Kamloops Surges Back Into Series

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(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks fell 7-2 to the Kamloops Blazers Saturday in Game 5 of their second round playoff series in front of 10,135 fans at the Rose Garden.

The Hawks lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday night at 7 p.m. in Kamloops.

Kamloops struck first 8:53 into the first when defenseman Marek Hrbas scored to make it 1-0, followed by a goal from Jordan DePape at the 16:46 mark to take a 2-0 lead into the second period.

The Blazers made it 3-0 at the 5:30 mark of the second when Ryan Hanes scored his first of the playoffs. Portland got on the board at the 8:32 mark when Brendan Leipsic scored to cut the Blazers’ lead to 3-1. With under a minute to go in the period, Kamloops got a power play goal from Brendan Ranford to take a 4-1 lead going into the third.

Kamloops extended the lead to 5-1 at the 6:30 mark of the third when Tim Bozon scored on a penalty shot, then made it 6-1 on a goal by Chase Souto. After Souto’s goal, Brendan Burke replaced Mac Carruth in net for Portland. Midway through the period the Winterhawks killed a two-minute five-on-three penalty, but just as the Hawks finished killing the penalty DePape scored to make it 7-1.

Portland got one back at the 11:23 mark when Marcel Noebels scored to make it 7-2, which would stand as the final.

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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