The Kamloops Blazers remained undefeated in this pandemic-truncated season with a 6-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Thursday night (April 1) at Sandman Centre.
The Blazers were originally scheduled to face the Victoria Royals in Kelowna, but that game was postponed to Sunday as part of a slew of schedule changes that resulted from a number of positive COVID-19 tests among the Kelowna Rockets, with that club’s activities on hold until at least April 14.
Against Prince George, the Blazers were led by Matthew Seminoff’s two goals, while Tye Spencer, Caedan Bankier, Connor Zary and Mats Lindgren also scored.
For 16-year-olds Spencer and Lindgren, the goals were their first in the Western Hockey League.
Bankier added two assists, as did Orrin Centazzo.
Dylan Garand secured the win in net, turning aside 25 of 26 shots he faced.
Prince George’s lone goal, scored by Jack Sander, came during a play in which Garand mishandled the play.
Kamloops’ domination was evident in shots on goal — 42 to 26 — with Cougars’ netminder Tayler Gauthier the busier crease occupant on the night.
Kamloops remains the lone undefeated team in the B.C. Division and Western Conference, with a record of 3-0. Vancouver is 2-1, Kelowna is 1-1, Prince George is 1-2 and Victoria is 0-3.
The Blazers are scheduled to play Vancouver in Kamloops on Saturday a 7 p.m.
All Kamloops games can be heard on Radio NL (650 AM), while streaming options for viewing can be found at whl.ca.
Due to the pandemic, the WHL is playing a truncated season, with teams in B.C. playing one another only, as are teams in the U.S. and teams on the Prairies (Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba).
There has been no word on whether the 24-game season will be followed by playoffs.
Kelowna and Victoria are based in Kelowna, while Kamloops is home to the Blazers, the Prince George Cougars and the Vancouver Giants. All games are being played in Kamloops and Kelowna.