The Blazers will spend the next two days in Medicine Hat - the furthest east they'll travel all season long. It's a match-up with the Medicine Hat Tigers tomorrow night.
It was another crucial two points for the Blazers last night albeit it came the hard way. Up 3-0 in the 2nd and 4-1 early in the third period, the Blazers kept the door wide open thanks to some costly mistakes leading to a pair of short-handed goals by the Hurricanes that sent the game to overtime tied 4-4.
Jordan DePape ended OT just 1:30 in after converting on a 2-on-1 with Brendan Ranford. It's a win, but it's a bit reserved following a third period letdown.
The club has now picked up five out of a possible six points on the swing as they head into an extremely tough weekend with games against Medicine Hat and Kootenay before wrapping up the 10 day Central division swing.
Here's a few random thoughts...
- Blazer F Colin Smith is fine after taking a hard hit from the Hurricanes Max Ross. The hit drew a major for interference but it's one of those hits that in my opinion is part of hockey and has been for a long time.
It came on the break-out with a lead pass from a defenseman to a forward looking back to receive it...a suicide pass as it's referred to. Ross stepped up to make the hit, and it's part of the game. There was possibly a blow to the head on contact, but for the most part it's a hit you're encouraged to do in the game. I doubt there will be a suspension.
- 15 year-old Cole Ully (pronounced YOU-lee) didn't look out of place on a line with Brendan Ranford and Dylan Willick. Ully had a couple of scoring chances but didn't capitalize. A strong debut for the 2nd round bantam pick out of Calgary.
- The Blazers and Kelowna Rockets shared the same hotel space in Medicine Hat overnight. The Rockets stayed in Medicine Hat after edging the Tigers 3-2 in a shootout. The Rockets are skating as we speak while the Blazers jump on the ice afterwards. Kelowna will continue on to Calgary today before playing in Red Deer tomorrow night.
The Blazers will spend the night in Medicine Hat before playing the Tigers tomorrow night in the 2nd meeting of the season.