KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Blazers (18-14-4-2) earned a point, but lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Prince George Cougars (24-13-1-1) on Wednesday night.
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Collin Shirley opened the scoring for the third straight game 1:33 into the first period.
He held on to the puck on an odd man rush and fired a shot past goaltender Ty Edmonds on the blocker side for a 1-0 lead.
The Cougars tied the game up late in the period. Jansen Harkins tipped a shot from Brad Morrison past goaltender Connor Ingram.
The two teams went into the first period intermission tied 1-1 in the game and 9-9 on the shot clock.
The Blazers took the lead back on a goal from Deven Sideroff. Collin Shirley was stopped on a breakaway and Sideroff was there to clean up the rebound for a 2-1 lead midway through the period.
Chase Witala tied the game up with 2:03 left in the period. He took a stretch pass from Joe Carvalho and snuck a shot shortside high above Ingram.
Kody McDonald scored 11 seconds later to give the Cougars the lead. His shot was deflected by a Blazers defender and tipped off the glove of Ingram before trickling in.
The Cougars held a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Collin Shirley tied the game with his 26th goal of the season 4:32 into the third period.
Deven Sideroff found Shirley open in the slot on the power play and he one-timed a puck past Edmonds to make it 3-3.
Connor Ingram was forced to make some big saves in the third period as he helped the Blazers get to overtime.
Overtime was back and forth. Both teams had scoring chances as Ingram and Edmonds were outstanding.
In the shootout, the Blazers had trouble hitting the net as all four shooters were stopped.
Brad Morrison was the only goal scorer in the fourth round as the Cougars prevailed 4-3 in a shootout.
The Blazers finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Connor Ingram took the shootout loss with 37 saves, while Ty Edmonds stopped 22 shots.
The Blazers will look ahead to Friday when they host the Tri-City Americans at the Sandman Centre.
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