Game 23: Thunderbirds are thrown for a loop against the Blazers
(16-7-1) Kamloops Blazers 8, (10-12-0-1) Seattle Thunderbids 2
KAMLOOPS- The Thunderbirds arrived in Kamloops around 5 a.m. for tonights game and they looked tired and lifeless in losing 8-2 to the Blazers. They had no answers for the Blazers relentless offense and were outshot 50-19.
The Birds got an early four minute power play early in the first period but it came at a cost. Branden Troock was hit with a high stick (looked more like a high check) and went down on the ice. Trainers for both teams had to help place him on a stretcher. The call was against Brendan Ranford.
The Birds had no shots on the four minute power play. The Blazers had three shots shorthanded.
At 17:05 the Blazers took a 1-0 lead when the Birds simply couldn’t clear the puck out. It was already their 17th shot of the game. Tim Bozon scored his ninth goal of the season.
The Birds were lucky to get out of the period down 1-0. They were out played badly and were outshot 19-3. Daniel Cotton (0-3) was superb in the period in only his third start of the season.
Ranford (13) gave the Blazers a 2-0 lead on a delayed penalty at 2:03.
Seattle strikes back quickly on the power play at 2:47 to make it a 2-1 game. Luke Lockhart (5) redirected a shot by Shea Thordore (assist).
The Blazers got their two goal lead back at 9:21. Cole Ully (3) scored off a scrum in front of the net to make it 3-1.
Kamloops went up 4-1 at 11:07. A turnover gave them a three on one and Logan McVeigh (4) scored.
The Birds were down 4-1 after 40 minutes. They were being outshot 33-13.
Dylan Willick (14) scored on the power play to give the Blazers a 5-1 lead at 3:45 of the third period.
Less than two minutes later Kamloops takes a 6-1 lead. Colin Smith (13) scored off the face off.
Seattle finally answers the Blazers at 6:05. Burke Gallimore (12) beat Cole Cheveldave (9-3-1) to make it a 6-2 game. Brad Deagle got the assist.
Kamloops comes right back and goes up 7-2 at 6:56. Ryan Hanes scored his third goal of the season.
Kamloops scored their second power play goal to take an 8-2 lead at 18:51. Austin Madaisky scored his fourth goal of the season.
The Birds lose 8-2 and are outshot 50-19.
–Cotton makes 42 saves and isn’t responsible for the loss.
– Biggest minus is obvious. Troock gets hurt early in the game and goes out on a stretcher.
– Birds revert back to playing the way they did during the first half of the eastern swing as they are sloppy in front of the net, not able to clear pucks out and turn the puck over too much.
– Outshot 50-19. We’re not talking about lots of harmless shots from the outside either.
– Seattle continues to be inconsistent. Just when it looks like they are getting their game going to revert back to playing bad hockey.
– Maybe we need to ask the Sabres where the retaliation was on the Ranford check on Troock. Especially once the game was out of hand late in the third period. Let’s hope the Birds at least send in the tape to the league.
– The Birds are -5 for the game.
–According to @gdrinnan, Troock has feeling and movement in all extremities, taken to hospital and had x rays all as precaution.
– D Cason Machacek was back in the lineup.
– F Mitch Guiel was a healthy scratch as the Birds went with seven D-men.
– F Brendan Rouse remains out with a hand injury. Listed as day to day.
– Seattle drops to 5-7 on the road.
MyNorthwest.com three stars:
First star: Logan McVeigh (goal and two assists)
Second star: Brady Gaudet (three assists and a +3)
Third star: Austin Madaisky (goal, assist and a +3)
The Thunderbirds return home Tuesday night to take on the Swift Current Broncos. Game time is 7 pm and the action can be heard live at MyNorthwest.com.
Game summary is on the WHL website.