Six honks, for six straight road wins. It’s the first time in 12 Blazer seasons that’s happened.
It didn’t come easy. The Blazers were forced to kill a 1:14 long 5-on-3 powerplay late in the third to preserve the 5-4 win.
“That’s why they call it the wild,wild west,” commented Blazer Assistant Coach Scott Ferguson post-game on our “After the Buzzer” segment on Radio NL
The Hitmen loss was another bitter one as their streak in the red grew from seven to eight straight games – seven of which on home ice.
It was another game where special teams reigned supreme. The Blazers and Hitmen combined for six powerplay goals. In the end, it was the Blazer penalty-kill that was the difference maker, only this time for the positive.
Early in the third, the Blazers went up 5-4 on a 5-on-3 PP goal from Jordan DePape. It was the Hitmen who tied the game on a 5-on-3 goal in the 2nd. It was a two-man advantage for two-man advantage right? Eye for an eye?
The Blazers had to reach back into the character bank and pull out 1:14 worth to seal the win.
It didn’t take long for newly acquired goaltender Cam Lanigan to see action. He replaced starter Jeff Bosch after the 1st period after Bosch tweaked a knee. Lanigan, who was acquired in a trade with Edmonton just yesterday morning, would get the win. He would make18 saves including a few big ones.
Bosch was hurt when he was hit backwards into his goal by Hitmen F Cody Beach. There was no penalty for the contact in the crease.
The Blazers got goals from DePape, Chase Schaber, Dalibor Bortnak, Brendan Ranford and Logan McVeigh’s first ever in the WHL.
The Blazers take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night in Lethbridge. They are coming off a 4-3 shootout win in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice.
The Blazers improve to 9-8-0-1 on the season. They are 6-2 on the road, 3-6-0-1 on home ice through the first quarter of the season.