Blazers avoid third straight loss
The Kamloops Blazers avoided losing three straight games for the first time this season with a 6-3 win over the Victoria Royals on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Interior Savings Centre.
With the win, Kamloops leapfrogged Portland and reclaimed its spot atop the WHL standings with 88 points.
Blazer bench boss Guy Charron decided to tinker with his lines on Wednesday and it did not appear to hurt the home team.
There were times when it was clear the new pairings were not in sync but, as the game progressed, the chemistry improved.
Tim Bozon, playing with new linemates Brandon Herrod and Dylan Willick, finished the game with two goals and an assist.
Willick scored a pair of his own, as did Bronson Maschmeyer, who now has 12 goals on the season, a career high.
Scoring goals for the Royals were Austin Carroll, Logan Nelson and Jamie Crooks.
Kamloops and Vancouver will play a home-and-home series this weekend.
The Blazers are in Vancouver on Friday, with the back half of the two-game set scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday at ISC.