Blazers Score Last Four Goals, Defeat Americans 4-1

John Allen

Kennewick, WA- Tri-City stole a win in Kamloops earlier this month, and the Blazers looked to return the favor tonight.

Top 10 point scorer Colin Smith scored two goals as the Kamloops Blazers (30-13-2-3, 65 pts) reached the 30 win plateau with a 4-1 win over the Tri-City Americans (26-17-1-2, 55 pts) in front of 4,772 at the Toyota Center.

The teams finish the season series tied at two wins a piece, with each team winning one at home and one on the road. Tri-City snaps a three game win streak and a two game home win streak. Kamloops is the fifth team to reach 30 wins this season.

The Americans would get off to another quick start as they have the last couple games, as Jesse Mychan would pick up a loose puck and fire it into the net for a 1-0 lead 2:30 into the game. Tri-City outshot Kamloops 8-3 in first half of period, but the Kamloops closed out the period with momentum. Kamloops had 12 shots to the Americans 11, but the Americans were the team with the one goal lead after one period.

Kamloops owned the second period, starting it off by tying the game at one early in the second period as Luke Lee-Knight turned the puck over in his own end, allowing Matt Needham to slap home a loose puck. Kamloops would gain the lead three minutes later as Chase Souto scored to make it 2-1 Blazers. The shots weren’t close, as the Americans only had three in the period compared to Kamloops’ 13 shots.

Colin Smith would increase the lead to 3-1 three minutes into the third. Lukas Walter would get a five minute penalty, allowing Smith to score his second goal of the game on the power play, slipping it past Lee-Knight to make it 4-1. The Americans had chances late but couldn’t generate any offense as the Blazers would cruise the rest of the game.

Mitch Topping would continue his point streak with an assist tonight, making it seven straight games with a point. Justin Feser also has a seven game point streak with an assist tonight. Mychan’s goal was his fifth in three games.

Lee-Knight made 29 saves in the loss while Kamloops’ goaltender Taran Kozun made 20 saves in the loss.

Tri-City will have to shake off the loss quickly, as they travel north on U.S. 395 to take on the Spokane Chiefs (28-15-1-0, 57 pts) in Veterans Memorial Arena tomorrow night. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Spokane has won four of seven meetings this season, but Tri-City has won two straight against the Chiefs. The Americans trail the Chiefs by two points in the U.S. Division. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. MeTV 42.2/Charter 280 will broadcast the game starting at 7:00 p.m.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Matt Needham, Kamloops

2. Chase Souto, Kamloops
3. Jesse Mychan, Tri-City

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68