Kamloops Blazers post third straight come-from-behind victory

Kyrell Sopotyk, 17, capped the best night of his young WHL career by setting up 16-year-old forward Josh Pillar on the game-winning goal at 10:34 of the third period

The Kamloops Blazers recovered from a two-goal deficit to edge the Victoria Royals 3-2 in WHL action at Sandman Centre on Wednesday.

D-Jay Jerome and Phillip Schultz scored first-period goals for the Royals, beating 16-year-old Kamloops netminder Dylan Garand, who started his third straight game, with No. 1 goalie Dylan Ferguson still recovering from an upper-body injury.

Kyrell Sopotyk cut the Royals’ lead in half at 7:07 the second period, going five-hole on a half break to beat Victoria backstop Brock Gould.

Blazers’ 20-year-old captain Jermaine Loewen accepted a deft pass from Luke Zazula before tying the game with a power-play marker at 12:49 of the second period.

Loewen has goals in three straight games

Sopotyk, 17, capped the best night of his young WHL career by setting up 16-year-old forward Josh Pillar on the game-winning goal at 10:34 of the third period.

Garand stropped 19 shots to snare his third consecutive victory and improve his record to 5-1.

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The triumph marked the Blazers' third straight come-from-behind victory, as they trailed Saskatoon 2-0 last Friday and Seattle 1-0 last Saturday, but won 3-2 and 6-3, respectively.

Kamloops (12-11-1-1), 3-0 since trading away veterans Nolan Kneen and Luc Smith last Monday, will begin a six-game tour of the Central Division on Saturday against the Oil Kings (15-11-3-2) in Edmonton.

Ferguson is likely to be ready for action this weekend.

Victoria (13-11) will play the Rockets in Kelowna on Friday.

B.C. Division standings: Vancouver (20-6-2, 42 points), Kelowna (13-15-2, 28 points), Victoria (26 points), Kamloops (26 points) and Prince George (11-14-1-2, 25 points).

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