Sunday, January 02, 2011

Blazers Save Best for Last

The Blazers got themselves out of the basement in the Western Conference and vaulted into 8th spot with a come-from-behind 3-2 win in Seattle last night.

Down 2-1 in the third, the Blazers tied it midway through on a lazer from F Thomas Frazee from 20 feet out. With 8:23 to play, F Dylan Willick converted a 3-on-2 rush as he banged home his own rebound to give the Blazers a 3-2 lead. Willick's last three goals have all been game-winners.

The rest of the way, the Blazers locked it down as Jeff Bosch finished the night with 38 saves to record the victory between the pipes. On the other end, it was another busy night for G Calvin Pickard. He faced 49 shots and was on top of his game. It didn't look like he was going to allow the Blazers a chance to come back.

Brendan Ranford scored the opening goal, just 23 seconds into the 2nd period. It was his league-leading 29th of the season.

The schedule keeps on coming. The Blazers host the Kelowna Rockets to open up a three-game homestand tonight at ISC. Face-off at 6pm. It's a rematch of Thursday's game in Kelowna. The Rockets lost 5-2 on home ice last night to the Spokane Chiefs.

The Blazers have just begun a 15 game stretch over the next 29 days.

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