Kamloops Blazers win 8th straight - clinch 3rd place in the BC Division

By Tim O'Donovan - Kamloops Blazers
March 18, 2016 - 11:20pm Updated: March 21, 2016 - 2:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The Blazers scored two power play goals in the second period and led the rest of the way in a 4-1 home ice win over the Prince George Cougars. 

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The win was the Blazers eight straight and also helped the hockey club clinch 3rd place in the B.C. Division to set up a first round WHL playoff match-up with the Kelowna Rockets. To view the schedule of the first round series, click here. 

Gage Quinney opened the scoring for the Blazers with a five-on-three power play goal in the second period. He ripped a shot past goaltender Ty Edmonds for a 1-0 Blazers lead. 

Matt Revel scored 1:08 later on a power play on a nice feed from Jake Kryski as the Blazers held a 2-0 lead with 6:52 to play in the second period. 

Jansen Harkins tallied with 1:08 to play in the second period on a four-on-three power play. He one-timed a shot past goaltender Connor Ingram. The Blazers took a 2-1 lead into the final period. 

Collin Shirley scored the insurance marker on a terrific passing play midway through the third period. Deven Sideroff slid a puck to Garrett Pilon and he one-touched it to Shirley for an open net and a 3-1 lead. 

Shirley scored his 37th goal of the season into an empty net to help the Blazers to a 4-1 win. 

The Blazers finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Cougars were 1-for-3. Final shots on goal were 37-36 in favour of the Blazers. 

These two teams will close out the regular season Saturday night in Prince George.

Kamloops Blazers returning to Memorial Arena