The Vancouver Giants lost to the Kamloops Blazers 4-1 on Wednesday night, despite playing well for long stretches of the game.
The Blazers struck first with defenceman Joel Edmundson splitting the Giants’ D for a breakaway goal in the opening period. Aside from that one bad play, the Giants played a well-composed first period, and were often the stronger team on the puck.
The Giants kept up their strong play early on in the second. North Delta defenceman Arvin Atwal scored his second career goal to tie the game at 2:01.
But Kamloops went up 3-1 with goals from centres Matt Needham and Colin Smith. Smith, a Colorado Avalanche prospect, is third in WHL goals and points, with 37 and 90, respectively, and leads the Blazers in scoring.
After falling behind, the Giants seemed to play with less care, and had difficulty clearing their zone and entering Kamloops’.
Kamloops kept up the pressure in the third, and left wing Kale Kessy made it 4-1 for the Blazers at 6:14.
The loss drops the Giants to 14-43 for the season. They begin a four-game road trip on Friday, and their next home game is a rematch with Kamloops on Feb. 22.