Vancouver Giants winger Tristyn DeRoose engages in a scrum in front of the Kamloops Blazers net during WHL action on Friday.

Giants fall to Kamloops on ‘Bad Blazer Night’

Vancouver falls 4-2 to Blazers on home ice

“Bad Blazer Night” at the Langley Events Centre on Friday seemed to bring out the good Kamloops Blazers.

On a night where Vancouver Giants fans were asked to wear the ugliest blazer in their closet, the best Kamloops Blazer was between the pipes.

Blazers goalie Dylan Ferguson, who has been thrust into the Kamloops starting job after regular starter Connor Ingram was added to Canada’s world junior team, made 39 saves to earn the win.

He may have been named the game’s third star, but Giants head coach Jason McKee said he was a huge factor in the game.

“Their goalie played well and I thought he was the difference in the game,” he said.

McKee said he liked his team’s effort, but that Ferguson was too hard to solve on Friday.

“I can’t fault our guys effort,” he said. “I liked our game. I really liked our power play and the chances we were creating all night. I’ll take our game tonight any night. I’m not disappointed in our effort.”

Kamloops opened the scoring at 14:39 of the first, when Dallas Valentine ripped a shot from the point past Giants goalie Ryan Kubic.

The Blazers added to their lead 1:06 into the second period after Garrett Pilon capitalized on a Giants turnover. Quinn Benjafield, the game’s first star, notched the game-winning goal on a power at 19:47 of the second.

Vancouver didn’t give up though, as McKee called a timeout late in the third period and then pulled his goalie when the Giants were on a power play.

The 6-on-4 man advantage paid off when James Malm scored his tenth goal, and about two minutes later Ty Ronning made it a one-goal game.

Kamloops added an empty-netter to end the comeback bid for the Giants and the 4,446 fans in attendance.

The Giants now hit the road to kick off 2017, with games in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Cranbrook from Jan. 2 to 8.

The next home game occurs on Jan. 13 when the Moose Jaw Warriors come to Langley.

Just Posted

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

Number of overdose calls in Mission nearly double

From April to October of 2017, Mission had 111 incidents, compared to 61 in 2016

Woman charged with attempted murder after Mission assault

Victim in hospital in stable condition after Maple Ridge woman allegedly attacks him

If it snows, move your car

Streets in Mission that have cars parked on them, won’t get plowed this winter

Police investigate apparent impaired-driving crash

Incident took place in Abbotsford on Thursday night

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

VIDEO: balloons and games and music at Basic for Babies in Langley

Event helps Food Banks stock supplies for infants

Kamloops RCMP warning public to stay away from unfolding domestic dispute

The public is being asked to avoid Sabiston Creek Road off of the highway

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Cycling4Diversity Food Drive in Mission on Sunday

Cyclists going door-to-door accepting donations

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

Mission photographers raise $6,615

Funds will be donated to Mission Christmas Bureau

Most Read