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Kamloops Blazers defeat Vancouver Giants

Langley-based team doubled up by Blazers 6-3 on Friday, Nov. 24
Giants’ Tyler Thorpe goes for a goal against Blazers’ goaltender Dylan Ernst on Friday, Nov. 25. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver Giants lost 6-3 to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night at the Sandman Centre.

In the first 20 minutes, Vancouver led with 3-1, but Kamloops struck back in the second period with three of their own.

Kamloops wrapped up the night with an early goal in the third period to bring them to 6-3.

Two of the Blazers’ goals came on the power play.

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In the first power play, at 6:18 into the game, defenceman Harrison Brunicke secured his third goal of the season with a puck found just outside the crease after it ricocheted off the end boards.

Just after the midway point of the period, Cameron Schmidt of the Giants leapt to action when Kamloops missed the net. The rookie tucked it home to tie the game 1-1.

With four minutes remaining of first period, Kyren Gronick took the Giants to their first lead 2-1, after he backhanded home a loose puck for his fifth goal of the season.

Tyler Thorpe wrapped up the period by finishing a feed from Mazden Leslie, to make it 3-1 Vancouver.

Kamloops hit the ice hard in second period, with Van Olm cutting the lead to 3-2 at the 4:19 minute mark.

Just minutes later in a power play, Nathan Behm tied the game 3-3.

In the final five minutes of the period, Blazers goaltender Dylan Ernst made a diving save on Aaron Obobaifo, while Kamloops went back the other way to score on a 2-on-0 after Andrew Thompson beat Brett Mirwald with a shot on the blocker side – bringing the game 4-3 Kamloops.

Behm extended the lead 5-3 for Kamloops early in the third period, and Van Olm scored an empty net goal to bring Blazers the win 6-3.

Vancouver Giants play against the Tri-City Americans tonight (Saturday, Nov. 25) home at Langley Events Centre at 7 p.m.

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Giants’ Brett Mirwald blocked a goal by the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, Nov. 25. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Giants’ Colton Roberts takes the puck away from their net on Friday, Nov. 25. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)

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