The Kamloops Blazers outshot the Victoria Royals on Saturday night, but came away on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision before 3,325 fans at Sandman Centre.
The loss was Kamloops’ fifth in a row after the Blazers started the season with two straight wins over Kelowna.
Connor Zary opened the scoring less than two minutes into the second period to give Kamloops a 1-0 lead, but Victoria’s Kaid Oliver tied the contest four minutes later with a power-play goal. The Royals secured the win with Dante Hannoun’s goal nine minutes into the third period.
Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse was named first star of the game as he stopped 26 of 27 shots. Dylan Garand turned aside 20 of 22 shots in the Kamloops net.
The win boosted Victoria’s record to 6-0, leaving the Royals as the lone undefeated club in the 22-team Western Hockey League. Prince Albert suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, a 4-3 setback to Red Deer. The Raiders are now 7-1.
The loss dropped the Blazers to 2-5 on the season, for four points.
Victoria sits atop the B.C. Division with 12 points. Vancouver also has 12 points (but has played one more game), followed by Prince George (five points), Kamloops (four points) and Kelowna (two points).
Kamloops will be in Vancouver and Everett next weekend. The next home game is Friday, Oct. 19, against Swift Current. The game will feature Mark Recchi Hockey Hall of Fame Night, with all fans receiving a replica banner and special edition #8 jerseys worn by the Blazers during warm-up and auctioned off later.