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Tri-City bests hometown Blazers
The effort was better, according to head coach Dave Hunchak, but the result was the same for the Kamloops Blazers, who lost their second straight game at Interior Savings Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Kamloops (2-5) fell 3-2 to the Tri-City Americans (3-5). The announced attendance was 3,626.
"We played better, but we need to generate more second and third chances," Hunchak said after the loss.
"That's one thing that's disheartening is that we didn't generate offence."
Tri-City pulled ahead 1-0 when a Lucas Nickles snap shot beat Blazer goaltender Taran Kozun, who will likely want the goal back.
Kamloops had two power-play opportunities in the first frame, but could not capitalize on either of them.
The Blazers are 0-for-7 with the man-advantage over their last two games.
Chase Souto, who turned 19 on Tuesday, scored both of the Blazers' goals, his first with time winding down in the opening period.
Blazers' captain Matt Needham took two penalties — one for hooking and one for high-sticking — at the 19:21 mark of the first period.
Kamloops was able to kill off the penalties and seemed to be gaining momentum, but the Blue and Orange could not solve Eric Comrie, who was very good between the pipes for the Americans. He finished the game with 30 saves.
Philip Tot gave the Americans a 2-1 lead at the 17:13 mark of the second period.
The Blazers got away with Needham's indiscretions at the end of the first period, but they weren't so lucky when Souto was called for roughing at the 18:24 mark of the second stanza.
Marcus Messier scored on the ensuing power play to give Tri-City a two-goal cushion.
Souto cut the Blazers' deficit to one with his second at 12:17 of the third period, but the Blazers were unable to get the tying goal.
Kozun made 27 saves in the loss.
Tri-City will host the rematch in Kennewick, Wash., on Friday, Oct. 11.