The Kamloops Blazers are at the top of the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference, tied with Everett with 16 points.
Kamloops swept a pair of weekend home games against B.C. Division opponents, defeating Kelowna 2-1 on Saturday and blanking Vancouver 6-0 on Friday.
Against Kelowna, the Blazers were paced by goals from Zane Franklin and Max Martin as they outshot the Rockets 39-26. Kelowna’s Kyle Topping scored with less than five minutes left in the third period to end Dylan Garand’s bid for second consecutive shutout. Announced attendance was 4,157.
Against Vancouver before an announced crowd of 3,823, Franklin had a hat trick and Garand stopped all 23 shots he faced.
Entering WHL play on Sunday, Connor Zary leads the league in scoring, with 20 points, while Franklin is third with 17 points. Garand leads the league in wins (seven) and is fourth in save percentage (.930).
The Blazers will play five straight road games — beginning with two next weekend in Victoria — and won’t return home until Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Medicine Hat Tigers visit Sandman Centre for a 7 p.m. game.