RECAP: Blazers Come Back to Defeat Giants 6-3
PHOTO BY: ALLEN DOUGLAS
Kamloops, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants were doubled up by the Kamloops Blazers 6-3 on Friday night at the Sandman Centre.
With the loss, the Giants’ record falls to 9-13-2-0 this season.
Vancouver got out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes, but Kamloops stormed back with three of their own in the second period, before adding one early in the third and one into the empty net to make it 6-3. Two of the Blazers’ goals came on the power play.
Scoring for the Giants was Cameron Schmidt, Kyren Gronick and Tyler Thorpe. Kamloops got two goals each from Nathan Behm and Shea Van Olm, as well as tallies from Harrison Brunicke and Andrew Thomson.
The Blazers opened the scoring on a power play 6:18 into the period. Defenceman Harrison Brunicke found a loose puck just outside the crease after a ricochet off the end boards and made no mistake for his third of the season.
Just past the midway point of the period, Schmidt pounced on an opportunity after a shot from Kamloops missed the net and rimmed all the way outside the zone, as the rookie lifted the stick of Matteo Koci and went in on a breakaway. Schmidt went to the backhand and tucked it home to tie the game 1-1.
With four minutes remaining in the first, the Giants took their first lead of the game, after Gronick backhanded home a loose puck outside the crease for his fifth of the season, moments after Thorpe hit the post on a 2-on-1.
The line of Gronick, Thorpe and Adam Titlbach got on the board again at the 18:36 mark of the opening period, after Leslie fired a quick shot from the right point that was deflected in by Thorpe to make it 3-1 Vancouver.
Kamloops came out hard in the second period, cutting the lead to 3-2 at the 4:19 mark thanks to Van Olm.
Just 2:41 later, Behm put home a rebound on the power play to tie the game 3-3.
In the final five minutes of the second, Blazers goaltender Dylan Ernst made a miraculous diving stick save on Aaron Obobaifo, and in the same shift, Kamloops went back the other way on a 2-on-0 and scored, after Thompson beat Brett Mirwald with a shot on the blocker side.
Behm extended the lead to 5-3 early in the third period with a shot from the slot and Van Olm added an empty net goal to make the final 6-3.
SOG: VAN — 9/8/6 = 23 | KAM – 10/15/14 = 39
PP: VAN — 0/2 | KAM — 2/4
Face-Offs: VAN — 29 | KAM — 30
1st: KAM – Ander Thompson – 1G, 1A, 5 SOG, +2
2nd: KAM – Nathan Behm – 2G, 2 SOG
3rd: KAM – Dylan Ernst – 20 Saves on 23 Shots
Vancouver: Loss – Brett Mirwald (33 saves / 38 shots)
Kamloops: Win – Dylan Ernst (20 saves / 23 shots)