The Kamloops Blazers have made 24 trips into the WHL’s East Division on which they have played at least five games.
Never had they come home with five victories.
That all changed Saturday night when the Blazers closed out a six-game jaunt with a 3-0 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. That left Kamloops with a 5-1-0 record on the trip.
The Blazers actually swept Saskatchewan, going 5-0-0 there, and lost their only game of the trip in Brandon where they
dropped a 4-3 decision to the Wheat Kings on Wednesday.
On three previous occasions, the Blazers had come home from this trip with four victories. In 1999-2000, they won four times, lost one and played to one tie. In 1995-96, they were 4-1-0. In 1994-95, they also played five games, winning four and tying the other.
Last night, the Blazers got another solid performance from goaltender Connor Ingram, who is from Imperial, Sask., and helped the midget AAA Prince Albert Mintos to a national championship in 2013-14, winning the title in Moose Jaw. Ingram posted his first shutout of the season — he has four in his career — with 34 saves as he ran his record to 5-0-0 on the trip. For the season, he now is 15-7-4. He has appeared in 28 of the Blazers’ 32 games to this point.
Kamloops took control of this one with two goals late in the second period. Left-winger Jake Kryski scored his fifth goal, at 16:12, and defenceman Ryan Rehill got his fourth at 19:10.
Kryski put it away with his second goal of the game, into an empty net, at 18:00 of the third period.
There was a lengthy delay with 7:01 left in the first period after a pane of glass in front of a suite located behind the Blazers’ net was broken. The teams were sent to their dressing rooms and the second intermission was held while the glass was cleaned up and repaired. When all was fixed, the teams finished first period, took a two-minute break, switched ends and began the second period.
The Blazers now will take a few days off for Christmas. They will skate in Kamloops on Dec. 26 in preparation for a game the next night against the visiting Kelowna Rockets. The teams will meet in Kelowna on Dec. 28.
The Blazers (17-11-4) now are 17-5-4 since starting the season with six straight losses. They remain tied with the Spokane Chiefs (17-13-4) for sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Broncos (10-20-4) go into the break having lost four straight games. They are 11th in the 12-team Eastern Conference.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 1,815. . . . Swift Current G Landon Bow stopped 28 shots. . . . The Broncos were 0-for-2 on the power play; the Blazers were 0-for-1. . . . The Blazers scratched D Cam Reagan, F Erik Miller and D Patrik Maier, who is with the Slovakian national junior team.
Randy Boscher says:
December 21, 2015 11:07am
Connor Ingram backstopped the Prince Albert Mintos to a Telus Cup victory, not Moose Jaw.
Merry Christmas to you and Dorothy. All the best.