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Seminoff racks up eight points, Blazers dismantle Royals

It got ugly on Wednesday at Sandman Centre.
Matthew Seminoff tallied eight points in an 11-1 drubbing of the Victoria Royals on Wednesday at Sandman Centre.

Matthew Seminoff recorded a whopping eight points for his Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday at Sandman Centre, where the Victoria Royals were pummelled 11-1 in a WHL contest that turned ugly.

Seminoff had four goals and four helpers, Caedan Bankier racked up three goals and six points and Emmitt Finnie, Ryan Michael, Ryan Hofer and Harrison Brunicke added singles for Kamloops, which outshot Victoria 48-20.

Royals’ forward Carter Dereniwsky broke Dylan Ernst’s shutout bid at 19:35 of the third period. Ernst stopped 19 shots to pick up his 37th win of the season.

Braden Holt started between the pipes for Victoria and allowed eight goals on 35 shots before he was pulled in the second period and replaced by Nicholas Cristiano, who stopped 10 of 13 shots that came his way.

Kamloops (44-11-4-2) will play host to Kelowna (26-35-3-0) on Friday, a 7 p.m. start at Sandman Centre.

The Blazers are second in Western Conference standings and sit nine points behind the Seattle Thunderbirds (50-9-1-2).

Kelowna is eighth in Western Conference standings and three points behind the seventh-place Vancouver Giants (25-29-5-3).

No. 2-seed Kamloops would square off against No. 7 Vancouver in Round 1 of the playoffs if the season ended today (March 16).