KELOWNA, B.C. - Dawson Davidson was the overtime hero for the Blazers, who erased a 3-1 third period deficit to beat the Rockets 4-3 in overtime on the road on Friday night.
The win is the team’s sixth straight, and in that span they’ve beat the Rockets three times. The Blazers previously had lost 14 of 15 games against the Rockets.
The Rockets opened the scoring only 31 seconds into the game as Justin Kirkland beat Connor Ingram glove side on Kelowna’s first shot of the game. The Blazers responded at 11:18 of the first, as a long knuckle-puck shot from the point by Conner McDonald beat Rockets goalie Michael Herringer.
While the second period was very closely played at 5-on-5, the Rockets converted two powerplay goals to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Blazers finally got their first powerplay of the night 22 seconds into the third period, and Garrett Pilon put home a point shot with five seconds remaining in the man-advantage. Kamloops made it 2-2 on their powerplay when they evened the scored at 3, thanks to a Matt Revel goal at 11:49. The Blazers powerplay is now clicking at over 35% in their last 15 games.
Davidson’s winner at 1:25 into overtime came on a gorgeous tic-tac-toe passing play with Pilon and Collin Shirley. Davidson was a standout with a goal and two assists on the night, while Pilon and Revel each had a goal and an assist. For Pilon, he has seven of his 16 goals this season against the Rockets, and a team-leading 12 points this year against Kelowna. Connor Ingram also stood tall in net, making 40 saves and being named the game’s second star as a result.
Combined with a Prince George Cougars loss, the Blazers have taken over third-place in the B.C. Division, now sitting two points up on the Cougars. Kamloops has now won 12 of their last 15 games, and are 8-1-0-1 overall in their past 10 games.
The Blazers are back in action again tomorrow night, heading home to take on the Vancouver Giants in the final meeting of the season between the two teams. Puck drop at the Sandman Centre is at 7:00pm.
The final two home games in the Kamloops Blazers regular season are Mar. 12th vs. Vancouver Giants and Mar. 18th vs. Prince George. For tickets to either of these games, call the Blazers Box Office at 250-828-3339, or click here to purchase online through Ticketmaster.
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