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Horrible start sinks Blazers in Seattle

Right back at it Saturday in Spokane
By Gregg Drinnan
October 16, 2015 10:36 P.M.
Former Blazers star Cole Ully scored in an AHL game on Friday night. (Photo: @TexasStars)

The Seattle Thunderbirds managed only three shots on goal in the first 14:11 of a WHL game against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Blazers, each of the shots ended up in the back of their net and, just like that, the Thunderbirds were well on their way to a 7-2 victory in Kent, Wash.
The Blazers went into the game looking for a second straight victory after they had opened the season with six straight losses. Instead, they were soundly beaten, went through both their goaltenders and saw their record fall to 1-7-0.
The Blazers committed two early first-period turnovers and each time the Thunderbirds (4-1-1) took advantage, with Keegan Kolesar scoring at 1:11 and Nolan Volcan making it 2-0 at 4:24. Kamloops head coach Don Hay used his timeout at that point, but perhaps the message was lost.
Forward Matthew Wedman beat goaltender Connor Ingram with a backhand shot off a breakaway at 14:11 and the Thunderbirds had a 3-0 lead on three shots.
The Thunderbirds struck four more times in the second period, with Alexander True, Kamloops native Ryan Gropp, Kolesar and Scott Eansor finding the range.
Hay pulled Ingram at 11:04 of the second period, which was the media timeout, after he had given up five goals on 15 shots. Dylan Ferguson came on in relief and stopped seven of nine shots.
Seattle goaltender Tax Burman turned aside 22 shots.
The Blazers got their goals from forwards Collin Shirley, at 1:53 of the third period, and Gage Quinney, shorthanded at 14:27.
Quinney, acquired by the Blazers on Wednesday from the Kelowna Rockets, started the game between Jake Kryski and Ryan Pilon. Meanwhile, defenceman Dallas Valentine, who came over in a trade with the Moose Jaw Warriors, was paired with sophomore Patrik Maier.
The Blazers will visit the Spokane Chiefs (3-4-1) tonight. The Chiefs won’t be in good humour after blowing a 4-2 third-period lead and losing 7-4 to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night. Forward Luke Harrison, who was claimed by the Chiefs from the Blazers on 20-year-old waivers on Wednesday, had one of Spokane’s goals. He had been pointless in four games with the Blazers.
Kamloops will return home to play the Victoria Royals (7-2-0) on Wednesday. The Royals lost 3-1 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels, who had dropped a 3-1 decision in Kamloops on Tuesday.
Victoria and Kamloops already have met three times this season, with the Royals winning all three.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 3,490. . . . The Blazers scratched F Deven Sideroff (ill), D Conner McDonald (undisclosed), F Jesse Zaharichuk, D Cam Reagan and F Matt Campese. . . . According to the Twitter account @TBirdTidbits, this was the 123rd time Kamloops has visited Seattle and this was the 12th time the Thunderbirds scored at least seven goals. . . . F Cole Ully, who starred with the Blazers last season, scored his first professional goal last night to help the AHL’s Texas Stars to a 7-3 victory over the host Chicago Wolves. He also added an assist in what was his first game of the regular-season. Ully had one assist in two games in a late-season look-see with the Stars last spring.
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