Goal in Final Minute Lifts Kamloops Past Tri-City

Kamloops, BC- Kamloops wanted revenge for their loss earlier this season.

They got that revenge, as the Kamloops Blazers (21-6-1-1, 44 pts) added to their league leading point total, scoring in the final minute of the third period to earn a 3-2 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans (16-10-1-1, 34 pts) in the Interior Savings Centre.

Kamloops extended its home win streak against Tri-City to three. Tri-City has lost three straight games and five in a row on the road.

The first period started off physical and remained throughout. Tri-City got on the board first as Beau McCue picked up a Kamloops turnover and fired it into the top right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. Both teams had excellent scoring chances and the Americans outshot the Blazers 13-12. JC Lipon had a couple of chances at the doorstep, but Eric Comrie stoned him both times as the Americans went into the second period with the lead.

The lead would not last long in the second period as JC Lipon put home a loose puck to tie the game at one early in the second. And Kamloops would take the lead on a Colin Smith goal as he put home a rebound to make it 2-1 Blazers. The Blazers had more chances than the Americans in the second and outshot Tri-City 13-10. Both teams had a power play but neither team capitalized on the opportunity as the Blazers went into the final period with a one goal lead.

The Americans pressed in the third period to tie the game, and finally did just that as Parker Bowles tied the game with a little over five minutes remaining in the game. But Kamloops would gain the lead with 38 seconds left in the game as Chase Souto juked out Comrie to score. Tri-City had a 6-on-5 advantage for the final 30 seconds, but couldn’t tie the game as Kamloops held on for the win.

Justin Feser failed to score a point, ending his point streak at six games.

Comrie recorded 32 saves in the loss, while Cole Cheveldave had 26 saves in the win.

Tri-City has one final road game in British Columbia against the Vancouver Giants (7-19-0-0, 14 pts) in Pacific Coliseum. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans defeated the Giants in the first meeting 9-1 in Kennewick, scoring five goals in the second period en route to the victory. Feser recorded a hat trick and an assist in the win. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. WHL Live will stream the game online starting at 7:00 p.m.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Chase Souto, Kamloops           

2. Colin Smith, Kamloops
3. Parker Bowles, 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