The Kamloops Blazers will return home next Friday (Oct. 19), aiming to end a seven-game losing streak when the Swift Current Broncos visit Sandman Centre for a 7 p.m. faceoff.
The Blazers were swept in a pair of weekend road games, dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to the Vancouver Giants before falling 7-2 to the Everett Giants.
Kamloops started last season 0-9 and missed the playoffs. The club is 2-6-1 after nine games to start this season.
In Langley against the Giants on Friday night, the Blazers had a 3-1 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the third period. Vancouver then scored twice, with the tying marker coming with 11 seconds left on the clock.
Overtime was scoreless and Vancouver prevailed in a marathon, 13-round shootout, with Giant Kaleb Bulych beating Blazers’ netminder Dylan Garand, who stopped 28 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime. Vancouver goaltender David Tendeck turned aside 27 of 30 shots.
Scoring for Kamloops were Luc Smith, with two goals, and Zane Franklin, who also chipped in an assist.
In Everett on Saturday night, the Silvertips jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two periods and scored five power-play goals en route to a 7-2 victory. Joonas Siilanpaa scored his first goal as a Blazer, while Martin Lang also found the twine.
The Silvertips dominated play, outshooting the Blazers 57-20.
Garand and Dylan Ferguson shared crease time for Kamloops, with Ferguson stopping 35 of 40 shots and Garand making 15 saves on 17 shots. Everett goaltender Dustin Wolfe was decidedly less busy, facing only 20 shots and turning aside 18 of them.
Kamloops racked up 72 penalty minutes, while Everett amassed only nine.
The Blazers remain fourth in the five-team B.C. Division with five points, one point up on Kelowna and two points behind Prince George. Vancouver (15 points) and Victoria (14 points) are atop the division.
OVERTIME — Attendance in Everett was 4,521. In Langley, the Giants/Blazers game drew 3,066 . . . The next home game is Friday, Oct. 19, against Swift Current. The game will feature Mark Recchi Hockey Hall of Fame Night, with all fans receiving a replica banner and special edition #8 jerseys worn by the Blazers during warm-up and auctioned off later.