Blazers set their sites on playoffs

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It was a night of firsts as the young players made good on their chances in a 7-0 win over the Prince George Cougars. Connor Clouston and Deven Sideroff recorded their first WHL goals and Sideroff and Mitch Friesen picked up their first WHL assists in the victory in Prince George.

Cole Ully kicked off the scoring as he put home a rebound off a shot from Brendan Ranford to make it 1-0 Blazers after the first period. Ully made it 2-0 as Ranford fed him a great pass and he converted for his 22nd goal and 50th point of the season. The Blazers extended that lead late in the second period as Colin Smith fed Mitch Friesen who gave it to Kale Kessy and he scored his 21st goal of the season. For Friesen, it was his first WHL point in his 46th game of the season. Shortly after, 15-year-old Deven Sideroff picked up his first WHL point. He made a great pass to Tim Bozon who scored on his own rebound to make it 4-0 Blazers before the final period was out.

The Blazers just kept it coming playing well from start to finish in this one. Tim Bozon and Dylan Willick combined for a goal to make it 5-0. Bozon set up Willick for his 16th of the season in his final game in his hometown. Brendan Ranford then set up Sideroff for his first WHL goal in his second WHL game. Sideroff enjoyed a two-point night with a goal and an assist. He will return to the Okanagan Midget Prep team for the rest of the season. The scoring finished off with 16-year-old defenseman Connor Clouston recording his first WHL goal. Tim Bozon sprung him on a breakaway as Clouston stepped out of the penalty box to make it 7-0 for the Blazers.

The win in the final regular season game gives the Blazers an identical record from last season of 47-20-2-3 as they finish with 99 points.

The Blazers also set a season franchise record on the night allowing only 180 goals in the season. The previous mark was 182 allowed during the 2003-04 season.

Taran Kozun was terrific in goal for the Blazers making 31 saves recording his second shutout of the season. The netminder finished the season with an 11-4-1-2 record including a 2.36 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in 20 appearances.

The Blazers will now move on and set their sights on the playoffs that will begin next weekend as they will face off in a best-of-seven series with the Victoria Royals. Games 1 and 2 of that series will be in Kamloops on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.

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