October 6, 2012, Kamloops, BC – The Blazers played a great game in a 4-1 home ice victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night. The line of Colin Smith, Tim Bozon, and JC Lipon were terrific combining for nine points in the victory.
The first period was scoreless, but the Blazers controlled the period. They outshot the Tigers 16-8 and spent most of the period in the offensive zone. When the Tigers had chances, goaltender Cole Cheveldave was steady in goal.
The Blazers got on the scoreboard in the second period. JC Lipon set up Tim Bozon for his 5th goal of the season to make it 1-0 2:23 into the period. The Blazers continued their strong play in the second period and were rewarded as the period carried on. 16-year-old defenseman Jordan Thomson scored a nifty goal. He had the puck just below the Tigers goal line and made goaltender Dawson MacAuley move as he snuck a puck underneath him to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead with 3:15 left to play in the period. The Tigers worked hard all night and scored a goal with 1:32 to play in the period. Miles Koules got to a puck immediately off a face-off and fired it on net to make it 2-1 going into the third period.
The Tigers did not stop working as they continued to try and tie the game up. The Blazers continued to be a step ahead and were rewarded with a power play midway through the period. Brendan Ranford gave it to Colin Smith in the slot, Smith dished it to Tim Bozon at the side of the net and Bozon fed JC Lipon for a wide open net to make it 3-1. Goaltender Dawson MacAuley did not have a chance on the play, as the Blazers continued to improve their power play percentage. The Tigers fought to get back into it, but Lipon iced it with an empty net goal with 1:22 to play.
Cole Cheveldave improved to 3-0-0-0 making 21 saves. The Blazers were 1-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Blazers outshot the Tigers 37-22 in the game.
The Blazers will continue their homestand on Wednesday, October 10th as they host the Victoria Royals. To buy tickets, follow this link.
The Blazers will conclude their homestand on Friday, October 12th as they host the Spokane Chiefs. To buy tickets, follow this link.