Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blazers Rally in Calgary

As Assistant Coach Geoff Smith said in the post-game show, "two out of three wins is a good road trip, three out of three is a great road trip."

The Blazers could have easily mailed it in the rest of the way in Calgary trailing 2-0 in the third. After all, they already had won the first two games of the swing...good enough right?


Instead, the Blazers saved their best for last scoring three goals for a come-from-behind 3-2 win at the ScotiaBank Saddledome.

Trailing 2-0, Brendan Ranford finally broke the barrier in front of the Hitmen goal provided by Slovak import 'tender Juraj Holly.

A few minutes later Ryan Hanes tied it up as he snuck a shot through the Hitmen goaltender 6:21 into the final frame.

Finally, at the tail-end of a Blazer powerplay, a Hitmen clearing attempt hit Calgary's Riley Reinbolt and stayed in the attacking zone. Jordan DePape picked it up and wired it upstairs for the go-ahead goal.

The Hitmen would pull the 'tender late for the extra man but couldn't find the equalizer.

Blazers win 3-2. It's the first time in seven seasons they have won five straight on the road. The last time they did that it was October of the 2003-04 season.

Brendan Ranford extended his point streak to 10 games with his 3rd period goal.

"We said in the room after two periods that if we want to be a team that makes a playoff run we have to win games like these," commented Assistant Coach Geoff Smith post-game.

"Good teams find ways to win games, and that's what we're doing right now...finding ways to win."

By killing off five Hitmen PP advantages, the Blazers killed off all 18 powerplays on the three-game swing. There PK started a league worst 71.4% and ended a more respectable 77.0%

The Blazers improve to 7-6-0-1 and will now play their next three games at home starting Wednesday when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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