Blazers fall 3-2 in a shootout in Kelowna

By Kamloops Blazers staff
January 8, 2017 - 7:06am

KELOWNA —The Kamloops Blazers had a great outing in Kelowna, but fell 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night.

The Rockets opened the scoring on the power play in the first period. Nick Merkley scored on a rebound to make it 1-0.

The Blazers battled back with a solid second period. Rudolfs Balcers scored his 22nd of the season on a partial break to make it 1-1.

Nick Chyzowski gave the Blazers the lead on a penalty shot with less than a second left in the period.

The Blazers had a chance to extend their 2-1 lead on a power play in the third period, but instead gave up a shorthanded marker to Reid Gardner as the game was tied at 2-2.

Overtime solved nothing and it took six rounds to end the shootout. Kole Lind ended up with the shootout winner for the Rockets as they defeated the Blazers 3-2.

Dylan Ferguson had another outstanding night in goal with 34 saves. Brodan Salmond was solid in the Rockets net stopping 26 shots.

The Blazers were scheduled to play Sunday night in Portland, but a severe weather warning in the Portland area has postponed the game.

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