The Kamloops Blazers surrendered a pair of third period goals, eventually falling to the Vancouver Giants 3-1 last night at the Sandman Centre.
It was the Blazers second loss at home to the Giants in the last 10 days, also dropping a 3-2 OT decision on Jan. 30. They have yet to beat Vancouver in five tries this season.
Vancouver led 1-0 after one when Lukas Svejkovsky pounced on a loose puck that teammate Tristen Nielsen couldn't tuck past Dylan Ferguson.
The Blazers came back in the second, when Connor Zary walked in from the point on a power play and beat Trent Miner for his 13th on the year. Quinn Schmiemann and Kyrell Sopotyk had the assists.
But in the final frame, penalties would hurt the Blazers. Just two seconds after Martin Lang stepped out of the box for a tripping penalty, Tristen Nielsen scored his first of the game on a feed from behind the net from Jadon Joseph. Lukas Svejkovsky also got an assist.
Vancouver would add some insurance two minutes later on a nearly identical goal. The Blazers were shorthanded, Nielsen was alone out front and Joseph found him, with Svejkovsky collecting the other assist.
Coach Serge Lajoie after a 3-1 loss at home to Vancouver.— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) February 9, 2019
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While the result was disappointing, the Blazers still have a chance to make big gains in the playoff race tonight, when they host the Kelowna Rockets.
Kelowna is four points ahead of Kamloops for third in the B.C. Division, but the Blazers have a pair of games in hand.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m.