Blazers' offence clicks again in win over T-Birds; Kamloops atop B.C. Division

Medicine Hat Tigers come to town on Saturday for game against their old head coach, Shaun Clouston

Luke Zazula earned WHL highlight of the night honours and his Kamloops Blazers continued to score in bunches in a 7-4 victory over the hometown Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.

Kamloops (11-6), which will play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday, bested Seattle 7-4 and sits alone atop the B.C. Division with 22 points.

Connor Zary (2), Martin Lang, Ryley Appelt, Orrin Centazzo and Brodi Stuart also tallied for Kamloops, but Zazula’s marker was the prettiest of them all.

He made a spin move near the offensive blue line and dangled through a crowd before slipping the puck by T-Birds’ goaltender Roddy Ross, who stopped 30 shots in a losing effort.

Seattle dropped to 5-8-2-1.

Kamloops netminder Dylan Garand made 36 saves.

Blazers’ head coach Shaun Clouston will be squaring off against his old team on Saturday.

Read more here about his exodus from the Tigers.

Game time is 7 p.m. at Sandman Centre.

Medicine Hat is the highest-scoring team in the league, with 76 goals after 18 games. The Blazers lead the Western Conference in goals, with 64 after 17 games.

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Zary, who has 26 points in 17 games, is fourth in league scoring and one of four Blazers inside the top 20, along with Zane Franklin (T8, 23 points), Ryan Hughes (T17, 21 points) and Centazzo (T20th, 20 points).

 

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