Blazers let it slip away in Medicine Hat

By Tim O'Donovan - Kamloops Blazers
January 14, 2016 - 5:43am Updated: January 14, 2016 - 6:17pm

MEDICINE HAT — Kamloops Blazers (21-14-4-3) fell in a shootout 6-5 to the Medicine Hat Tigers (16-22-3-1) on Wednesday night.

It was the Blazers fourth line that got the hockey club off to a good start.

Jermaine Loewen and Matthew Campese score goals at 4:04 and 6:05 of the first period to give the Blazers the lead.

Campese now has goals in three straight games.

Shots were 6-6 in the first period as the Blazers took a 2-0 lead into the second period.

Deven Sideroff made it 3-0 only 1:33 into the second period on a power play. He scored on a rebound off a shot from Ryan Rehill.

Chad Butcher made it 3-1 beating goaltender Connor Ingram on the blocker side.

Matt Needham gave the Blazers a 4-1 lead after two periods squeezing a shot underneath goaltender Mack Shields. That was it for Shields as he let in four goals on 16 shots.

Needham started the third period right with a goal 38 seconds in and a 5-1 Blazers lead.

From there, it fell apart for the Blazers as the Tigers had chance after chance and outshot the Blazers 17-6 in the period.

Mason Shaw and Mark Rassell each scored to make it a 5-3 Blazers lead with 14 minutes left in the period.

Alex Mowbray made it 5-4 with 8:32 to play with a power play tip past goaltender Connor Ingram.

Rassell rounded out the comeback on a breakaway to send the game to overtime tied at 5-5.

Overtime solved nothing, and the Tigers ended the shootout in the sixth round with Matt Bradley getting the winner.

Despite the loss, the Blazers have collected points in seven straight games going 4-0-1-2 in that stretch.

The Tigers outshot the Blazers 36-25. The Blazers were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Tigers finished 2-for-5.

The Blazers will continue their Alberta road trip in Lethbridge on Friday and in Edmonton on Sunday.

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