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Cheveldave makes 22 saves as the Blazers down the Royals 3-0

Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 6:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

VICTORIA - Tim Cheveldave made 22 saves as the Kamloops Blazers blanked the host Victoria Royals 3-0 in Western Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon.

Chevedave's first shutout of the season earned him the game's first star.

Brady Gaudet, Rob Trzonkowski and Colin Smith scored for the Blazers (3-0-1), who dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Royals on Friday.

Jared Rathjen made 36 saves in a losing effort for Victoria (3-0-1).

Neither club could score on the power play as they both finished the game 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Gaudet opened the scoring for Kamloops with a long wrist shot from the left point through a screen.

Trzonkowski made it 2-0 early in the second after receiving a long stretch pass from linemate Aaron Macklin that sent him in alone for a back-hand deke.

The Blazers dominated the second period, outshooting the Royals 16-6.

A thunderous body check by Victoria defenseman Tyler Stahl, just back from a six-game suspension, ignited his team and the home crowd late in the period.

Despite a few good chances, however, the Royals couldn't solve Cheveldave in the final period.

The Blazers then went up 3-0 halfway through the third period when Smith banged in a rebound right on Rathjen's doorstep.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory