Sunday, October 17, 2010


A night to forget….

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.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is finally bonners team and it looks like we are missing a very important piece of the puzzle that needs to be addressed now before the rest of the boys pack it in and the season is over. It is obvious that our goalies have the ability needed to allow us to compete in this league. while I never saw much of bosch, i have sat through 3 yrs of groenhyde and never have i thought that he was capable of being a number 1 goalie. this team does not need great goaltending as we seem to have an abundance of skilled forwards and should be able to score. Groenhyde not only let in 4 goals on 4 shots but never actually touched one. bonner has been watching this guy for 3 yrs and still never even had a back up plan in case it did not work out, bosch was an obvious knee jerk reaction to the fact that we also have no prospects ready to play at this level. so here we are as loyal kamloops fans watching a very skilled fun team to watch having its guts ripped out every night by far below par goalies. Guy is saying what he has to, and sure we might get caught up ice or out of position sometimes but those problems will be solved as i think Charron is the best thing to happen to this club in a long time, but no amount of coaching can over come what we saw this weekend. i sure hope that something will be done quickly as i fear this all ready fragile team could be destroyed by the end of november and that would be a shame because for the first time in a long time we appear to have a team that can actually compete in this league.