April 27, 2013 - 7:12 AM
The Kamloops Blazers have reached the end of the line.
The Portland Winterhawks eliminated the Blazers in game five of the Western Conference Final Friday night with a 4-1 score.
Discipline continued to be problematic for the Blazers, giving up a 5-on-3 penalty early on for the third game in a row.
The Winterhawks gained the early advantage and were the first to light up the scoreboard. Defenceman Seth Jones put one past Cole Cheveldave 7:53 into the first period.
The Blazers responded with a tying goal as JC Lipon scored his sixth goal of the season with help from Matt Needham and Dylan Willick with just 36 seconds to go in the period.
But that was all Kamloops could muster. Portland came out hungry in the second period outshooting the Blazers 16-9, with Taylor Leier capitalizing on one, and leaving the Blazers behind going into the third period. A shorthanded goal by Ty Rattie 10:05 into the third period pushed Portland ahead by two, and a powerplay goal by Nicolas Petan at 13:58 put them out of reach.
The Winterhawks were two for five on the powerplay, while the Blazers were 0 for 2.
Portland outshot Kamloops 41-23.
While Kamloops prepares for golf season, the Winterhawks move on to round four against either Edmonton or Calgary depending on the outcome of their series. Edmonton currently leads 3-1.
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