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Friday, December 17, 2004

Blazers fall to determined Cougars

The Kamloops Blazers have fallen 6 points behind the fourth place Prince George Cougars in the race for the BC Division's final playoff spot. Game one of a two game set for the teams looked to be headed in the Blazer's favour as they held a 3-1 lead early in the third period, but they crumbled yet again under the pressure.

A determined group of Cougars did not say die as Colin Patterson had two goals and added an assist - all in the third period - to lead the tenacious cats to the come from behind victory.

The victory leaves the Cougars much more secure in their hopes for a playoff spot, and with the loss, the Blazers fall even deeper into the basement. Even though the season is not yet half over, a loss on Saturday could bury Kamloops - a team that has never missed the playoffs in the existence of the franchise.

Crippled by inconsistent play and plagued by key injuries to the few veteran players they have on the roster, the Blazers have had a horrendous year. Captain Jarret Lukin will be out until after Christmas with a broken finger, overage defenseman Tyrell Moulton is out with a concussion, gritty defenseman Ryan Bender has missed the last several games, and exceptionally talented but oft injured forward Richard Jasovsky left tonight's game with an undisclosed injury.

Canadian junior team selection camp attendee Devan Dubnyk takes the loss for the Blazers, stopping 34 shots.

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