Tim Traber of the Victoria Royals tries to jam the puck past Kamloops Blazers’ netminder Cole Cheveldave with Blazer blue-liner Josh Connolly defending on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in the provincial capital.
Blazers have successful road trip
By Marty Hastings - Kamloops This Week
Published: October 01, 2012 9:00 AM
Updated: October 01, 2012 3:46 PM
The Kamloops Blazers came away with three of a possible four points on a weekend trip to Vancouver Island.
Kamloops rode Cole Cheveldave to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Victoria Royals on Sunday, Sept. 30, two days after falling 4-3 in a shootout in the front end of the two-game set.
Cheveldave, who suffered a suspected knee injury against Kelowna in the Blazers’ home opener on Sept. 21, returned to the lineup on Sunday, making 22 saves in his fifth career WHL shutout.
Taran Kozun got the start on Friday and played well under fire, stopping 34 of the pucks that came his way.
He did, however, make one puck-handling error, which led to a Victoria goal.
In 148 minutes of play this season, Kozun has posted a 2-0-0-1 record, a 2.84 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
Scoring for Kamloops on the weekend were Rob Trzonkowski, Colin Smith, Cole Ully (3) and Marek Hrbas.
Ully scored twice in the loss on Friday, while Hrbas notched the tying goal in that game with less than five minutes to play in the third period.
Kamloops and Prince George sit tied atop the B.C. Division with seven points after four games.
Victoria holds second spot with six points, while Kelowna, with three points, and Vancouver, with two points, are fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Blazers are hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday, Oct. 5, and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Puck-drop at Interior Savings Centre is scheduled for 7 p.m. both nights.