Blazers beat Chiefs 3-2, clinch WHL playoff berth

By Colton Davies
March 9, 2016 - 10:31pm Updated: March 10, 2016 - 12:09am

SPOKANE, WA - After missing the WHL playoffs for the past two years, the Blazers are headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2012-13, as Kamloops officially clinched with a 3-2 win in Spokane on Tuesday night.

The Blazers (34-25-5-4) sweep the season series against the Chiefs (30-27-5-4) for the first time since the 2003-04 season. With the victory, Kamloops also matches a season-best five game winning streak, and have won seven of their past eight games.

Kamloops received goals from Quinn Benjafield, Collin Shirley and Spencer Bast. Garrett Pilon led the way offensively with two primary assists, en route to being named the game’s first star.

Connor Ingram, who was the game’s third star, had another pedestrian night on the shot clock, needing to make only 24 saves. Ingram stopped 20 shots in helping the Blazers to a 6-2-win last night over the Tri-City Americans.

The Blazers powerplay went 2-3 on the night and continues to be red hot. Kamloops has at least one powerplay goal in six of their past seven games, and has clicked at over 30% in their past 15 games.

The Blazers will conclude for their four-game road swing against the Rockets on Friday in Kelowna. 

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 Blazer Box Office at 250-828-3339, or click here to order online through Ticketmaster.

Blazers clinch WHL playoff spot