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Kamloops Blazers win over Kelowna sets up monumental rematch tonight

Zary Jan 19
Connor Zary scored in the shootout to help the Kamloops Blazers beat the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 last night. (via Eric Thompson)

It's wasn't much, but it was better than the alternative.

The Kamloops Blazers gained a single point on the Kelowna Rockets last night, winning 2-1 in a shootout at the Sandman Centre.

The victory closed the gap for the final playoff spot to a still-massive six points, but considering a loss would've all but eliminated Kamloops, they'll take what they can get.

Orrin Centazzo and Connor Zary beat Roman Basran in the shootout, while Dylan Garand stopped both Kelowna attempts. Garand also turned away 26 of 27 shots on the night, filling in for the injured Dylan Ferguson. 

Martin Lang scored the Blazers only goal in regulation with assists going to Brodi Stuart and Quinn Schmiemann. But offensively, Kamloops' power play woes continued, going 0 for 4 with the man advantage. They've found the back of the net just four times over their last 30 power plays.

Meanwhile, the Rockets scored their only goal up a man, as Nolan Foote potted his 34th of the season from Kyle Topping and Kaedan Korczak. 

Every game until the end of the year will be a "must-win" for Kamloops, but tonight's is somehow even more so.

Not only do the Blazers need to gain ground on the Rockets fast, but their final meeting of the season will also determine who gets the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two teams (should they finish with the same number of wins).

Currently this year, Kamloops has collected 11 points to Kelowna's 10 in games against each other. 

With everything on the line, Blazers fans may want to make the trip to Prospera Place tonight. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. 


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