In a unique pre-playoff tie-breaker game, the Kamloops Blazers took home a win tonight, solidifying their spot against the Victoria Royals in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
The Blazers secured home ice for the much-anticipated bout at the sold out Sandman Centre in Kamloops this evening, determined by a small ‘goals for’ margin between the two teams – Kamloops with 196 total goals their regular season, and Kelowna netting 169 goals themselves. Otherwise, the stats are nearly identical! Both teams recorded 64 points with 28 wins – hence the uncommon tie-breaker game!
The first period of the match saw no goals, but the Kamloops Blazers going up 17-7 in shots between the two clubs. In true rivalry fashion, there was plenty of physicality despite the lack of numbers on the scoreboard.
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Kamloops’ resident rookie Kyrell Sopotyk opened the scoring with a powerplay goal in the 2nd period, Kelowna tying it up not long after with a ‘rocket’ by Mark Liwiski.
An exciting third saw four more goals from the Blazers, two of them being shorthanded, and even one failed penalty shot attempt for the team! The Rockets made a goaltending switch midway through the period, though they still fell to a final score of 5-1 against the division rivals.
The Victoria Royals’ 2019 WHL Playoffs officially kick off this Friday, March 22nd here in Victoria at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, with puck drop happening against the Kamloops Blazers set for 7:05 p.m.
Check out the full first-round schedule below!
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If you want to get in on the riveting playoff action, single-game tickets as well as 2019 Playoff Packages are still available for purchase!
Are you ready to bleed black and blue playoff hockey, Victoria?
- Friday, March 22nd at 7:05 p.m. – Victoria Royals vs. Kamloops Blazers – first playoff game of the season
- Where: Save On Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
- Tickets: Playoff tickets can be purchased in-person or online