Blazers 2-and-0 after 0-and-9

By Earl Seitz
October 16, 2017 - 3:29pm Updated: October 16, 2017 - 6:05pm

KAMLOOPS — After looking like they saw no light at the end of the tunnel in a loss to Calgary last Wednesday, the light switch suddenly snapped on this weekend.

The Blazers found their game and won their first two games of the season in a sweep of the Prince George Cougars, winning both games by 4-1 scores.

A sweep on the road that could go a long way towards restoring confidence after an 0-and-9 start.

With a 2-1 lead going to the third period on Friday night, coach Don Hay says "we played really well and did'nt allow a lot, and in the second game we just got more and more confident."

Forward Quinn Benjafield, who was injured in Friday's game and did'nt play Saturday says he saw "a lot of guys putting in way more effort, everybody cared a lot more, everybody looked like they were supporting each other on the ice, and we looked a lot more like a team."

Added defenceman Joe Gatenby "it's nice to change the narrative around the team and move on from streaking the wrong way --- and just move on and keeping the streak going the right way now."

The Blazers had goals from seven different players in the two games, with rookie forward Connor Zary scoring twice and adding an assist.

Zary has three goals on the season, and all have been against Prince George.

Says Zary "it was a good weekend with my linemates Smith and Loewen --- they helped me out a lot."

The other goals came from Garrett Pilon, Brodi Stuart, Jermaine Loewen, Luc Smith, Nick Chyzowski and Ondrej Vala.

Loewen, who just returned from injury, also had two assists in the two games, while defenceman Joe Gatenby had a hand in setting up four goals.

Dylan Ferguson was solid in net stopping 41 of 43 shots in the two games.

The Blazers are back on the road next weekend in Spokane and Tri-Cities before returning home to play Everett on Friday, October 17.



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