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Blazers show spunk in Spokane

Quinney leads way with three points
By Gregg Drinnan
October 17, 2015 9:36 P.M.

The Kamloops Blazers haven’t received many breaks this season, but they took advantage of one on Saturday night.
Trailing the host Spokane Chiefs 1-0 in the second period, the video replay official signalled for a stoppage in play, reviewed what he thought might have been a goal and, indeed, awarded one to Blazers forward Jesse Zaharichuk. That was at 6:03 of the second period.
Forward Garrett Pilon scored again at 12:07 to give the Blazers the lead and they went on to a 5-1 victory over the Chiefs.
The Blazers, now 2-7-0, had been beaten 7-2 by the Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent, Wash., on Friday night. At the same

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time, the Chiefs (3-5-1), who now have lost five straight, coughed up a 4-2 third period lead and lost 7-4 to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.
This was an important victory for the Blazers because the Chiefs went into the game five points ahead of them in the Western Conference. If the Blazers are to get into the playoffs, they will have to focus on catching one team at a time.
Pilon’s goal allowed the Blazers to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Gage Quinney, the veteran forward acquired from the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday, made it two goals in as many games as he gave the Blazers a 3-1 edge at 4:45. Quinney, who also had two assists, began the night on a line with Matt Needham and Matt Revel.
Kamloops’ Collin Shirley, another veteran forward, stretched it to 4-1 at 10:12, and Revel closed out the scoring at 19:45.
Goaltender Connor Ingram, who didn’t finish Friday’s game, stopped 19 shots for the victory. Spokane starter Tyson Verhelst surrendered four goals on 25 shots before being lifted with 6:20 to play. Matt Berlin made his WHL debut, giving up a goal on two shots.
Kamloops head coach Don Hay now has 639 WHL coaching victories, No. 2 on the all-time list. Spokane head coach Don Nachbaur is No. 3, with 635.
The Blazers next play on Wednesday when the entertain the Victoria Royals. Despite the earliness of the season, this will be fourth time these teams have clashed, with the Royals winning the first three.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 6,914. . . . F Markson Bechtold had Spokane’s lone goal, at 4:17 of the first period. . . . Referees Tyler Adair and Chris Chrich handed out two minor penalties, one to each team. . . . Neither team scored on its lone power-play opportunity. . . . Pilon’s goal was his first point since the season’s opening weekend when he had five points in two losses to the Kelowna Rockets. . . . D Conner McDonald, 16, who was a second-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, was in the Blazers’ lineup for the first time. He had been out since being injured early in training camp. . . . The Blazers scratched F Chasetan Braid, D Nolan Kneen, D Patrik Maier and F Deven Sideroff (ill).
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