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November 16, 2015 12:30 P.M.

The Kamloops Blazers’ 9-1 rout of the visiting Prince George Cougars on Sunday night may prove to have been a costly one.
Three veteran players — left-winger Jake Kryski, centre Matt Needham and defenceman Dallas Valentine — suffered injuries and at least two of them won’t be available for three home games this week.
Needham, the team captain, left Sunday's game in the first period and is listed by the Blazers as being out day-to-day. Needham, 20, has 14 points, including five goals, in 18 games.
Kryski, a 17-year-old sophomore from Vancouver, was injured in the second period. He is listed as being out week-to-week. Kryski has 14 points, four of them goals, in 18 games.
Valentine, 19, was acquired from the Moose Jaw Warriors on Oct. 15. According to the Blazers, he will be out up to 10 days. A solid defender, he’s got six points, including a goal, in 17 games.
All three have undisclosed injuries.
Without Kryski and Needham available late in Sunday’s game, Kamloops head coach Don Hay got through the third period by using defencemen Dawson Davidson and Patrik Maier up front at times.
The Blazers scratched freshman forwards Spencer Bast and Erik Miller from Sunday’s game. With the injuries, both almost certainly will be back in the lineup for the club’s next game. As well, defencemen Cam Reagan and Conner MacDonald sat out Sunday.
The Blazers (9-8-1) have points in seven straight games (6-0-1). They are scheduled to finish this week by playing three home games in four nights. The Kelowna Rockets (14-5-1) are to play here on Wednesday night, followed by the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday and the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday.
The Rockets are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and are tied for the Western Conference lead with the Victoria Royals (14-7-1).

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