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#421 SkeeterHansen

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:50 PM

first place woot

edit: can someone tell PG to stop winning games?


Was ready to say "Yeah, top spot in the 'Dub!" but then I looked at the Raiders record...ridiculous!

Cougars are going to be the Minnesota Wild of 2011-2012. Soon as December hits, they'll come back down to earth.

ALSO, how about JC Lipon? The guy is red hot right now!!!
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:21 PM

Was ready to say "Yeah, top spot in the 'Dub!" but then I looked at the Raiders record...ridiculous!

Cougars are going to be the Minnesota Wild of 2011-2012. Soon as December hits, they'll come back down to earth.

ALSO, how about JC Lipon? The guy is red hot right now!!!


i really just meant in BC
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:11 AM

I have no idea where Prince Albert came from, but I guess there is always a few surprises, especially early on in the season. Edmonton hasn't looked great, but i have a feeling thats a little bit of a championship hangover. Over on another board I'm having a disagreement with someone, I say the Winterhawks will only be good this year because of their weak division, and so far, Im kinda right, They are in first place in the U.S. division, but not playing great.

Anyways, great to get that win last night, now gotta keep the streak going, I think last year we had a 10 game unbeaten streak. If im wrong let me know, I just know it went on for a long time, and during that span Kamloops got to 2nd in the CHL
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:36 PM

Blazers Crown Royals

The Kamloops Blazers (6-0-0-1) continued to win as they took down the Victoria Royals (6-3-0-0) 5-2 on home ice Wednesday night.

The reigning WHL and CHL player of the week continued his hot streak as JC Lipon opened the scoring. Brendan Ranford made a great pass to a speedy Lipon who took the puck to the net and put it in to make it 1-0. The Royals outshot the Blazers 9-7 in the period, but Lipon was the lone goal scorer.

The second period was owned by the Blazers as they outshot the Royals 17-0 in the period and scored twice. The Blazers did not extend their lead until late in the period as JC Lipon put a shot on goal and Colin Smith drove to the net and put it home to make it 2-0 Blazers. Brendan Ranford scored a beauty to make it 3-0 with 46 seconds left in the third period. Ranford was patient and ripped a shot passed goaltender Patrik Polivka for his third of the season.

The Royals made a goaltending change in the third period and put in Coleman Vollrath. The Royals immediately turned it up in the third period and scored an early goal. Alex Gogolev set up Jamie Crooks for an easy goal 53 seconds into the period to make it 3-1. The Blazers restored the lead as Tim Bozon snuck a puck under Vollrath from behind the net to make it 4-1. Again, the Royals continued to push back as Taylor Crunk put home a power play marker to make it 4-2. From there, the Blazers added a late goal from Cole Ully and won 5-2.

Defenseman Ryan Rehill had a solid night finishing with his first WHL assist and was +4 on the night. Forward Rob Trzonkowski also had a good night with an assist and a +2 rating.

The Blazers were 0-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. Goaltender Cole Cheveldave earned his fourth win of the season with 25 saves.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:41 PM

I have no idea where Prince Albert came from, but I guess there is always a few surprises, especially early on in the season. Edmonton hasn't looked great, but i have a feeling thats a little bit of a championship hangover. Over on another board I'm having a disagreement with someone, I say the Winterhawks will only be good this year because of their weak division, and so far, Im kinda right, They are in first place in the U.S. division, but not playing great.

Anyways, great to get that win last night, now gotta keep the streak going, I think last year we had a 10 game unbeaten streak. If im wrong let me know, I just know it went on for a long time, and during that span Kamloops got to 2nd in the CHL


From Jan. 1 to Jan. 21 last year the Blazers went on a 9 game winning streak, followed by a shootout loss to Kelowna. They lost their first game in regulation time in nearly a month after Victoria beat us for the first time. We then went on another 5 game winning streak after that.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:44 PM

From Jan. 1 to Jan. 21 last year the Blazers went on a 9 game winning streak, followed by a shootout loss to Kelowna. They lost their first game in regulation time in nearly a month after Victoria beat us for the first time. We then went on another 5 game winning streak after that.


Woot! Lets try and break that streak this year!
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:05 PM

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Blazers Play Host to Chiefs Tonight at ISC

The Kamloops Blazers (6-0-0-1) welcome the Spokane Chiefs (5-1-0-0) in a Western Conference match up tonight in Kamloops. The Chiefs are coming off a 6-4 win in Kelowna on Wednesday night. Also on Wednesday, the Blazers dispatched the Victoria Royals by a 5-2 count. Kamloops currently holds top spot in the WHL's Western Conference with 13 of 14 points through seven games. The Chiefs are also on a torrid pace to start the year, as they've recorded 10 of 12 possible points through six games. If the Chiefs are to have any chance against the Blazers, they're going to have to find a way to stop the dynamite trio of JC Lipon, Colin Smith, and Tim Bozon. Lipon is currently tied for the league lead in points, sitting at 14 along with Kelowna blueliner Myles Bell. Bozon and Smith each have 12 points, making this the most lethal line in the WHL. On the other end of the ice, the Chiefs boast the leagues current goals leader, in 19 year old Mitch Holmberg. With 9 goals through his first six games this year, Holmberg has been the one steadfast for the Chiefs in an otherwise "shaky" lineup. The Blazers D will add a big body tonight, as newly acquired Sam Grist is set to make his Blazer debut. Grist is no stranger to Spokane, as he played in the US Division with Tri-City before being dealt to the Loops.

The game is shaping up to be a barn burner in Kamloops tonight, as both teams look to continue their dominance. Puck drop is 7pm. Jon Keen will have the pre-game show starting at 6:30pm on RadioNL.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:49 PM

^I live three hours away, but you're seriously tempting me to make the drive into town today to catch the game hahaha
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:43 PM

^I live three hours away, but you're seriously tempting me to make the drive into town today to catch the game hahaha


Drive fast, you've still got time!

It's gonna be a good'n tonight!
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:14 PM

lol, had to stay home and stir the stew

sounds like JC Lipon is on fire again, 2 goals already
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:19 PM

holy crap natural hat trick!!!

not even 10 mins in!!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:21 PM

holy crap natural hat trick!!!

not even 10 mins in!!


Wow, I am listening to this right now and yelled, my girlfriend thought I hurt myself lol.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:26 PM

Wow, I am listening to this right now and yelled, my girlfriend thought I hurt myself lol.


haha same
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:29 PM

haha same


Don't lie to us, we all know you don't have a girlfriend. :P
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:33 PM

Don't lie to us, we all know you don't have a girlfriend. :P


hey, what are you doing in this thread???

yeah, okay, same minus the gf part lol
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:01 PM

Lipon finishes with three goals and an assist!!!! WOW! This line, including Ranford are absoloutely ridiculous! Chiefs goaltender looked like a fool on each goal tonight. Cheveldave was also a monster.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:03 PM

Blazers Topple Chiefs



Blazers' forward JC Lipon continued his hot red hot start to the season, as he scored the games first three goals in the first 8:30 of the game, and assisted on the fourth, to lead the Blazers to a 5-1 victory. Linemate Colin Smith pitched in with three assists and Brendan Ranford had another strong outing finishing with a goal and two assists.


The Blazers started hot as JC Lipon scored goals at 2:51, 4:37 and 8:30 to open the game up for a 3-0 lead. The Chiefs, known as a hard-working team, pushed back but goaltender Cole Cheveldave had a strong night in goal for the Blazers. The Blazers finished the period with the 3-0 lead while being outshot 12-11 in the period.

The Chiefs were the stronger team in the second period. They outshot the Blazers 19-4 and hemmed the Blazers in their zone for long periods of time. Goaltender Cole Cheveldave was on his game making a handful of sensational saves to preserve the lead. Liam Stewart got the Chiefs on the scoreboard as he drove to the net and put one upstairs to make it 3-1 late in the second period.

Despite the poor second period, the Blazers came out strong in the third period and put the game away. Sam Grist, who was playing his first game as a Blazer, missed a shot wide and Cole Ully took the rebound and put home his fifth goal of the season. Brendan Ranford sealed the deal on a tremendous power play goal. JC Lipon fed Colin Smith who gave a great pass to Ranford and he had the wide open net to make it 5-1. The Blazers limited the Chiefs to only six shots in the period and cruised to the win.

Cole Cheveldave was terrific in goal turning aside 36 shots, while Eric Williams stopped 18 for the Chiefs. The Blazers were 2-for-6 on the power play and finished 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

JC Lipon had another four-point night to add to his WHL scoring lead with 7 goals, 11 assists and 18 points through 8 games. Colin Smith, who finished with three assists, is third in league scoring with 15 points.

The Blazers now hit the road for five games in Alberta starting on Sunday at 3pm/PT in Calgary to face the Hitmen. The Blazers conclude their road trip in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice on Sunday, October 20th.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:11 PM

got the Hitmen tomorrow afternoon. Watched a bit of their game with the Oil Kings last night, in between the Lions game and some baseball lol

Looked pretty good, should be a fun game
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:31 PM

got the Hitmen tomorrow afternoon. Watched a bit of their game with the Oil Kings last night, in between the Lions game and some baseball lol

Looked pretty good, should be a fun game


Yea, they did look good. They have beaten the Oil Kings 3 times now. I have a feeling that, although Calgary is very good, their style of play works very well against Edmonton and makes them look even better than they are.

Out of a possible 10 pts on this upcoming road trip I would love it if we could pull 7pts. Obviously this is gonna be a tough road trip.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:24 PM

Warm Up The Bus – My Take on the Kamloops Blazers: Alberta Road Trip

The thrilling, albeit disappointing, end to the 2011-2012 season left the Kamloops Blazers wondering what could have been. Had they gotten by the WinterHawks, could the Blazers have carried the momentum into the Western Conference Final? The WHL Final? The Memorial Cup? Some questions are better left unanswered, especially the ones consisting of “what-ifs”.

As if the 2011-2012 group wasn’t exciting enough, the ’12-’13 squad is shaping up to be just as good, and just as thrilling. The Blazers have started the season on a red hot pace, going an impressive 7-0-0-1 to start the year. The “Boys in Blue” swept an Opening Weekend home-and-home with the Kelowna Rockets, and split the next weekend in Victoria, the only loss coming via the shootout. After the brief three game stint, the Blazers returned to the Tournament Capital for a four game home stand. After easily discarding the Seattle Thunderbirds and Medicine Hat Tigers, the Blazers faced off against the Victoria Royals for the third meeting this season. The Royals came in as BC Division leaders, and were riding high coming in. They were quickly deflated and left totally flat, as the Blazers scored five times en route to a 5-2 victory. Two nights later enter the Spokane Chiefs, coming off a thrilling 6-4 win in Kelowna on Wednesday, who led the US Division. The Chiefs also came out with cement in their boots and allowed three goals in less than 10 minutes and ended up falling by a 5-1 count. Like all before them, the Chiefs couldn’t handle the Blazers prolific scoring punch and submitted.

As if the wins were not enough, the Blazers boast the WHL’s current point leader, 19 year old JC Lipon. Also in the top six are Lipon’s line mates; Tim Bozon and Colin Smith. Kamloops’ goaltender, Cole Cheveldave, currently sits in 2nd place in GAA, behind former Blazer Cam Lanigan.

The Blazers are now off to Alberta, where they will play five games in just over a week. Another test in the WHL curriculum in which the players have become so accustomed to. Each game day, I will outline my thoughts on the game, including team and player analysis, as well as offer my prediction for the game. I encourage your prediction as well as thoughts in response.

Tomorrow: Kamloops @ Calgary

Edited by MaximYapierre, 13 October 2012 - 10:47 PM.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:19 PM

Warm Up The Bus – My Take on the Kamloops Blazers: Alberta Road Trip

Sunday October 14, 2012: Game #1 – Kamloops @ Calgary

The Blazers kick off the road trip against the only other team in the WHL that has not lost in regulation time. The Hitmen (6-0-0-1) host the Blazers on the third night of a three-in-three weekend, in which the Hitmen have played three games in as many nights. The Blazers, who are practiced in Red Deer on Saturday, will come in relatively well rested.

THE NIGHT BEFORE: The Blazers haven’t played since Friday night, where they beat the Spokane Chiefs by a 5-1 count in Kamloops. The Hitmen are coming off a 4-2 win over Red Deer on Saturday night, in which Cody Sylvester recorded two goals and Brooks Macek added to his team leading point total. Mack Shields got the win between the pipes for the ‘Men.

WHO TO WATCH: As always, the Hitmen are going to have to try to contain the Lipon-Smith-Bozon trio. The three are red hot, and currently sit (1) – (6) – (11) in WHL scoring, respectively. The margin is smaller than it seems, as only five points separates 11th spot from 1st. The Blazers will have to watch out for Brooks Macek, who leads the team in points, and Cody Sylvester, who is the team goal scorer, currently with 7 on the year.

“KEEPING” TIME: Cole Cheveldave will get the start in his hometown. The Blazers sophomore goaltender is near the top of the WHL in every goaltending category. The Hitmen, playing three games in three nights, have a pair of solid goaltenders in Mack Shields and Chris Driedger. Shields is in his first WHL season, and thus far has posted a pair of wins and as many losses, while boasting a 2.50 GAA and a .919 SV %. Driedger is expected to go tonight against the Blazers.

FIRSTS: Blazers F Rob Trzonkowski will make his first trip back to Calgary, where he played last season. The Blazers will play their first game at the Saddledome since the 2010-2011 season. Last year, the Blazers dropped a pair of games at home to the Hitmen. Hitmen F Jake Virtanen scored his first WHL goal against the Blazers last season. Cole Cheveldave is expected to get his first start in his hometown. Last night, the Hitmen finished a game in regulation for the first time in five games. The previous four ended in either OT or a shootout.

MY PREDICTION: The Hitmen will come out hard, as they always do at home, but three games in three nights will prove too much and the Blazers will come out with the win.

Predicted score: KAM 4 CGY 2


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:07 PM

2-2, middle of the 2nd. Both teams have two power play goals thus far.

Lipon with two points so far, Blazers 2 for 3 on the PP.

ALSO: Jon Keen calls the best goal of all WHL voices. #scooooooooooores!
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:22 PM

ANOTHER powerplay goal, Blazers 3-5 on the PP! Aspen Sterzer makes it 3-2, Blazers outshooting CGY 21-9 with approx 3 mins to go in 2nd.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:26 PM

ALSO: Jon Keen calls the best goal of all WHL voices. #scooooooooooores!


he makes me lol when there's extended action but no goal, his voice keeps getting higher and higher

oh man, so funny

edit: he's rhyming now LOL! "he gives it to Lipon, and he can do no wrong"

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

ANOTHER power play goal! JC Lipon!! 4-6 on the PP!

Wow.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

he makes me lol when there's extended action but no goal, his voice keeps getting higher and higher

oh man, so funny

edit: he's rhyming now LOL! "he gives it to Lipon, and he can do no wrong"


Oh man, so many times I've started laughing at his voice getting squeakier hahaha
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:35 PM

Man, think the refs can let them play?

Not complaining, cause we scored, but man
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:58 PM

Man, think the refs can let them play?

Not complaining, cause we scored, but man


Well, it is Pat Smith...the guys history is ridiculous.

As long as we're scoring, I don't care how many penalties are called. :)
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:10 PM

Smith scores 2nd of the night on PP, 5-9 today. Assists go to Hrbas and Lipon.

If JC Lipon doesn't win Player of the Month, something in the WHL is wrong!

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:25 PM

Blazers win it 5-2! Powerplay goes 5 for 10, Lipon records another four points and Smith gets another three! Smith and Lipon are 1-2 in WHL points at games end!

Will have next "Warm Up The Bus" before Tuesday's game @ Red Deer.
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