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August 29, 2016 4:15 P.M.

Sophomore forward Spencer Bast scored three second-half goals on Monday to lead Team Black to an 8-3 victory over Team Grey in one of three scrimmages at the Kamloops Blazers’ training camp at the Sandman Centre.
Bast, a 19-year-old from Macklin, Sask., had four goals and eight assists in 47 games as a WHL freshman last season.
On Monday, Black and Grey played to a 1-1 tie in the first half, with Deven Sideroff scoring for Black and Carson Reagan for Grey. Black broke it open with seven second-half goals, but not before it fell behind 3-1. Rudolfs Balcers, with two, Joe Gatenby and Brodi Stuart also scored for the winners. Team Grey got its other goals from Reagan and Quinn Benjafield. Sideroff then scored the only goal of the 3-on-3 overtime period.
In the second scrimmage, Team Grey dumped Team Orange, 4-1, behind two goals from Jackson Shepard. Collin Shirley and Connor Zary also scored for Grey, with Tylor Ludwar getting Orange’s lone goal. Benjafield had the only goal of the OT period.
In the day’s final scrimmage, Team Orange and Team Black played to a 1-1 tie. Orange got goals from Dace Prymak and Nick Chyzowski, while Matt Revel and Dallas Valentine scored for Team Black. Black then outscored Orange 4-1 in OT, getting scores from Massimo Rizzo, Bast, Balcers and Gatenby. Scott Mahovlich counted for Orange.
In the goaltending department, it would appear that starter Connor Ingram is in mid-season form — he stopped 33 of 35 shots in two appearances.
Dylan Ferguson, last season’s backup, turned aside 21 of 23. Dane Dow stopped 19 of 20 shots, while Max Palaga surrendered three goals on 23 shots, Blake Wood gave up three goals on 22 shots, and Nathan Moore stopped 23 of 31 shots.
Later in the day, the Blazers trimmed their roster to 44 players and split them into Blue and White teams in preparation for Tuesday’s intrasquad game. Team Blue will skate Tuesday at 9 a.m., with Team White on the ice at 10:30.
The annual Blue and White game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
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F Massimo Rizzo of Burnaby remains among the 44 players left on the Blazers’ roster, and he is scheduled to play in the intrasquad game.
Rizzo, the 15th overall selection in the 2016 bantam draft, is on Team Blue and is expected to start the game between veteran Matt Campese and Latvian newcomer Rudolfs Balcers. Rizzo hasn’t signed with the Blazers. Last season, he put up 137 points, including 60 goals, in 61 games with the bantam AAA Burnaby Winter Club Bruins.
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The Blazers signed D Quinn Schmiemann to a WHL contract on Monday.
Schmiemann, from Wilcox, Sask., was a third-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft.
Last season, with the Wilcox-based Notre Dame Hounds bantams, he had 22 points, including eight goals, in 38 games.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder is the younger brother of D Dominic Schmiemann, who was taken by the Swift Current Broncos with the 12th overall pick of the 2014 bantam draft.
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Scott Rhodes says:
August 29, 2016 06:25pm

On the Blazers website it shows Rizzo on team Blue playing with Balcers and Campese...

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