Blazers suffer 4-2 setback


December 15, 2012, (ISN) – The Kamloops Blazers (25-9-1-2) were beaten on the power play as the Lethbridge Hurricanes (17-15-1-4) scored the game winner on a 5-on-3 power play and the insurance marker with the man advantage for a 4-2 victory.

The Blazers had a good start to this one, but the Hurricanes struck for a goal on their first shot of the game. Graham Hood’s centering pass off the rush was put in by Sam McKechnie for an early 1-0 Hurricanes lead. The Blazers stuck with it and were rewarded as Aaron Macklin centered a puck to Aspen Sterzer who scored his second goal of the game. Sterzer and Macklin have been enjoying some extra ice time with only 10 forwards in the line-up. The Hurricanes took the lead in the dying seconds of the first period. Brady Ramsay buried a power play marker from in front of the net to make it 2-1 through the first period.

The second period was going well for the Blazers and they scored the equalizer at 7:38 into the period. Chase Souto walked to the net and snapped a shot past goaltender Ty Rimmer. Souto’s marker was the lone power play marker as the Blazers only enjoyed three power plays. The Hurricanes struck back towards the end of the period scoring on one of their two lengthy 5-on-3 power plays. Forward Jaimen Yakubowski was parked in front of the net, took a rebond and buried it to make it 3-2 Hurricanes with just over three minutes left in the period. Again, the Blazers went back to the penalty kill to end the second period and the Hurricanes converted in the dying seconds to make it 4-2.

Any chance the Blazers had in the third period ended from penalties with the Blazers continuing to find themselves shorthanded. Tim Bozon had two great chances in the third period, but Ty Rimmer was solid for the Hurricanes making 29 saves on the night. In the end, the Blazers couldn’t generate enough with a short bench in the 4-2 loss.

The Hurricanes, who are the WHL’s most penalized team, went 3-for-10 on the power play. The Blazers finished 1-for-3 with the man advantage. The Hurricanes outshot the Blazers 35-31 on the night.