Kamloops Blazers blank Vancouver Giants, post eighth straight victory

Dylan Garand posted a shutout for his Kamloops Blazers in a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants on Sunday in Langley.

The Blazers, who throttled the Tri-City Americans 9-0 on Saturday and 12-3 on Friday at Sandman Centre, have won eight straight games and sit atop the B.C. Division, 10 points ahead of the second-place Victoria Royals.

Tallying goals for Kamloops (30-11-2-1) on Sunday were Orrin Centazzo, Logan Stankoven, Libor Zabransky and Connor Zary.

Garand turned aside 21 shots in his first start since returning from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, held on Thursday in Hamilton.

The 17-year-old Victoria product is atop the league in wins among goaltenders, with 24.

David Tendeck made 36 saves for the Giants (19-19-2-2) in a losing effort.

Centazzo and Adam Beckman of the Spokane Chiefs are tied for first in goal scoring in the WHL, with 33 apiece.

Zane Franklin was held off the scoresheet on Saturday, but the 21-year-old Blazers’ captain leads the league in points (72) and assists (47).

Max Martin posted two assists on Saturday and is the top-scoring defenceman in the WHL, with 46 points, two more than Alex Cotton of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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The Blazers will travel to travel to Prince George next weekend for a pair of games against the Cougars.

B.C. Division standings: Kamloops (53 points), Victoria (53 points), Kelowna (45 points), Vancouver (42 points) and Prince George (31 points).

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