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Loewen gets winner in intrasquad game

Balcers, Campese, Rizzo combine for six points
August 30, 2016 9:58 P.M.

Team Blue opened the scoring 19 seconds into the first period and later scored the game’s last two goals as it skated to a 4-3 victory over Team White in the Kamloops Blazers’ annual intrasquad game on Tuesday night at the Sandman Centre.
Two veterans — G Connor Ingram and D Dallas Valentine — were given the night off.
Latvian F Rudolfs Balcers, F Spencer Bast, F Matt Campese and F Jermaine Loewen scored for the winners, with Team White getting goals from F Quinn Benjafield, F Erik Miller and F Deven Sideroff.
Balzers scored 19 seconds into the first period, only to have Benjafield tie it.
Bast gave Team Blue a 2-1 lead going into the second period, where Miller tied it and Sideroff gave Team White a 3-2 lead at 17:09.
However, Campese tied it just 17 seconds later and Loewen, who also had an assist, got the winner at 5:48 of the third period.
The Blue line of F Massimo Rizzo between Balcers and Campese combined for six points. Balzers and Campese each added an assist to their goals, while Rizzo had two assists.
Dane Dow started in goal for Team Blue and stopped 19 of 21 shots. Dylan Ferguson came on in the second period to stop 16 of 17 and earn the victory.
Max Palaga made 14 stops on 16 shots for Team White, with reliever Nathan Moore stopping 12 of 14.
After the third period, the teams played a five-minute 3-on-3 overtime period, with Loewen scoring the lone goal.
The teams then staged a shootout, with each team using five skaters. Rizzo, Campese and Matt Revel scored for Team Blue, while F Nick Chyzowski counted for Team White.
The Blazers were expected to release a number of players after the game as they reduced what had been a 45-man roster. They will announce the roster with which they will open the exhibition season later today (Wednesday).
The Blazers are set to open their five-game exhibition schedule with a pair of home games. The Victoria Royals are to visit on Friday, at 7 p.m., with the Kelowna Rockets in town on Sunday, at 5 p.m.
The Blazers will play in Kelowna on Sept. 9, with the Rockets back in Kamloops on Sept. 10. The Blazers conclude their exhibition schedule on Sept. 16 against the host Prince George Cougars.
The Blazers will open the regular-season by going home-and-home with the Rockets — they’ll play in Kamloops on Sept. 23 and in Kelowna on Sept. 24.
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