The Kamloops Blazers’ ride home on the Coquihalla highway on Sunday was anything but typical.
The Blazers, who had been in Victoria for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader with the Royals, caught a morning ferry to the B.C. mainland and stopped at the Coquihalla summit for a restroom break about 11 o’clock.
Colin (Toledo) Robinson, the team’s veteran trainer, had been sleeping.
“We pulled over . . . I heard some rustling around and I could hear that the voices were a little bit serious,” Robinson said on Sunday evening. “I had been teasing (assistant coach) Mike Needham about having a soft bladder and then I heard someone say we needed a doctor. I knew then that things were bad.”
As it turned out, a woman believed to be in her 70s and travelling with a daughter was in difficulty. Robinson and Kamloops head coach Don Hay, who is a former firefighter, immediately tried to help.
“Your training kicks in and you just go do your thing,” Robinson said.
He said they did CPR on the elderly woman for “at least 45 minutes” while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.
“Another bystander was doing a real good job of CPR when we first showed up,” Robinson said. “She was getting tired. (Hay), being a firefighter and having CPR knowledge, took over the chest compressions. I monitored pulse and breathing and was controlling the scene.”
Unfortunately, the story didn’t have a happy ending as the woman didn’t survive.
“It sucks. It sucks for sure,” Robinson said. “At the end of the day, it’s not about what I did, or what (Hay) did. A lady lost her life and a family is missing someone they love. That’s the story.
“I just wish we could have had a better result.”
By Sunday evening, Robinson was in Kal Tire Place in Vernon, watching his daughter, Lahney, 9, score the first goal of her minor hockey career.
“The second mouse always gets the cheese in front of the net . . . a rebound and a one-timer,” he said. “There’s a big smile on my face now.”
After the day Robinson experienced, he more than earned it.
In Saskatoon, G Nik Amundrud stopped 24 shots to help the Blades to a 3-0 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Amundrud, a 17-year-old freshman from Melfort, Sask., has two shutouts this season. . . . Saskatoon F Brett Stovin scored the game’s first goal, on a PP at 1:09 of the first period. . . . He’s got 19 goals. . . . The Blades were 2-for-9 on the PP, with F Josh Uhrich getting his seventh goal, with the man advantage, at 11:58 of the third. . . . Saskatoon F Garrett Armour scored his first goal at 2:36 of the third. . . . Raiders G Nick McBride stopped 35 shots, including 17 in the opening period. . . . The Blades (14-29-3), who have taken three in a row from the Raiders, are on a season-best five-game winning streak. . . . The Raiders (19-27-1) have lost four straight. They are 3-9-0 since the Christmas break. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has a game story right here. . . .
In Calgary, G Brendan Burke kicked out 33 shots as the Hitmen blanked the Vancouver Giants, 8-0. . . . Burke, who came over from the Portland Winterhawks at the trade deadline, has one shutout this season and nine in his career. . . . F Elliott Peterson and F Jake Virtanen each scored twice for Calgary. . . . Peterson, who has seven goals, opened the scoring at 3:16 of the first period. . . . Virtanen, who also had an assist, has 13 goals. . . . D Jake Bean had four assists, with F Jody Stallard and Connor Rankin each getting two. . . . F Chase Lang notched his 20th goal. . . . Vancouver G Payton Lee left after Peterson’s second goal, at 1:17 of the second period. Peterson’s shot appeared to hit Lee on the underside of his blocker and he immediately headed for the bench and was replaced by Cody Porter. . . . The Hitmen (27-17-5) have won four in a row and now are one point behind secod-place Red Deer in the Central Division. . . . The Giants (20-27-2) completed a five-game Central Division trip with a 1-4-0 record. . . .
In Edmonton, the Medicine Hat Tigers scored two goals before the game was five minutes old and went on to beat the Oil Kings, 5-2. . . . Tigers F Dryden Hunt ran his point streak to 19 games with his 22nd goal, just 49 seconds into the game. . . . F Alex Mowbray made it 2-0 with his seventh goal at 4:53. . . . The Oil Kings got to within 2-1 and 4-2 but never were able to catch up. . . . Tigers F Cole Sanford scored his 40th goal, moving into a tie for the WHL goal-scoring lead with F Rourke Chartier of the Kelowna Rockets. . . . F Trevor Cox, who leads the WHL with 80 points, scored his 20th goal and added an assist. Cox had 82 points in 70 games last season; this season, he has 80 in 47. . . . The Tigers were 2-for-4 on the PP; the Oil Kings were 1-for-2. . . . Medicine Hat G Nick Schneider stopped 32 shots, nine more than Patrick Dea of Edmonton. . . . The Tigers (33-12-2) have won four straight. . . . The Oil Kings (22-21-6) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . After the game, Bob Ridley, the radio voice of the Tigers, tweeted: “Another d-man injured. T. Vinnelli—finger.” . . .
In Cranbrook, G Keelan Williams earned his first WHL victory as the Kootenay Ice beat the Prince George Cougars, 7-4. . . . Williams, who normally backs up Wyatt Hoflin, stopped 26 shots. . . . The Ice broke a 2-2 second-period tie with three goals in 6:21. . . . Cougars F Chase Witala tied it 2-2 with his 26th goal at 18:11 of the first, via the PP. . . . Ice F Zak Zborosky broke the tie with his 15th goal at 15:55 of the third, F Jaedon Descheneau scored his 24th at 11:36 and F Austin Wellsby got his first at 12:16. . . . Ice F Levi Cable scored twice, giving him 22, while Descheneau also had two assists. . . . Ice F Luke Philp drew three assists, F Tim Bozon scored twice, giving him 19, and added an assist, and F Sam Reinhart had two assists. . . . Prince George F Jansen Harkins scored his 17th goal and added two helpers, while D Josh Connolly got his ninth goal and also had two assists. . . . The Ice (26-22-1) has won four straight and holds the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot, three points ahead of Edmonton. . . . The Cougars (20-29-2) have lost 10 in a row (0-8-2). . . . Prince George is tied with Kamloops and Vancouver for third place in the B.C. Division. . . .
In Portland, F Oliver Bjorkstrand scored three times and set up another to help the Winterhawks to a 7-5 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . The Winterhawks broke a 1-1 tie with four straight goals, allowing them to take a 5-1 lead into the third period. . . . Each of Bjorsktrand’s goals was unassisted. . . . Bjorkstrand has 31 goals this season. In his third WHL season, he has 112 goals in 171 games. . . . Yes, Sunday was Jan. 25, but it’s interest that Bjorkstrand scored three times on Jan. 26, 2014, against Everett, and he had three goals on Jan. 26, 2013, against Tri-City. . . . F Paul Bittner scored his 21st goal and added an assist for Portland. . . . Trailing 5-1, the Americans made it interesting in the third period as they got to within 6-5, but Bjorkstrand put it away with an empty-netter. . . . F Taylor Vickerman and D Parker Wotherspoon each had two assists for the Americans. . . . The Winterhawks (28-19-3) won their fifth straight. . . . Tri-City (24-23-2) had won its previous two games. . . .
In Spokane, G Taran Kozun turned aside 20 shots to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 2-0 victory over the Chiefs. . . . Kozun has seven shutouts in his career, five of them with Seattle. Of those five, four are against the Chiefs. . . . F Donovan Neuls got the game’s first goal, his fifth, at 9:09 of the first period. . . . D Shea Theodore scored his seventh, on a PP, at 16:09 of the third. . . . Theodore also had an assist. . . . Prior to the game, the Thunderbirds brought in G Logan Flodell, who had been with the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks. . . . The Thunderbirds (23-18-6) had lost their last three (0-2-1). . . . The Chiefs (23-20-4), who have been blanked in three of their last four games, have lost six straight (0-5-1). . . . Seattle moved into third place in the U.S. Division, two points ahead of Spokane and Tri-City. . . . The Chiefs scratched seven injured regulars and then lost F Adam Helewka, their leading scorer, and F Kolten Olynek to undisclosed injuries. Helewka left after having been involved in a fight with Seattle F Scott Eansor. Olynek was injured in a collision with teammate Jacob Cardiff. . . . “Two teammates running into each other, but that’s the way things are going for us right now,” Spokane head coach Don Nachbaur told Chris Derrick of the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
Mooner still made those Blades’ jerseys look the best. pic.twitter.com/dzHPtllxNv
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