Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gutsy Win in Red Deer

Of all the questions surrounding the Kamloops Blazers, several of those were answered tonight in Red Deer with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Central division leading Rebels.

First and foremost, goaltender Jeff Bosch made 39 saves for the shutout at a time when the goaltending has been questioned.

Plus, the penalty-kill - a sore spot all season long - was a perfect 9/9 including two 4-on-3's and a 5-on-3 kill..

Brendan Ranford's goal with 5:33 to play in the third period stood up as the winner. For Ranford it was his team leading 11th of the season. Plain and simple, he's a gifted goal scorer.

For Jeff Bosch it has to be a good feeling. He provides the first Blazer road shutout since March 8th, 2008. A 1-0, 35 save performance from James Priestner in PG two seasons ago. A span of 77 road games.

"This was big for our team," commented G Jeff Bosch post-game.

"We've been giving up too many goals against especially on the penalty-kill. Out PK stepped up tonight and we were able to keep the puck out of our net."

I asked Bosch on what he thought of his game... a 1st star performance inside the Enmax Centrium...

"I haven't been happy with my start to the season. I was happy with my turnaround tonight and hopefully I can keep it going."


Tomorrow morning the WHL will announce the rosters for the Subway Super Series between Team WHL and the Russians for the games set for Kamloops and Prince George November 17th and 18th.

I'm expecting one or two Blazers to get the call. Stay tuned for that tomorrow morning....


The Blazers have the day off from game-action and will spend the day in Red Deer before heading up to Edmonton for Friday night's game.

More tomorrow....


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