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Blazers pull one from the fire

This Colin Smith goal — which brought the Kamloops Blazers level at 1-1 with the Swift Current Broncos at ISC on Tuesday —  was reviewed by WHL officials. From this angle, it
This Colin Smith goal — which brought the Kamloops Blazers level at 1-1 with the Swift Current Broncos at ISC on Tuesday — was reviewed by WHL officials. From this angle, it's easy to see the puck did cross the goal line.
— image credit: Allen Douglas/KTW

The Kamloops Blazers were snakebitten for 58 minutes and 16 seconds — then they rattled off two goals in 31 seconds to sink the Swift Current Broncos 2-1 at Interior Savings Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Colin Smith, two days after finding out he is not invited to the national junior team's selection camp, scored at 18:16 of the third period to tie the game 1-1.

Sam Grist accepted a clever Tim Bozon feed and beat Bronco netminder Eetu Laurikainen — screened by Smith — upstairs for the game-winning goal at 18:47.

The Blazers outchanced the visitors 19-6 and outshot the Broncos 32-16, but could not beat the impressive Finnish goaltender until the game's dying seconds.

Coda Gordon's second-period power-play goal looked like it was going to be the difference, but Kamloops never stopped pushing.

Smith's game-tying marker was briefly under review, but league officials quickly determined the puck did cross the goal line.

JC Lipon, who will try out for the under-20 Canadian team set to compete at the world juniors in Russia, chimed in with two assists.

The Broncos will feel like they deserved at least a point — and they really did.

Swift Current played Kamloops tough all night.

Just ask Blazer D-man Tyler Bell, who was dropped by a Josh Derko uppercut in a first-period scrap.

Next up for Kamloops are the Prince George Cougars at ISC on Friday.

Puck-drop is slated for 7 p.m.

The Broncos will likely brave poor highway conditions tonight on the way to Kelowna, where they will meet the Rockets on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

 

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