Blazers large Family Day crowd disappointed in loss to Edmonton

By Earl Seitz
February 12, 2018 - 5:22pm Updated: February 12, 2018 - 5:54pm

KAMLOOPS — The largest Sandman Centre crowd of the season at 5578 was  hoping to see the Blazers close to within four points of a wild card in the Western Conference.

When Jackson Shepard scored at 1:52 of the first period it looked like the Blazers might be on their way against an Edmonton Oil Kings team that is last in the league and out of the playoff picture.

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It stayed 1-0 until a minute and 20 seconds into the second period when Colton Kehler beat Dylan Ferguson on a point shot from the right wall.

Twenty-two seconds later the end of period horn blew to stop the play during a Blazers rush.

After a quick review the video goal judge ruled a goal for the Oil Kings on the previous play.

A shot by Brendan Semchuk that Ferguson gloved, but the overhead review showed his glove crossed over the goal line and Semchuk was credited with his 12th of the season.

The Oil Kings would add some insurance at 12:05 with Colton Kehler's second of the game on the power play.

The Blazers had some push in the third, including a pair of power plays and outshot the Oil Kings 30-23 in the game.

But with a two goal lead Edmonton played shut down in the final five minutes and scored an empty net goal with 30 seconds left to put the stamp on a 4-1 win.

With 16 games left the Blazers are six points out of a wild card.

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