Silvertips hand Blazers third loss in row

Kamloops hurries home to face Edmonton today
February 6, 2016 12:22 A.M.

The Kamloops Blazers lost their third WHL game in four nights in the U.S. Division on Friday and, at the same time, they fell a spot in the Western Conference standings.
The host Everett Silvertips scored the game’s first three goals and went on to beat the Blazers 4-3 at Xfinity Arena, with the visitors scoring two late power-play goals to make it close.
The Blazers, now 1-6-1 in their past seven games, headed for home right after the game as they are scheduled to meet the Edmonton Oil Kings today at 5 p.m. The Oil Kings didn’t play last night.
The Blazers (23-21-8) now are tied with the Portland Winterhawks (26-24-2) for the 10-team conference’s second wild-card playoff spot. Portland, which beat the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 2-1 last night, hold the edge at the moment because of having more victories. Kamloops and Portland each has 20 games remaining in the regular season.
The Tri-City Americans (23-25-3), who have 21 games left, are only five points back after losing 5-4 in a shootout to the visiting Victoria Royals.
At Everett, the Silvertips took control with two goals in the first three minutes of the second period.
Forward Dario Winkler had given the home team a 1-0 lead with his fourth goal at 12:42 of the first period. Everett had six skaters on the ice at the time as a delayed penalty was being called against Kamloops.
Forwards Patrick Bajkov and Dawson Leedahl each scored his 12th goal, the former 49 seconds into the second period and the latter just 1:52 later.
Left-winger Jake Kryski got the Blazers on the board with his 12th goal, at 17:29.
Everett centre Matt Fonteyne, who also had two assists, restored the three-goal lead at 9:47, before right-winger Deven Sideroff scored twice for the Blazers, getting his 15th and 16th goals on power plays at 15:26 and 19:24.
Everett goaltender Carter Hart turned aside 27 shots to earn his WHL-leading 30th victory. Dylan Ferguson of the Blazers, who was making his ninth start of his freshman season, stopped 28 shots.
The Silvertips (31-16-4) lead the U.S. Division by seven points over the Thunderbirds.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 4,611. . . . The Blazers were 2-for-5 on the power play; the Silvertips were 0-for-2. . . . Everett now has won 11 straight games from Kamloops. . . . The Blazers scratched injured D Ryan Rehill for a fifth straight game. They also went without F Spencer Bast and F Jermaine Loewen. . . . The Silvertips were without their top two scorers as F Remi Laurencelle completed a three-game WHL suspension and F Carson Stadnyk sat out with an injury. As well, F Brandon Ralph is out with a broken hand after blocking a shot, while F Riley Sutter and D Mackenzie Dwyer also are hurt. . . . F Bryce Kindopp, a third-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, was brought in from the midget AAA Lloydminster, Alta., Bobcats to give Everett some depth up front.
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