Kamloops Takes Down T-Birds

Brian Liesse

Philp and Kubicek score in 7-2 loss to Kamloops

KENT, October 26, 2018 — The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-2 Friday night at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds travel to Vancouver to play the Giants on Saturday at 7pm.

The T-Birds killed off 1:41 of a Blazers five-on-three power play 2:34 into the game.

Seattle (6-3-2-0) took a 1-0 lead on a five-on-three power-play goal by Noah Philp at 8:12 of the first period. Reece Harsch had the puck at center ice inside the blue line. Harsch passed the puck to Philp in the circle. Philp one-timed the Harsch pass and beat Kamloops goalie Dylan Ferguson high. Andrej Kukuca had the second assist.

Simon Kubicek skating up ice at accesso ShoWare Center on Friday, October 26, 2018.

The T-Birds stayed on the power play and converted at 9:02 of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Kukuca had the along the left wall. Kukuca passed the puck to Simon Kubicek at center ice. Kubicek took a wrist shot with traffic in front of Ferguson that beat the goalie on the blocker side. Nolan Volcan had the second assist.

Kamloops (4-6-0-1) cut the lead to one at 11:47 of the first on a goal by Nolan Kneen. Connor Zary and Devan Harrison had the assists.

Seattle outshot Kamloops 8-6 in the first period.

The Blazers tied the game 2-2 at 7:25 of the second on a goal from Jermaine Loewen. Zary had the only assist.

Zane Franklin put the Blazers up 4-2 after 40 minutes of play with goals at 8:34 and 19:43 of the second.

Kamloops had a 25-20 lead in shots after two periods by outshooting Seattle 19-12 in the second period.

Zary scored at 3:37 and Franklin scored at 6:04 of the third period to make it a 6-2 Blazers lead.

Cole Schwebius replaced Liam Hughes in Seattle net after the Blazers sixth goal. Hughes had 22 saves on 28 shots.

Kneen scored at 7:56 of the third to make it a 7-2 Kamloops lead.

Schwebius had seven saves on eight shots.

Ferguson stopped 31 of 33 shots.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.


First period – 1, Seattle, Philp 8 (Harsch, Kukuca), 8:12 (pp). 2, Seattle, Kubicek 5 (Kukuca, Volcan), 9:02 (pp). 3, Kamloops, Kneen 1 (Zary, Harrison), 11:47. Penalties – Volcan, Sea (double minor-high sticking), :14.  Lee, Sea (tripping), 2:34. Zary, Kam (holding), 7:01. Onyebuchi, Kam (cross checking), 7:22. Onyebuchi, Kam (major-fighting), 13:20. McNelly, Sea (major-fighting), 13:20.

Second period – 4, Kamloops, Loewen 3 (Zary), 7:25. 5, Kamloops, Franklin 9 (Centazzo, Smith), 8:34. 6, Kamloops, Franklin 10 (Pillar), 19:43. Penalties – Wedman, Sea (tripping), :09. Hamaliuk, Sea (hooking), 4:18. Williams, Sea (roughing), 5:12. Centazzo, Kam (roughing), 5:12. Smith, Kam (high-sticking), 10: 47. Huo, Sea (high sticking), 14:18.

Third period – 7, Kamloops, Zary 5 (Loewen, Lang), 3:37. 8, Kamloops, Franklin 11 (Centazzo, Smith), 6:04. 9, Kamloops, Kneen 2 (Zazula, Zary), 7:56. Penalties – Franklin, Kam (delay of game), 1:19. Smith, Kam (slashing), 9:07. Philp, Sea (slashing), 10:35. Savey, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:15. Mohr, Kam (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:15. Denomie, Kam (10-minute misconduct), 16:39. McNelly, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 16:39.

Shots on goal – Seattle 8-12-13 33, Kamloops 6-19-11 36. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 28 shots-22 saves (6-2-1-0), Schwebius 8-7; Kamloops, Ferguson 33-31 (4-5-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 2-5; Kamloops 0-7. A – 4,069. Referees – Stephen Campbell, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen – Adam Brastad, Cameron Wetmore.

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