The Bellingham Blazers opened up the Cascade Cup playoffs with back-to-back wins over the visiting Eugene Generals this past weekend. After a little bit of adversity and a power outage game one was Saturday night. The Blazers were able to jump out to the lead just under 5 minutes into the first period. When Brett Hanson scored his first of two goals on the evening. The Blazers finished the first period with a 3-1 lead and added three more goals in the second period, two of them by Justin Sullivan and continued on for a 6-2 win. The Blazers outshot Eugene 47-32 and were dominant all evening. Broderick Parker was solid in goal for the Blazers only allowing two goals.
“I think we had a good game considering we hadn’t been on the ice in a few days with power outage,” said Dylan Ryan.
Game two was Sunday night and was another hard fought battle. Bellingham was able to go up 2-1 after the first period and capitalized on three power play goals on the evening to win the game 4-1. Chris Alexakis was great in net and would have had a shutout if Blazers assistant captain Mark Klasen hadn’t scored on his own net. The Blazers played another solid game and had strong efforts all weekend.
Coach Collins noted, “I thought we played very well in game one and dominated in a lot of areas. We need to tighten up a few things, but overall I was happy with our performance. Game two was a little different. We weren't real sharp, but we're still able to capitalize when we needed and our effort was there in both games. We will have another good week of practice and get ready to go to Eugene on Friday.”
For a complete list of Blazers statistics last weekend please visit our stats page.
The Blazers are back in action this weekend as they travel to Eugene for game three on Friday and game 4 (if necessary) Saturday night vs. the Eugene Generals. Game times are 7:35pm (PST) and can be viewed on www.fasthockey.com.
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