October 28, 2012, Seattle, WA – Colin Smith had another terrific night scoring the overtime winner and setting up two others as the Kamloops Blazers took down the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 on Sunday evening.
It was the Blazers 13th consecutive victory which ties a franchise record set during the 1989-90 and 1986-87 seasons. With the victory, the Blazers improved to 15-0-0-1 on the year which is the best record in the WHL.
The first period was scoreless as both goaltenders were solid. The Blazers had to kill a 5-on-3 penalty for just over a minute and had some terrific shot blocking along with solid goaltending from Taran Kozun. The Blazers outshot the Thunderbirds 15-13 in the period.
The game opened up in the second period and the Thunderbirds struck first. Connor Honey put a puck at the net from the half wall and the puck squeaked past Kozun to make it 1-0 1:12 into the period. The Thunderbirds made it 2-0 1:10 later as Jesse Forsberg faked a shot from the point and gave it to Brendan Rouse who put home his third of the season. The Blazers didn’t panic and responded at 8:19 of the period on the power play. Brendan Ranford fed Colin Smith who dished it to JC Lipon and he put home his 14th of the season to make it 2-1. Sam Grist tied it up at 9:32 as his shot deflected in front of the net and beat goaltender Brandon Glover to make it 2-2. The Thunderbirds took back the lead 58 seconds later as defenseman Shea Theodore rushed the puck end to end and beat Kozun high short side to make it 3-2. The Blazers responded at 13:32 of the period as again Colin Smith made a terrific play on a 3-on-2 to set up Lipon for his 15th of the season.
In the third period, the Blazers were the better team. They hemmed the Thunderbirds in their own zone for long periods of time but could not beat Glover. Dylan Willick and Brendan Ranford each hit posts in the period. Despite a continued fury and outshooting the Thunderbirds 16-4 in the period, the Blazers couldn’t get the winner.
It only took 25 second into overtime as Colin Smith made a play to Tyler Hansen who gave it to Tim Bozon and Bozon found a streaking Smith in the slot for his 13th of the season to lift the Blazers to a 4-3 win.
Taran Kozun improved his record to 5-0-0-1 on the season making 26 saves in goal.
The Blazers played three games in three nights this weekend and won all three with an 8-1 win over Brandon on Friday night and a 5-2 win over Victoria on Saturday night. The first two games of the three this weekend were played on home ice.
The hockey club will stay down south as they have tomorrow off before playing the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00pm.