The Kamloops Blazers rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, before Bowen Byram snuck a puck under Dylan Ferguson to give the Vancouver Giants a 3-2 win Wednesday night (Jan. 30).
For two periods, it looked like neither team would ever score. Both sides were tight defensively, and when a chance was there, Trent Miner of Ferguson shut the door.
But early in third, the Giants broke through, after Jared Dmytriw threw a backhand on net and after Ferguson made the initial save, the puck was right there for Lukas Svejkovsky to tap home. Davis Koch would add another to double Vancouver's lead with just over 11 minutes left.
But Kamloops would battle back, with Zane Franklin tallying his team-high 24th goal of the year just after a Blazers power play ended. Then, a minute and a half later, Orrin Centazzo would score on another Kamloops power play opportunity to even the game.
Serge Lajoie on the third period comeback to earn a single point vs Vancouver. WATCH: 🎥 pic.twitter.com/DHAtUnIfwQ— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) January 31, 2019
Ferguson turned away 18 of 21 shots while Miner stopped 29 of 31 for Vancouver.
The Blazers were banged up heading into this game, with Quinn Schmiemann and Ryley Appelt sidelined. Then, Kamloops lost Jeff Faith near the end of the second period after he got a game misconduct for kneeing. Kamloops had a total of 34 penalty minutes on the night.
The single point helps Kamloops keep pace in a tight race for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, where they trail the Seattle Thunderbirds by two points. The Blazers are also three points behind Kelowna for third in the B.C. Division with a game in hand.
Kamloops is back in action on Friday (Feb. 1), hosting the last-place Prince George Cougars. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.