Stankoven gets two more goals, Blazers edge Royals in overtime in Kamloops

The Kamloops Blazers knocked off the Victoria Royals 7-6 in overtime on Monday at Sandman Centre.

Orrin Centazzo notched the winner 49 seconds into the extra session, the power-play marker his 39th goal of the season.

“I thought we played hard, had lots of perseverance, were down and tied and down and tied way too many times, but give the guys credit,” Blazers’ head coach Shaun Clouston said.

“Each time we gave them one, we were able to get one back. We’ll take it.”

The Blazers (35-16-3-1) were up 6-5 with less than one minute remaining in the third period and aiming to finish off the visitors on the power play, icing four forwards and one defenceman with the man advantage.

Kaid Oliver tallied short-handed for undermanned Victoria (29-20-5-1) at 19:26 of the third period, collecting a puck that skipped past pinching Blazers’ defenceman Max Martin and beating goaltender Rayce Ramsay with a quick-release shot on a 2-on-1.

“There are two ways to look at that,” Clouston said of his late-game power play deployment. “We’ve got the lead, so you hang on to it, or we’ve got a power play and our power play is a real good power play, so let’s score a goal and finish it it off. The mindset was play it hard, play it normal, try and finish it off.”

Royals’ head coach Dan Price was beaming after the game.

“That’s as proud as I’ve ever been of a group,” Price said. “Half of our lineup was out and that’s no disrespect to Kamloops. Both teams deserved to win. Either one could have. Kamloops did a great job to get it done, but I’m just so proud of the guys.”

Logan Stankoven, who tallied four goals in a 5-3 win over visiting Victoria on Saturday, bagged two goals and four points on Monday.

The Tournament Capital product, who has 25 goals and 41 points in 51 games this season, is closing in on the franchise’s 16-year-old goal-scoring record.

Rob Brown notched 29 goals in 60 games for the Blazers in 1984-1985.

Stankoven’s grandmother, Geraldine Boyle of Campbell River, does not often get to see him play, but she made the trip to Kamloops for Family Day Weekend.

“Yeah, she should come to every game,” Blazers’ fan Katie Guerin said on twitter.

Added Stankoven: “It’s pretty special having her in the house.”

On Tuesday, KTW will have more on Stankoven’s productive weekend.

Kyrell Sopotyk (2), Quinn Schmiemann and Connor Zary also scored on Monday in support of Ramsay, who allowed six goals on 32 shots.

Phillip Schultz (2), Brandon Cutler, Ty Ettinger and Mitch Prowse lit the lamp for Victoria, which went with Adam Evanoff between the pipes.

Evanoff turned aside 33 shots in losing effort.

Clouston said Blazers’ No. 1 netminder Dylan Garand is doubtful to play against Calgary on Saturday, Feb. 22, but could possibly return in time for games against Prince George on Feb. 28 and Feb. 29.

The Blazers entered the weekend riding a five-game losing streak, but three straight victories, including a 5-3 triumph over Red Deer on Friday at Sandman Centre, have them atop the B.C. Division with a 10-point cushion.

B.C. Division standings: Kamloops (74 points), Victoria (64 points), Vancouver (63 points), Kelowna (52 points) and Prince George (39 points).

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