Kamloops enters Christmas break on top of B.C. Division
The Kamloops Blazers posted a 3-2-0-1 record on a six-game road trip, which wrapped up on Saturday, Dec. 17, in Moose Jaw.
Kamloops deserved better than a 4-3 shootout loss to the Warriors, outshooting the home team 46-30, but Moose Jaw capitalized on three power-play opportunities and the Blazers had a tough time beating 17-year-old netminder Spencer Tremblay, a Winnipeg product.
Colin Smith, Austin Madaisky and Chase Souto lit the lamp for Kamloops in the loss.
Cole Cheveldave made 26 saves on 29 shots between the pipes for the Blazers.
Kamloops opened the road trip with a 5-4 win in Swift Current on Dec. 10, before losing 8-4 to Regina the next night.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Prince Albert Raiders topped the Blazers 5-2.
Kamloops bounced back with a 6-3 win over Saskatoon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and a 3-2 triumph over Brandon on Friday, Dec. 16.
The Blazers enter the WHL’s Christmas break atop the B.C. Division with 50 points after 35 games.
Kamloops is four points back of the league-leading Tri-City Americans, which have played one less game than the Blue and Orange.
The Vancouver Giants, who sit second in the B.C. Division with 46 points, will meet the Blazers in a home-and-home series after the break.
Vancouver welcomes Kamloops to the Pacific Coliseum on Dec. 27 and the Blazers host the Giants at Interior Savings Centre on Dec. 28.