Pilon notches hat-trick, Blazers double up Tigers

By Mitch Bach
November 24, 2017 - 11:51pm

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Captain Mark Rassell extended his goal scoring streak to eight games, but Garrett Pilon was a man on a mission in a 6-3 Kamloops Blazers win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday.

Pilon, a product of Saskatoon and assistant captain to the Blazers, recorded his first hat-trick of the season in a game which extends the Blazers win streak to three games.

Medicine Hat held a 3-1 lead in the first period off goals from Rassell and Ryan Jevne, along with Cameron MacPhee's first of the year. 

But Luke Zazula cut the Tigers lead to one late in the opening frame. That was the beginning of five unanswered goals by the home team.

Kamloops received second period markers from Jermaine Loewen and Nick Chyzowski, the brother to Tigers forward Ryan Chyzowski. Pilon's second and third markers of the night came in the third period, icing down the hatty on an empty net with nine seconds to go.

Pilon also recorded a game-high 12 shots on goal, part of a 49 shot performance as a team. Although he surrendered five goals, Tigers netminder Jordan Hollett's 43 save performance earned him the night's third star.

Dylan Ferguson, freshly returned from a short stint with the Vegas Golden Knights, picked up the victory in goal with 34 saves in the game.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 2-1 on their four-game B.C. road swing, 15-8-0-0 this season, and will look to finish the trip with a winning record Saturday night in Kelowna.

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