Blazers Win 8-1 in Front of Sellout Crowd


October 26, 2012,Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers defeated Brandon 8-1, and the citizens of Kamloops should be applauded as 5508 fans packed the ISC to help raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

For the sellout, the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club will be donating $5,508 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on top of the jersey auction, pumpkin auction, WestJet Flight giveaway, $1,000 from Mark Recchi and many player contributions including Cole Cheveldave, Dylan Willick and Colin Smith each donating $100.

The Blazers won the game in the first period as Colin Smith started the scoring brigade sneaking in a power play marker for a 1-0 lead 2:34 into the period. Cole Ully made it 2-0 as he put a rebound in at 7:59 of the period with Brendan Ranford and defenseman Josh Connolly picking up assists. For Connolly, it was his first WHL point. Tim Bozon made it 3-0 finishing a terrific tic-tac-toe play from Colin Smith and JC Lipon at 9:19 of the period. Bozon tallied again at 15:15 rifling a shot on the power play past goaltender Corbin Boes to make it 4-0. Boes was replaced after making 10 saves on 14 shots as Curtis Honey took over. The Blazers made it 5-0 as Jordan DePape scored a power play marker at 18:35 against his former team. The Blazers outshot the Wheat Kings 18-4 in the period.

The second period started similar to the first period. The Blazers started the period shorthanded but Dylan Willick and Brendan Ranford came down on a two-on-one and Willick’s shot beat Honey high and blew up the water bottle for a 6-0 lead 22 seconds into the second period. Tyler Hansen scored his first goal of the season ripping a shot past Honey to make it 7-0.

It was cruise control in the third period. Willick added his second goal of the game to make it 8-0. The Wheat Kings broke the shut out after being awarded two consecutive five-on-three power plays and converting. In the end, the Blazers won their 11th game in a row and improved their WHL best record to 13-0-0-1 on the season.

Colin Smith extended his season opening point streak to 14 games with a goal and three assists. Tim Bozon and Dylan Willick each finished with two goals and an assist. Tyler Hansen had his first three-point night of his career with a goal and two assists. JC Lipon had three assists and leads the WHL with 35 points in 14 games this season. Cole Ully had a goal and an assist.

The Blazers were 3-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill as they outshot the Wheat Kings 43-21.

The Blazers are home tomorrow night as they host the Victoria Royals. Game time is 7:00pm. Follow this link to buy tickets.

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