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Blazers blanked by Herringer, Rockets

Exhibition rematch up next in Kamloops
September 9, 2016 10:08 P.M.

The Kamloops Blazers weren’t able to solve Michael Herringer on Friday night.
Herringer turned aside 23 shots in leading the host Kelowna Rockets to a 1-0 victory over the Blazers at Prospera Place.
The Rockets (2-1-0) and Blazers (1-2-0) meet again tonight (Saturday) in Kamloops. Game time at the Sandman Centre is 7 o’clock.
Herringer, a 20-year-old from Comox, is likely to open the regular season as the Rockets’ starting goaltender. He took over that role last season when Jackson Whistle, then the starter, had his season ended by hip-related problems that required surgery. Herringer went 26-12-2, 3.18, .900 in the regular season and followed that up with 8-9-1, 2.44, .928 in a playoff run that included a seven-game first-round series victory over the Blazers.
Last night, the game’s lone goal came at 4:09 of the third period when third-year forward Dillon Dube took a pass from former Blazers winger Jake Kryski and put a shot over Kamloops goaltender Dylan Ferguson and into the net.
Ferguson more than matched Herringer, as he blocked 39 of the 40 shots he faced, including 27 through two periods.
Ferguson, who will turn 18 on Sept. 20, went the distance. The Lantzville native backed up starter Connor Ingram last season and is likely to fill that role again this season.
Goaltender Carter Phair, who was acquired this week from the Edmonton Oil Kings, backed up Ferguson last night.
Dube was a second-round selection by the Calgary Flames in the NHL’s 2016 draft. From Calgary, Dube will join the Flames’ team at the YoungStars Classic in Penticton next weekend, then return to for a third season with the Rockets.
JUST NOTES: The Blazers were 0-for-3 on the power play; the Rockets were 0-2. . . . The Blazers will conclude their five-game exhibition schedule on Friday against the host Prince George Cougars, who concluded a nine-day road swing in Kennewick, Wash., on Friday. The Cougars are 2-3-0 after yesterday’s 3-1 loss to the Portland Winterhawks (4-0-1). . . . The Blazers open the regular season with a home-and-home set against the Rockets; they will play here on Sept. 23 and in Kelowna on Sept. 24. . . .
F Connor Brown-Maloski, 20, who is from Kamloops, has been named captain of the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters. He played one season (2013-14) with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, and now is into his third season with the Smokies. . . .
F Spencer Asuchak of Kamloops has signed for a fourth season with the ECHL’s Allen Americans. Asuchak had 13 points, including six goals, in 23 playoff games last spring as the Americans won their fourth straight championship. Asuchak, who also has a PTO lined up with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, has been a part of the last three of those. “Allen has become a second home for me,” Asuchak said in a news release.“Being a part of three straight championship teams myself, as well as the team going after a fifth straight title, I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else.”
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