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Kamloops Blazers beat Victoria Royals for sixth straight win

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Connor Zary drives on Noah Lamb during the playoffs last spring. (via Eric Thompson)

Inaki Baragano scored the game-winner midway through the third period, lifting the Kamloops Blazers to their sixth straight victory and a little revenge over the Victoria Royals last night (Oct. 25).

Ryan Hughes had two points in Kamloops 2-1 win on the island, assisting on Baragano's winner and scoring one of his own on the power play in the second to tie the game.

Other Blazers point getters included Zane Franklin, Josh Pillar and Connor Zary, who still holds the WHL scoring lead with 21 points on the season.

River Fahey gave Victoria a first period lead, but their offence was stymied from there, despite three power play chances.

Dylan Garand was strong in net, turning away 29 of 30 shots for his eighth win of the year.

Brock Gould allowed two goals on 27 shots in the loss.

The Royals knocked the Blazers out of the WHL Playoffs last season. With 14 players still remaining from that squad, Kamloops was able to take the first of eight meetings between the clubs this year.

The game also marked Cory Clouston's debut behind the Blazers bench, who is helping his brother Shaun as an interim assistant coach while Darryl Sydor is on a leave of absence. 

The Blazers have been on a tear since dropping their first three games of the season, going 9-1 in their last 10. They lead the BC Division by three points over the Kelowna Rockets.

Kamloops and Victoria will go right back at it tonight with another game at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m.


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