(ISN) – The Kamloops Blazers proved why they are the top team in the WHL, scoring 3 goals in the third period on route to a 6-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum in front of 10,748 fans.
Discipline was a factor for the Giants who allowed 2 power play goals on 6 opportunities.
The Blazers got off to a great start scoring a pair of goals 1:22 apart, one even strength and one on the man advantage to lead 2-0, 8:03 into the opening period. Despite being outscored in the period, the Giants did have their chances outshooting the Blazers 12-8 in the frame. 2-0 is how things stood through 20 minutes.
In the second period the Giants wasted little time getting back in the game as Brendan Gallagher scored his 36th goal of the season 55 seconds into the frame. 38 seconds later Brett Kulak potted his 8th goal of the year to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants continued to press, but could not beat Cole Cheveldave or the iron. Marek Tvrdon had the Giants best chance; he beat the Blazers goaltender, but not the post as the contest remained tied at 2-2. Then with David Musil in the penalty box, former Giant Bronson Maschmeyer scored on the power play to give Kamloops a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. It was their second goal of the night on the man advantage.
Down one the Giants thought they had the equalizer early in the third period, but Cheveldave denied Brendan Gallagher in tight to keep the Blazers in front. They would add 3 goals after that to make it a 6-2 final. The Giants finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Blazers went 2-for-6. Adam Morrison allowed 5 goals on 22 shots and was replaced by Jackson Whistle with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. The 16 year old stopped 5 of the 6 shots he faced.
These two teams will go at it again tomorrow night in Kamloops at the Interior Savings Centre. Puck drop is 7:00 pm. The pregame show begins at 6:30 pm on AM 650.