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Blazers escape Vancouver with shutout

Ingram perfect in Rehill's return
February 12, 2016 10:30 P.M.

The Kamloops Blazers put a huge dent in Vancouver’s WHL playoff hopes on Friday night, getting 34 saves from goaltender Connor Ingram as they skated to a dominant 5-0 victory over the host Giants at Pacific Coliseum.
The teams will complete the weekend doubleheader tonight (Saturday) at the Sandman Centre. Game time is 7 o’clock.
The Giants (21-29-6) went into the game eight points out of the 10-team Western Conference’s final playoff spot, which was held down by the Blazers (25-22-8) and Portland Winterhawks.
After last night — the Winterhawks beat the visiting Everett Silvertips, 3-2 — the Giants are 10 points back with 16 games remaining.
Defenceman Ryan Rehill, who had missed the previous seven games with an undisclosed injury, returned to the Blazers lineup and made his presence felt immediately with his seventh goal. His shot from the point through traffic beat Vancouver goaltender Ryan Kubic on a power play halfway through the first period.
The Blazers were 2-4-1 with Rehill on the shelf.
The Blazers went up 2-0 on forward Matt Revel’s 17th goal at 16:05 of the opening period.
Kamloops added two more goals in the second period, with centre Gage Quinney getting his 22nd goal at 9:30 and centre Garrett Pilon scoring his 13th at 15:20.
Winger Quinn Benjafield concluded the scoring with his sixth goal of the season at 2:41 of the third period.
Ingram, who is in his second season with the Blazers, had yet another strong outing as he recorded his third shutout of the season and the sixth of his career.
At the other end, starter Ryan Kubic was beaten five times on 29 shots, leaving in favour of Jake Morrissey after Benjafield’s goal. Morrissey stopped all five shots he faced.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 4,148. . . . The Blazers were 1-for-3 on the power play; the Giants were 0-for-5. . . . The Blazers scratched D Nolan Kneen (knee), F Erik Miller and F Matt Campese. . . . F Dawson Holt, who last played on Dec. 13, was back in Vancouver’s lineup. But the Giants still were without F Thomas Foster and F Tyler Benson, among others. . . . The Blazers are 2-2-0 in the season series; the Giants are 2-1-1. . . . After tonight, the Blazers next play on Wednesday when the Red Deer Rebels, the host team for the 2016 Memorial Cup, are scheduled to visit.
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