The Kamloops Blazers’ continued their stellar pre-season on Friday night with a 6-1 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets.
The win improved the Blazers’ exhibition record to 6-0, leaving Kamloops as one of only two clubs in the 22-team Western Hockey League to remain undefeated during the pre-season. Edmonton, at 4-0, is the other. Kamloops has scored more goals than any other team (38) and is among the leaders in goals against (11).
The Blazers and Rockets meet again on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Kelowna to conclude the pre-season.
Kamloops was once again led by Logan Stankoven, whose four points vaulted him to the top of the WHL scoring race. The talented forward and native of the Tournament Capital has 14 points. In fact, the Blazers occupy the top three spots in league pre-season scoring, with Stankoven followed by Zane Franklin and Orrin Centazzo, each with 11 points.
Against Kelowna, Stankoven had two goals and two assists, while Kamloops was also paced by goals from Inaki Baragano, Josh Pillar, Connor Zary and Franklin. Kobe Mohr had two assists and Dylan Garand secured the win in net, enjoying a relatively quiet night as he faced 14 shots, while his Kelowna counterpart, James Porter, faced 42 shots.
Sandman Centre had a crowd of 1,800 on hand to watch the game.
The Rockets, host of this season’s Memorial Cup tournament, are 2-3 in the pre-season, but they have been without six players, who have been at NHL training camps.
The Blazers will open the regular season at home on Friday, Sept. 20, against Spokane. Game time is 7 p.m. at Sandman Centre.