The Kamloops Blazers lost their final game of the WHL preseason on Saturday, 6-1 to the Cougars in Prince George.
But it wasn’t as bad as it seemed, says head coach Dave Hunchak.
“The score didn’t indicate the play,” Hunchak said Sunday. “When you look at the video, we were in position at times to have some success . . . we didn’t finish or assignments were missed.
“But there were some positives.”
The Blazers finished the preseason 1-4, and were outscored 22-9. Kamloops was outshot by nine or more shots in four of its five exhibition games, including a 40-31 count against Prince George.
The Cougars took advantage of an undisciplined Kamloops team, scoring on two of eight power plays.
Hunchak said the Blazers didn’t cross the line discipline-wise, just didn’t play up to the standard referees Kyle Kowalski and Jonathan Spurgeon set.
Matt Needham had the Blazers’ goal, and Bolton Pouliot made 34 saves in his Blazers debut. Kamloops acquired the 19-year-old Pouliot from the Red Deer Rebels on Monday.
Alex Forsberg had two goals and two assists for Prince George, with Martin Bobos, Chase Witala, Peter Kosterman and Raymond Grewal also scoring. Brett Zarowny stopped 30 shots.
JUST NOTES: F Tim Bozon has been returned to the Blazers by the Montreal Canadiens, after the NHL team reassigned him from main camp. . . . Kamloops will open the regular season on Friday, 7 p.m., against the Kelowna Rockets at Interior Savings Centre.