Losing streak reaches four in loss to Blazers

The Chilliwack Bruins got a boatload of reinforcements, but it didn’t make a difference on the scoreboard as the good guys dropped a 5-2 road decision Friday night in Kamloops. Roman Horak, Robin Soudek, Brandon Magee, Steven Hodges and Mike Forsyth all checked back into the lineup as the Bruins went searching for two crucial points against a B.C. division rival.

But Chilliwack couldn’t overcome a sluggish start, dropping their fourth straight game to slip a game below .500 at 17-18-2-1.

The Bruins found themselves behind an early eight-ball as Magee took a boarding penalty just 1:50 in. The Blazers cashed in quickly on a goal by Colin Smith, set up by ex-Vancouver Giant J.T. Barnett at 3:14.

Chilliwack took less than 20 seconds to answer on a goal by Steve Oursov. The speedster finished off a feed from Dylen McKinlay at 3:39, notching his third of the year to even the score.

But Kamloops scored the next two to take a 3-1 lead. Smith scored his second of the game at 8:24, an even strength goal set up by recent trade acquisition Thomas Frazee. Jordan DePape got his 15th of the season at 13:39, set up by Philadelphia Flyers prospect Brendan Ranford and Slovakian center Dalibor Bortnak.

Kevin Sundher scored a power play goal, in the final minute to cut the deficit to one.

Goaltenders Lucas Gore (Chilliwack) and Jeff Bosch (Kamloops) settled down in the second period.

Gore had to be particularly good as the Bruins killed off four consecutive minor penalties, including a lengthy five-on-three. His best save came with his team two men down as he robbed Frazee on a hot shot from the slot.

Bosch made his biggest save in the closing minutes of period two. Oursov found himself all alone in front after a nifty feed from linemate Kevin Sundher, but Bosch got the right pad out to thwart the Chilliwack native.

The 20-year-old netminder wasn’t tested a lot, as the Bruins generated just 11 shots through 40 minutes.

Chilliwack managed just seven shots in period three.

Kamloops got the insurance goal 4:18 into the final frame, with Smith notching the hat-trick tally. Dylan Wruck added his 12th of the season, scoring a shorthanded empty netter with 13 seconds remaining to wrap up the scoring.

Three stars were Smith (first), Wruck (second) and Barnett (third).

Chilliwack looks to snap their losing skid Sunday night as they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at Prospera Centre.

Puck drop is 5 p.m.

Just Posted

Watercolours by late Chilliwack artist to be unveiled at Yarrow Library

The public is invited to a special unveiling of three of Heinz Klassen’s watercolour paintings

Yarrow Library one of the stops on Cubetto’s grand tour

FVRL’s friendly wooden robot, Cubetto, travels throughout Fraser Valley to teach programming basics

No home for Agassiz Community Garden on school district land

The garden is still homeless after SD78 said no to the society using the McCaffrey School property

Chilliwack PEO: ‘We who are sisters’

International oganization celebrating 150 years of service

Chilliwack students take the lead as mental health advocates

About 100 Chilliwack youth prepped to make a difference during Mental Health Week

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read