Baragano nets late winner for Kamloops Blazers against Victoria Royals

Kamloops Blazers’ defenceman Inaki Baragano notched the game-winning goal in a 4-3 victory over the Victoria Royals on Sunday in Kelowna.

The 19-year-old Swiss import tallied at 16:04 of the third period, with assists going to Connor Zary and Orrin Centazzo.

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Zary, who had four assists on Sunday, leads the Blazers in scoring with 14 points in seven games.

Caedan Bankier opened the scoring for Kamloops 46 seconds into the second period.

Alex Bolshakov answered for the Royals less than 30 seconds later and the game was tied at 1-1 heading into the second intermission.

Logan Stankoven restored the Blazers lead at 3:45 of the third period, with his seventh goal in six games.

Stankoven, third in team scoring with 10 points, has played his last WHL game of the season.

He will begin self-isolating on Monday prior to travelling south for the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championship, which will run from April 26 to May 6 near Dallas, Tex.

Bolshakov and Ty Yoder bagged goals before the halfway point of the third period to put Victoria up 3-2, but Josh Pillar scored for Kamloops at 13:16 to even the score and set the stage for Baragano’s winner.

Kamloops outshot Victoria 60-19.

Adam Evanoff stopped 56 shots between the pipes for the Royals in a losing effort.

Dylan Garand backstopped the Blazers, making 16 saves to snare his fifth win of the campaign.

B.C. Division standings: Kamloops (6-1), Vancouver (5-2), Prince George (2-2-1-1), Victoria (1-6-1-0) and Kelowna (1-1-0-0).

The Blazers and Cougars will square off on Wednesday, a 7 p.m. start at Sandman Centre.

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