The Blazer Train, as players often refer to it on Twitter, rolled through another city on Tuesday night.
The Kamloops Blazers, the only one of the WHL's 22 teams not to have lost a game in regulation time, dropped the host Red Deer Rebels 4-0, improving their record to 9-0-1.
With 19 points, the Blazers, who have won seven in a row, are off to the best 10-game start in franchise history. The 1987-88 team started 9-0-0 but lost its 10th game, leaving it with 18 points.
Tonight, the Blazers go into Edmonton for a date with the Oil Kings, who won the WHL championship last season. The Oil Kings (5-3-2) last played on Sunday when they were beaten 1-0 by the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook.
Last season, the Blazers won both of their games with Edmonton, 5-2 and 3-2. Both games were played in Kamloops.
While freshman goaltender Taran Kozun posted his first WHL shutout with 32 saves, the Blazers were led by the line that features Colin Smith between Tim Bozon and JC Lipon.
Bozon scored twice, giving him eight, while Smith had a goal, his seventh, and two assists, and Lipon drew two assists.
Left-winger Chase Souto, with his first goal of the season, had the Blazers' other goal.
"We played hard," Kamloops left-winger Brendan Ranford told Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate. "Obviously, we didn't give up a goal and that's how we play. "We play good defensively and can also get opportunities to put the puck in the net.
"We have three lines that can score every night and our fourth line is really good defensively. We just played hard tonight and overall it was a good victory for the guys."
Lipon, who is the WHL and CHL's player of the week for a second straight week, pushed his WHL-leading point total to 24, three ahead of Smith, who is riding a 10-game point streak. Bozon is tied for seventh, with 15 points.
Smith needed some stitches midway through the third period after taking a high-stick to the face from Red Deer forward Charles Inglis, who was given a double minor.
The Rebels missed the playoffs last season, but that didn't keep them from beating the Blazers three times.
On this night, however, the Rebels (5-6-1) just didn't have it. After putting together a three-game winning streak, they now have lost two in a row.
"I just thought we were flat," Rebels head coach Jesse Wallin told the Advocate. "We knew coming into the game that Kamloops is at the top of the league for a reason. They have a good hockey team and if we had any chance we were going to have to outwork them and I didn't think we did that tonight."
After a scoreless first period, Kamloops scored twice in each of the last two periods.
"We didn't move our feet, we didn't win enough battles," Wallin said. "We didn't generate enough and in the third period we ended up shooting ourselves in the foot by taking four minor penalties."
Red Deer captain Turner Elson agreed with his coach.
"We were soft out there. We didn't move our feet, we didn't lay the body, we created no forecheck," he said. "It was just a soft game on our part and we have to get back to what we know we can do. We're not the most skilled team, we have to be able to work teams to the ground, be a work-hard team and be gritty out there and we didn't do that tonight."
JUST NOTES: Attendance was 4,557. . . . Kozun, an 18-year-old from Nipawin, Sask., made his first start since Sept. 28. On that night, the Blazers dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Royals in Victoria. . . . The Blazers were 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Rebels were 0-for-2. . . . The Blazers scratched RW Jordan DePape (shoulder), D Landon Cross (undisclosed), F Brayden Gelsinger, D Josh Connolly and F Aaron Macklin. . . . Lipon was named the WHL and CHL player of the week after putting up 10 points in three games. The week before that, he had seven points in two games.