LETHBRIDGE - The red hot Kamloops Blazers scored three times on the power play and held off a huge 3rd period rally as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-4 in overtime Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.
A pretty good, fast-paced opening period in this one. It looked like perhaps the game was going to be scoreless following the first 20 minutes, but Kamloops would get a lucky bounce on a power play late in the period, when JC Lipon's shot went off Tim Bozon in front and by Ty Rimmer to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead after one period of play. Both teams had some excellent scoring chances in the period. Kamloops out shot Lethbridge 15-7.
In the second, the Blazers would make good on another power play. This time Colin Smith would get in on the action as Kamloops would jump ahead 2-0 early in the period. The Canes would take another penalty shortly after, but they would get themselves back into the game with a shorthanded goal. Dan Johnston moves up on a two-on-one rush and fired shot through the pads of Kamloops goaltender Taran Kozun to make it a 2-1 hockey game. That was Johnston's 3rd of the year and also the Canes 3rd shorthanded marker of the season, tied with Everett in that stat category. Before the end of the period, Kamloops would get that one back when Dylan Willick snapped a laser beam off the bar and past Rimmer to put the visitors ahead 3-1. The Blazers would score once more on the power play before the buzzer would sound when Brendan Ranford found the back of the net with less than a minute remaining to put Kamloops ahead 4-1 after two periods of play. The Blazers held the edge in shots 24-16.