If you're expecting a late-season surge from the Kamloops Blazers to make a miraculous run at the playoffs, last night was not encouraging.
In their third-straight game against the Vancouver Giants, the Blazers couldn't get anything going offensively, getting shut out at home 5-0.
Over the weekend, the Blazers showed fight against the B.C. Division champion Giants, losing 5-4 in regulation and 5-4 in overtime. Last night followed part of that script, with Jadon Joseph's two goals helping Vancouver reach the five-goal mark again. But Kamloops didn't have any fire up front, mustering just 16 shots on goal and going zero for five on the powerplay.
The news only got worse for Blazers fans, as Dylan Ferguson left the game in the second with an injury. Though he only allowed the first goal, Ferguson was saddled with his 29th loss on the season. Dylan Garand stopped 17 of 21 shots in relief.
Davis Koch, Justin Sourdif and Bowen Byram had the other goals for the Giants while Milos Roman had three assists.
Disappointing result tonight. Serge Lajoie postgame. WATCH 🎥 pic.twitter.com/UWwgBykqaZ— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) March 7, 2019
The reality of the Blazers season is now this: if the team can regroup and beat Kelowna twice in regulation this weekend, they might still have a shot at sneaking into the postseason. Trailing the Rockets by seven points with six games remaining, anything less than a sweep of that home-and-home means it's golf season.
The final gasp starts on Friday night at the Sandman Centre at 7 p.m.