KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Blazers lost a tight game on home ice as they fell 2-1 to the Victoria Royals on Tuesday night.
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The first period was scoreless, but the Blazers had a great period. They dominated with the puck in the offensive zone, but goaltender Griffen Outhouse was solid for the Royals on the night.
The Blazers eventually got on the scoreboard at the end of a power play early in the second period.Conner McDonald blasted a shot past Outhouse on the blocker side for a 1-0 lead.
Jack Walker tied it up for the Royals 1:14 after McDonald's goal. He was given the puck on a rush and put a great shot on goal off the post and in on the glove side to make it 1-1.
The Royals took the lead 49 seconds into the third period. Dante Hannoun tipped a point shot past goaltender Connor Ingram for a 2-1 Royals lead.
The Blazers best chance of the period came off a rush. Collin Shirley and Dawson Davidson were stopped by Outhouse and Rudolfs Balcers had an open net, but a Royals defender blocked the shot to preserve the lead.
The Royals played a solid third period as they outshot the Blazers 17-8 and hung on for a 2-1 win.
The Blazers were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Royals finished 1-for-5. Connor Ingram had 37 saves, while Griffen Outhouse stopped 33 shots.
The Blazers will look ahead to the weekend as they host the Vancouver Giants on Friday night and are in Vancouver to play the Giants on Saturday to close out the week.
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