KAMLOOPS, BC. - The Kamloops Blazers exploded for 4 goals in the second period as they dropped the struggling Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-1 on Thanksgiving Day Monday afternoon
A tentatively-played first period by Lethbridge and Kamloops in this Thanksgiving Monday afternoon game. It seemed the teams were feeling things out during the opening 20 minutes and getting used to the much earlier start time. Neither club was able to score and the shots very even at 9-9.
In the second, the goals finally started to come. In fact, three goals in less than 5 minutes to open the period. Kamloops started things off just 17 seconds in the period when Chase Souto tapped in a bouncing puck to give Kamloopsa 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, the Kamloops would make it 2-0 when Aspen Sterzer scored shorthanded, beating Corbin Boes. Lethbridge would get than one back quickly.. A great pass from Tyler Wong to Giorgio Estephan and he buried it past Bolton Pouliot on the power play. That cut the Blazer lead to 2-1. Kamloops would keep the offence coming. Cole Ully scored to give the home team a two goal lead again, this time 3-1. That was a power play goal. Then two minutes after that Aaron Macklin would snap home a big shot to give Kamloops a comfortable 4-1 lead. That would be it for Boes in the Lethbridge goals he allowed 4 goals on 18 shots. Chris Tai would come in to play the rest of the game. The Blazers would take that 4-1 leading into the dressing room after 40 minutes.
In the third, Kamloops kept it coming. Josh Connolly, just 51 seconds into the period, snapped one by Chris Tai to give the Blazers a 5-1 lead. About 7 minutes later the Blazers scored again. Aspen Sterzer's 2nd of the afternoon would make it 6-1 Kamloops. The game was pretty much over, but the Blazers would add one more before the final buzzer when Landon Cross would get one on the power play to give the Blazers a 7-1 victory. The Canes were out shot 39-27 in this game. Lethrbidge went 1/5 on the power play and Kamloops 3/7. The Hurricanes have now lost 6 games in a row and see their record fall to 1-8-0-1 in 10 games to start the season. On the CJOC pre-game show Monday afternoon Coach Drake Berehowsky told me, "We're trying to change a lot here. The guys have to be patient, the fans have to be patient, and I have to be patient."
The Hurricanes will close out this BC road on Wednesday (Oct. 16) in Kelowna. The Rockets are one of the top teams in the WHL. They're a fairly high scoring team and stingy on defence. The Canes would love nothing more than to steal two points from one of the best teams here to start the season. After this game, the Hurricanes will head back home where they will play 9 of their next 10 games at the ENMAX Centre Between October 18th and November 10th. The Canes next action at home is Saturday (Oct. 19) when the welcome the Saskatoon Blades. Game time from Kelowna Wednesday is 8:00 pm MDT. The pre-game show on CJOC at 7:30.