September 27, 2014 - 9:26 AM
VICTORIA - The Blazers got off to a quick start as they had period leads of 3-0 and 7-0 en route to an 8-2 win over the Victoria Royals on the road Friday night.
Josh Connolly opened the scoring in the first period with a shot on goal. It fooled goaltender Coleman Vollrath and gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead 1:24 into the first period. The Blazers were confident and carried the play in the first period.
Deven Sideroff gave the Blazers a 2-0 lead finishing off a great play in the offensive zone. Cole Ully and Matt Needham set him up as Sideroff scored his second goal of the season.
Sideroff made it 3-0 with just under eight minutes remaining in the first period. He tipped home a point shot from defenseman Ryan Rehill. The Royals pulled Vollrath after the goal in favour of 17-year-old Evan Smith.
The Blazers extended the lead early in the second period. Michael Fora put a shot on goal on the power play, and Jesse Shynkaruk was there to put home a rebound for his first goal of the season. Jake Kryski made it 5-0 as he teamed up with Mike Winther for a goal.
The Blazers added two more goals on a five minute power play. Mike Winther, who was acquired early this week from the Calgary Hitmen, was set up nicely by Kryski and Matt Revel to make it 6-0. Collin Shirley then tipped a shot past Smith 20 seconds after Winther's goal to make it 7-0 Blazers.
Following Shirley's goal, the Royals made another goaltending change as Evan Smith was pulled in favour of Coleman Vollrath.
The Royals got their first goal of the game 13 seconds into the third period. Joe Hicketts walked into a slap shot on a rebound to make it 7-1. The Blazers added a shorthanded marker with Cole Ully hitting the scoreboard 2:09 into the period. Jack Walker finished off the scoring early in the third period as the Blazers went on to win 8-2.
Bolton Pouliot had a slow night in goal making 27 saves for the win. Coleman Vollrath took the loss stopping 15 of 19 shots. Evan Smith stopped 10 of 14 shots in his stint in goal.
The Blazers were 3-for-4 on the power play, while the Royals finished 0-for-5 on the night.
These two teams will conclude the weekend with a game in Victoria Saturday night.
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