Blazers edge Rockets in the Okanagan to keep playoff hopes alive

Kamloops is four points behind Kelowna for the final playoff spot in the B.C. Division. The Blazers have four games left in the regular season, while the Rockets have three games remaining

The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Kelowna Rockets in the Lake City on Saturday night to pull within four points of the team they are chasing for a playoff spot.

Kyrell Sopotyk and Jermaine Loewen scored for Kamloops and Dylan Garand saved 27 shots to record the win in net.

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Coupled with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Rockets in Kamloops on Friday night, the Blazers’ winning weekend has them at 57 points on the season, four points back of Kelowna.

Kelowna sits in third place in the B.C. Division, which is a playoff spot. The two Western Conference wild card playoff slots will go to Tri City and Seattle.

Kamloops has four games remaining in the regular season — home to Spokane on Tuesday and home to Victoria on Wednesday. The Blazers will finish the regular season with a home-and-home series against Prince George next weekend, Friday, March 15, at Sandman Centre and Saturday, March 16, on the road.

Kelowna has three games left — at home to Spokane, followed by a home-and-home matchup against Vancouver.

The third-place team in the B.C. Division — which will be either Kelowna or Kamloops — will play Victoria in the first round of the playoffs, with the Royals having home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series.

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