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Blazers Beat T-Birds In High Scoring Game

Brian Liesse

Horon, Wedman, Bruggen-Cate, and Jeri-Leon score in 7-4 loss to Kamloops

KENT, November 8, 2019 — The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-4 Friday night at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds play the Everett Silvertips on Saturday at accesso ShoWare Center at 6:05pm. Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

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Matthew Rempe in the faceoff circle in his first game as a T-Birds.

Matthew Rempe made his T-Birds debut in the game. He missed the first 15 games of the season due to a lower body injury.

Kamloops had a 3-0 lead after one period on goals from Martin Lang at 6:32, Ryley Appelt at 6:50 and Connor Zary shorthanded at 15:53.

Luke Zazula scored at 1:55 of the second period to give the Blazers a 4-0 lead.

Seattle got on the board at 6:57 of the second with a four-on-four goal. Michael Horon came out of the penalty box and took a pass from Conner Bruggen-Cate for a breakaway. Horon came down on Kamloops goalie Dylan Garand and tried to beat him five-hole. Garand made the save but Horon got the rebound to the right of the goalie and slammed it into the net for his first goal in the WHL.

The T-Birds headed into the second intermission down two goals courtesy of a Matthew Wedman goal with 43 seconds left in the second. Wedman got the puck from Horon along the right wall and skated around the top of the offensive zone to the low left circle. Wedman beat Garand with a quick snap shot high on the short side for his sixth goal of the season. Horon and Owen Williams had the assists.

Orrin Centazzo scored on the power play at 2:52 of the third period to give Kamloops a 5-2 lead.

Seattle answered right back on a goal from Conner Bruggen-Cate at 4:54 of the third. Bruggen-Cate took a pass in the left circle from Wedman and beat Garand with a quick wrist shot for his third goal of the season. Bauer had the second assist.

Two power-play goal by Kamloops, Zary at 8:45 and Brodi Stuart at 14:45, made it a 6-3 lead for the visitors.

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Keltie Jeri-Leon taking a shot against the Kamloops Blazers.

The T-Birds did not quit though as Keltie Jeri-Leon scored an unassisted goal from the left circle to make it a 7-4 game.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2019-20 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Kamloops, Lang 5 (Hughes, Pillar), 6:32. 2, Kamloops, Appelt 1 (Sopotyk, Stuart), 6:50. 3, Kamloops, Zary 9 (Stuart, Strange), 15:53 (sh). Penalties – Strange, Kam (holding opponents stick), 7:12. Kukuca, Sea (interference), 10:51. Sopotyk, Kam (hooking), 15:26.

Second period – 4, Kamloops, Zazula 1 (Stuart, Appelt), 1:55. 5, Seattle, Horon 1 (Bruggen-Cate), 6:57. 6, Seattle, Wedman 6 (Horon, Williams), 19:13. Penalties – Bauer, Sea (major-fighting), 2:28. Onyebuchi, Kam (major-fighting), 2:28. Rempe, Sea (elbowing, roughing), 4:49. Appelt, Kam (roughing), 4:49. Hughes, Kam (tripping), 5:19. Kuefler, Kam (tripping), 12:49.

Third period – 7, Kamloops, Centazzo 9 (Franklin, Hughes), 2:52 (pp). 8, Seattle, Bruggen-Cate 3 (Wedman, Bauer), 4:58. 9, Kamloops, Zary 10 (Centazzo, Hughes), 8:45 (pp). 10, Kamloops, Stuart 2 (Lang, Schmiemann), 14:45 (pp). 11, Seattle, Jeri-Leon 5, 15:27. Penalties – Rybinski, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:45. Rempe, Sea (tripping), 8:05. Ashton, Sea (interference), 13:49. Schmiemann, Kam (cross checking), 19:20.

Shots on goal – Seattle 11-22-7 40, Kamloops 11-16-10 37. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 37 shots-30 saves (5-5-2-1); Kamloops, Garand 40-36 (10-5-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-3; Kamloops 3-6. Referees – Tyler Adair, Mike Campbell. Linesmen – Trevor Beaton, Spencer Lockert.

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