October 5, 2012, Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers had a big third period scoring five times enroute to a 7-2 home ice victory on Friday night over the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Brendan Ranford led the way finishing with a goal and four assists. JC Lipon had a goal and three assists. Dylan Willick and Tim Bozon each finished with three points, as Willick had two goals and an assist and Bozon had a goal and two assists.
The Blazers had a terrific first period and got on the scoreboard first. JC Lipon set up Colin Smith for a power play marker 12:51 into the period to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead. Dylan Willick scored the second goal for the Blazers as a rebound off a shot from Jordan DePape was directed in by Willick’s skate to make it 2-0 through the first period. The Blazers outshot the Thunderbirds 15-6 in the period.
The Thunderbirds did not let the lead bother them as they came out hard in the second period. They were rewarded with a goal 7:42 into the period as Connor Honey tallied his first of the year. Defenseman Shea Theodore made a great play to Honey and he ripped a shot to make it 2-1. Honey had another chance with 2:11 to play in the period. A shot snuck through Cole Cheveldave and was sitting in the crease. Defenseman Brady Gaudet jumped on it in desperation to save a goal, but a penalty shot was awarded to the Thunderbirds. Honey was denied by goaltender Cole Cheveldave and the game stayed 2-1 heading into the third period.
Again, the Thunderbirds refused to go away. Connor Honey tied the game up 39 seconds into the third period as he pounced on a rebound off a shot from Jesse Forsberg to make it 2-2. The Blazers turned it up a notch and put the game away. Brendan Ranford, who returned from the Hamilton Bulldogs AHL training camp yesterday, set up Jordan DePape for his first goal of the season to make it 3-2 4:28 into the period. Dylan Willick made it 4-2 on a terrific pass by Ranford at 7:22. JC Lipon tallied his first of the season with a power play marker set up by Tim Bozon and Ranford. Ranford continued his strong period stealing a puck and scoring his second of the season shorthanded to make it 6-2. Tim Bozon added a late goal and the Blazers cruised to a 7-2 victory in front of 4506 fans.
Cole Cheveldave earned the win in goal with 22 saves. The Blazers were 2-for-3 on the power play and the Thunderbirds finished 1-for-4.
The Blazers, who are 4-0-0-1 on the season, are home tomorrow night to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Game time is 7:00pm. Get your tickets by following this link or by calling the Blazers Box Office at 250-828-3339.