KAMLOOPS — Keegan Kolesar scored the opening goal and the insurance marker to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night.
The Thunderbirds got off to a good start, but Connor Ingram was solid in goal in the first period.
Kolesar opened the scoring on the power play 14:25 into the first period. He ripped a shot over the shoulder of Ingram for his 25th goal of the season.
The Thunderbirds outshot the Blazers 14-7 in the period. The Blazers were 0-for-2 on the power play in the period.
Matthew Wedman made it 2-0 midway through the second period. He potted a rebound for his sixth goal of the season.
The Blazers started the third period the right way. Garrett Pilon won a faceoff and Matt Needham took the puck to the net scoring his 15th goal of the season 20 seconds into the third period. The Blazers trailed 2-1 with 19:40 to play.
Collin Shirley had a gift of a chance in the period. He stole the puck from a Thunderbirds defender and went to the goal alone, but was denied by goaltender Landon Bow.
The best chance for the Blazers came in the last minute with the goaltender pulled. Matt Revel fed Gage Quinney, but he missed the net on a one-timer.
Kolesar added an empty net goal to make it a 3-1 final for the Thunderbirds.
Connor Ingram stopped 25 of 27 shots, while Landon Bow was the game's first star with 28 saves.
The Blazers were 0-for-4 on the power play, and the Thunderbirds were 1-for-2.
The Blazers will conclude their three game road trip Friday night in Everett.
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