The Blazers gave up eight goals for the 2nd straight night adding to their league leading goals against totals in an 8-1 thumping at the hands of the Prince George Cougars.
Tell me when the last time this happened…the first five shots against the Blazers were all goals. Five shots, five goals as the Cougars raced to a 5-1 lead midway through the 1st period. This after Brendan Ranford opened the scoring for the Blazers 3:10 into the period.
It prompted one fellow WHL broadcaster to text me “are you playing goal tonight?”
Funny? Perhaps. But no one is laughing on the Blazers side.
Starting goaltender Jon Groenheyde gave up four goals on four shots before giving way to Jeff Bosch. The first shot he faced from Charles Inglis bounced and deflected into the net – the story of the night in this one.
If it could go in... it likely did. A lot of pucks changed directions on the Blazer 'tenders. They were visibly frustrated.
The first save of the game with about five minutes to play in the period drew a “Bronx cheer” from the ISC crowd.
There was no scoring in the 2nd period. The Cougars then made good for three goals on six shots in the 3rd period for the runaway 8-1 win.
The Cougars finished the night with 25 shots while the Blazers put forth 40 by the final buzzer. Scoring chances would have been about even.
The Blazers got into penalty problems in the first period. A too many men on the ice call, a double-minor for high sticking to Colin Smith (called by the linesman at the stoppage) and a subsequent bench minor to Head Coach Guy Charron gave the Cougars back-to-back five-on-three powerplays.
The Blazers head out to Alberta Tuesday for games in Red Deer Wednesday, Edmonton Friday and Calgary Saturday.