The Blazers couldn’t find a way to score, and a parade to the penalty box led to the Winterhawks capitalizing in a 4-0 win over the Blazers.
Both teams came out strong and had their chances in the early going. The Winterhawks scored first as Seth Jones walked in and stuffed home a wraparound for a 1-0 Winterhawks lead. The Blazers struggled to find the back of the net with Mac Carruth making a few good saves as it was 1-0 ‘Hawks through the first period.
The Blazers were better in the second period as they did not give up much and created more chances. Carruth again was terrific turning aside Brendan Ranford and Cole Ully point blank. The Winterhawks struck on the tail end of a power play. Brendan Leipsic set up Ty Rattie for an open net and a 2-0 lead. The Blazers had their chance shortly after as the puck was along the goaline, but Carruth kept it out. The ‘Hawks outshot the Blazers 26-18 through two periods.
The Blazers undoing began at the end of the second period. The Blazers looked to go to the power play but undisciplined play led to the ‘Hawks starting the period on the power play. They made quick work of it as Leipsic set up Nic Petan on the back door for a 3-0 lead only 45 seconds into the period. The ‘Hawks iced this one as Leipsic scored another power play marker midway through the period. The penalties continued from both sides until the final buzzer with the Blazers falling 4-0.
With the win, the Winterhawks took a 2-0 best-of-seven series lead with Games 3 and 4 coming up in Kamloops. The Winterhawks were 2-for-8 on the power play, while the Blazers finished 0-for-5. For the second straight night, Mac Carruth was the games first star making 27 saves for the shutout.
Games 3 and 4 are in Kamloops this Tuesday and Wednesday night.