October 12, 2012, Kamloops, BC – Blazers’ forward JC Lipon continued his hot start to the season, as he scored the games first three goals in the first 8:30 of the game to lead the Blazers to a 5-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs Friday night.
Linemate Colin Smith pitched in with three assists and Brendan Ranford had another strong outing finishing with a goal and two assists.
The Blazers started hot as JC Lipon scored goals at 2:51, 4:37 and 8:30 to open the game up for a 3-0 lead. The Chiefs, known as a hard-working team, pushed back but goaltender Cole Cheveldave had a strong night in goal for the Blazers. The Blazers finished the period with the 3-0 lead while being outshot 12-11 in the period.
The Chiefs were the stronger team in the second period. They outshot the Blazers 19-4 and hemmed the Blazers in their zone for long periods of time. Goaltender Cole Cheveldave was on his game making a handful of sensational saves to preserve the lead. Liam Stewart got the Chiefs on the scoreboard as he drove to the net and put one upstairs to make it 3-1 late in the second period.
Despite the poor second period, the Blazers came out strong in the third period and put the game away. Sam Grist, who was playing his first game as a Blazer, missed a shot wide and Cole Ully took the rebound and put home his fifth goal of the season. Brendan Ranford sealed the deal on a tremendous power play goal. JC Lipon fed Colin Smith who gave a great pass to Ranford and he had the wide open net to make it 5-1. The Blazers limited the Chiefs to only six shots in the period and cruised to the win.
Cole Cheveldave was terrific in goal turning aside 36 shots, while Eric Williams stopped 18 for the Chiefs. The Blazers were 2-for-6 on the power play and finished 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
JC Lipon had another four-point night to add to his WHL scoring lead with 7 goals, 11 assists and 18 points through 8 games. Colin Smith, who finished with three assists, is third in league scoring with 15 points.
The Blazers now hit the road for five games in Alberta starting on Sunday at 3pm/PT in Calgary to face the Hitmen. The Blazers conclude their road trip in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice on Sunday, October 20th.