Kamloops has outscored Vancouver 18-5 in the first three games, including a 6-1 win on the local ice of the Sandman Center on Friday.
Daylan Kuefler scored a pair of goals to lead the Kamloops Blazers to a 6-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants on Friday at their home at the Sandman Center in Kamloops, taking the Blazers’ record against the Giants this season to 3- 0-0-0. .
The Blazers (12-2-0-0) have edged Vancouver (7-4-1-0) by an 18-5 count in the trio of games. In its other nine games this year, Vancouver outscored its opponents 37-19.
The teams will continue their 12-game seasonal series tonight with Kamloops making a stop at the Langley Events Center (7 pm, Sportsnet 650).
Special teams opportunities have been a part of history so far on set. Kamloops was 2 of 6 with the extra man on Friday and is 6 of 17 in all three games. Vancouver’s only goal on Friday came off the stick of newcomer Alex Cotton on his only power play of the night with 42 seconds to go. Vancouver’s 1 of 5 in power play against Kamloops in all three games.
The Giants lost Ottawa Senators prospect Zack Ostapchuk (injury undisclosed) for the third straight game on Friday. The Giants initially labeled him day-to-day, but now it’s easy to wonder if he’s more serious than originally thought. Also forward Justin Lies (upper body, four weeks) is out as well and forward Ethan Semeniuk left Friday’s game in the third period after receiving a check on the boards and did not return.
Minnesota Wild prospect Josh Pillar scored a goal and an assist for the Blazers, leading him to seven points, including two goals, in all three games against Vancouver. Dallas Stars forward prospect Logan Stankoven had two assists and now has three goals and five points in the series.
Forward Matthew Seminoff also scored a goal and an assist on the night for the Blazers, who outshot Vancouver 42-16.