the Blazers hit the road again as they play in Vancouver on Friday night and in Seattle on Saturday. This will complete a stretch of playing seven of their last eight games on the road. Starting next week, the Blazers will play seven of their next nine games at home.

Recchi and Huska to coach together at CHL Top Prospects Game

There will be two familiar faces behind Team Cherry’s bench at the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Kelowna on Wednesday. Blazers’ co-owner Mark Recchi will team up with former Blazer and current Head Coach of the Kelowna Rockets, Ryan Huska as the coaches of Team Cherry. Read this story by Kevin Parnell for more.

Promotional Schedule

Check out the promotional events schedule throughout the 2011-12 WHL season. For the Full Schedule.

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