Kamloops Blazers Lose 5-3 to Seattle Thunderbirds in WHL Battle

Kamloops Blazers Lose 5-3 to Seattle Thunderbirds in WHL Battle

The Kamloops Blazers and the Seattle Thunderbirds went head-to-head in a thrilling Friday night game that had fans on the edge of their seats. Despite a strong performance from Jordan Keller, who contributed a goal and two assists, the Blazers ended up on the losing side with a final score of 5-3. The defeat adds to the Blazers’ recent struggles, as they have now lost four out of their last five games.

Currently sitting at last place in the Western Hockey League with a record of 19-34-3-3, the Blazers are struggling to find their footing. However, they continue to put up a fight and give it their all on the ice, managing to accumulate a total of 44 points in 59 games.

The Blazers showed their resilience by killing off a pair of penalties in the first period and then taking a commanding 2-0 lead at the Sandman Centre in the third meeting between the Blazers and Thunderbirds this season. Ashton Ferster opened the scoring at 16:12 of the first period, followed by Nathan Behm doubling the lead at 19:17.

The Thunderbirds, however, were determined to turn the game around and managed to tie it in the second period. Jeremy Hanzel struck first at 4:20, quickly followed by Antonio Martorana’s equalizing goal at 6:06. Keller managed to restore the Blazers’ lead on the power play just a few minutes later, but with a little over four minutes left to play, Nishaan Parmar netted a goal for the Thunderbirds, bringing the score to a 3-3 tie.

Nathan Pilling then gave the Thunderbirds their first lead of the night with a goal at 14:15 of the third period, ultimately securing the victory for his team. Pilling’s second goal into the empty net in the final minute extinguished any hope of a Blazers comeback.

In a valiant effort, Blazers’ goaltender Dylan Ernst made 33 saves on 37 shots but fell short in the end. On the other side, Scott Ratzlaff of the Thunderbirds turned aside 25 of 28 shots from the Blazers to claim the win.

It’s worth noting that Kamloops native Sawyer Mynio, a draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, played a vital role for the Thunderbirds by contributing an assist. With this victory, the Thunderbirds improved their record to 22-34-2-0, gathering a total of 46 points in 58 games. They currently sit nine points behind the Spokane Chiefs, who claimed the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 5-4 overtime win against Prince George.

Looking ahead, the Blazers will have the opportunity to bounce back as they prepare to host the Vancouver Giants tomorrow night, March 2. They will then face off against the Portland Winterhawks next Wednesday. It’s certain that the Blazers will bring their A-game in these upcoming matches as they strive to climb up the standings and secure a playoff spot.