Kamloops Blazers kick off road trip with 6-2 win

By Tim O'Donovan - Kamloops Blazers
December 11, 2015 - 11:19pm

SASKATOON — The Kamloops Blazers (13-10-3-1) scored four second period goals in a 6-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night. 

The Blades scored the game's first goal as Cameron Hebig batted a puck out of midair 10:46 into the game as the Blades led 1-0. 

The Blazers had a slow start, but tied the game up on an odd man rush. Collin Shirleyripped a shot off goaltender Brock Hamm's left pad and Gage Quinney went to the net and scored his 13th goal of the season. 

The Blades outshot the Blazers 17-10 in the first period. Goaltender Connor Ingram had an outstanding period as he stopped 16 shots and the game was tied at 1-1.

Collin Shirley gave the Blazers the lead on a breakaway 5:41 into the second period. He blocked a shot and snapped a puck past Hamm on the blocker side. 

The line of Spencer Bast, Matt Campese and Garrett Pilon had a great shift midway through the period. Spencer Bast won a race to a puck and centered a pass to Garrett Pilon as he netted his seventh of the season. 

Nick Chyzowski then added a power play goal as he tipped a shot from Pilon. 

Collin Shirley rounded out the scoring in the second period finishing off an odd man rush as the Blazers held a 5-1 lead going into the third period. 

In the third frame, Ondrej Vala scored on a long shot 17 seconds into the period for a 6-1 Blazers lead. 

The Blazers gave up a late goal as they cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Blades. 

Connor Ingram was terrific in goal for the Blazers with 33 saves including a highlight reel diving glove save. 

The Blazers were 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Final shots on goal were 36-35 in favour of the Blazers. 

It was a homecoming for forwards Collin Shirley and Garrett Pilon, who both got the opportunity to play in their hometown. Shirley was the game's third star with two goals and an assist and Pilon was the game's first star with a goal and an assist. 

The Blazers will play Saturday night in Prince Albert as they continue their six-game East Division road trip. 

Blazers' Ingram WHL goalie of the week