It wasn't easy, but the Kamloops Blazers got their first win at home in over a month, beating the Saskatoon Blades 3-2 in overtime on Friday night (Nov. 30).
Quinn Schmiemann rifled a wrister over the left shoulder of goaltender Nolan Meier a minute and a half into the extra frame, sending the Sandman Centre faithful into a frenzy. The win was the team's first in Kamloops since a 5-3 victory over Swift Current on Oct. 19.
The Blazers had to claw back from a two-goal just to force overtime, after Emil Malysjev and Max Gerlach were both able to beat Dylan Garand in the second period, putting Saskatoon up 2-0. Garand was starting in place of an injured Dylan Ferguson.
Jermain Loewen got one back in that period, tipping a Luke Zazula point shot past Meier.
Connor Zary got the game back to even in the third period, scoring on a breakaway sprung by Montana Onyebuchi.
Garand stopped 23 of 25 shots in the win, while Meier made 26 saves in the loss.
Newcomer Jeff Faith also made an impact in his first outing, getting into a fight in the first period with Brandon Schuldhaus. Faith and defenceman Jackson Caller were acquired by trade earlier in the week.
The Blazers will look to climb back to .500 tonight (Dec. 1) with a win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. It's also Teddy Bear Toss night at the Sandman Centre. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.