The Kamloops Blazers are hoping their recent offensive revival continues into tonight.
The Blazers are scheduled to play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds at Interior Savings Centre at 7 o'clock. It will be the last Blazers' home game for a while, with the team heading out on the road on the weekend before playing host to the Everett Silvertips on Oct. 26.
The Blazers had struggled offensively early in the season, scoring only 17 goals in their first eight games. The offence came to life on the weekend, scoring 11 goals in two games.
Kamloops lost 7-4 to the Winterhawks in Portland on Saturday, before topping the Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-1 at ISC on Monday.
But the Blazers will be facing a tougher opponent tonight than it did Monday.
The Hurricanes, 1-8-1, have lost six straight and sit last in the WHL. They have been outscored 15-4 in losing the first three games of a B.C. trip.
The T-Birds are on the opposite end of the spectrum, their 8-2-0 recording leaving them first overall. Seattle has won five straight and has scored 42 goals, tied for most in the WHL with the Winterhawks.
The Blazers are feeling more confident offensively. Early in the season, Kamloops players struggled to get used to playing in different situations, like on the power play.
"I know guys like myself and (Josh) Connolly, we didn't play power play too much last year," said 19-year-old forward Chase Souto, who has scored six goals in his last four games, after Monday's victory. "We did get a little (time) but now that we're getting ?more used to playing with guys like (Tim) Bozon and (Cole) Ully, it's starting to click."
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Through 10 games of this season, the Blazers leading scorer is . . . Josh Connolly?
Yes, it's true - the second-year defenceman has 10 points. That is four more than the Prince George native picked up in 53 games last season.
Ully is second in team scoring with eight points in eight games. He missed two games due to a WHL suspension.
Connolly's seven assists also are a team high. Souto leads the way with six goals. Sam Grist's 39 penalty minutes are most on the Blazers, as well as the WHL.
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Two more Blazers prospects were named to the U16 Western Canada Challenge Cup, which is scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Calgary.
Forwards Quinn Benjafield and Jake Kryski have been named to Team B.C. for the event. Kamloops selected Benjafield in the first round of the 2013 bantam draft, while Kryski also was a first-rounder - the Prince Albert Raiders selected him, then sent him to Kamloops as part of the Cole Cheveldave trade.
Both players are in the B.C. Major Midget League, Benjafield with the Vancouver Northwest Giants, Kryski with the Okanagan Rockets in Kelowna.
Three other Blazers prospects were previously named to the Cup - forward Jermaine Loewen of Arborg will suit up for Team Manitoba, while forward Garrett Pilon of Saskatoon and defenceman Dawson Davidson of Moosomin were selected for Team Saskatchewan.
Also on the roster is Thompson Blazers goaltender Daniel Toews. Toews is originally from Chase, and played for the Jardine's Blazers bantams in 2012-13.