Saturday, September 25, 2010

Blazers 5 Cougars 2

The Kamloops Blazers opened up the 2010-11 season with a 5-2 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars.

The Blazers led 2-0 after one on goals by Dylan Willick (it appears to be Linden Saip's goal upon review) and Chase Schaber.

The Cougars pulled within one as Brett Connolly made it just in time for the game and gave the Cougars their first goal.

Back-to-back goals from JT Barnett and Brendan Ranford gave the Blazers a 4-1 lead before a PP point-shot from Martin Marancin cut it to 4-2 after two.

Willick would score an empty-netter to put it away late in the third period for the 5-2 final.

Blazers G Jon Groenheyde was solid making 39 saves in the win. Chase Schaber, JT Barnett and Brendan Ranford each finished with a goal and an assist.

The two fights in the game both involved European players making their WHL debut. The Cougars Martin Marincin got involved with Chase Schaber in the first. The Blazer Bernhard Keil scraped with the Cougars Parker Stanfield in the third.

Game highlights can be viewed at

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