Blazers sneak past T-Birds


October 16, 2013, KENT (ISN) – The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 Wednesday night at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.

The loss snaps the T-Birds five-game winning streak. The T-Birds have back-to-back home games this weekend. They play the Prince George Cougars on Friday at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center. The Swift Current Broncos are at ShoWare Center on Saturday at 7:05pm.

Seattle (8-3-0-0) took a 1-0 lead early in the first period on a power-play goal from Shea Theodore. Mathew Barzal carried the puck from end-to-end and put a shot on goal that Kamloops goalie Bolton Pouliot stopped. The puck rebounded into the right circle where Ethan Bear got to it. Bear sent the puck to Theodore at the left point. Theodore beat Pouliot with a slap shot with traffic in front of Pouliot. The goal came 3:13 into the game.

Kamloops (4-7-0-0) tied the game 1-1 on an unassisted goal by Tim Bozon at 10:53 of the first. The goal came while the teams were playing four-on-four.

Both teams had 12 shots on goal in the first period.

The Blazers took a 2-1 lead at 15:47 of the second period on Bozon’s second goal of the game. Cole Ully had the only assist on the goal.

Chase Souto scored a power-play goal at 17:54 of the second to extend the Blazers lead to 3-1. Josh Connolly and Ully were credited with the assists.

The Blazers outshot the T-Birds 12-10 in the second period and led 24-22 in shots after two periods.

The T-Birds outshot the Blazers 10-4 in the third period and 32-28 in the game.

Seattle goalie Justin Myles stopped 25 of 28 shots and his record falls to 4-2-0-0.

Pouliot made 31 saves on 32 shots and his record is 3-3-0-0.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Seattle, Theodore 1 (Bear, Barzal), 3:13 (pp). 2, Kamloops, Bozon 2, 10:53. Penalties – Clouston, Kam (interference), 2:22. Eansor, Sea (holding), 9:24. Thomson, Kam (hooking), 10:46. Bear, Sea (interference), 12:04,

Second period – 3, Kamloops, Bozon 3 (Ully), 15:47. 4, Kamloops, Souto 7 (Connolly, Ully), 17:54 (pp). Penalties – Theodore, Sea (hooking), 6:12. Holub, Sea (interference), 16:12. Rehill, Kam (double minor-high sticking), 18:07.

Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Connolly, Kam (hooking), 1:49. Grist, Kam, (slashing), 2:42. Elliot, Sea (goaltender interference), 4:51. Eansor, Sea (hooking), 8:52. Cross, Kam (holding), 9:52. Thomson, Kam (hooking), 13:33.

Shots on goal – Seattle 12-10-10 32, Kamloops 12-12-4 28. Goalies – Seattle, Myles 28 shots-25 saves (4-2-0-0); Kamloops, Pouliot 32-31 (3-3-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-8; Kamloops 1-6. A – 3,827. Referees – Steve Papp, Dexter Rasmussen. Linesmen – Riley Balson, Dustin Minty.