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Brendan Ranford leads Blazers past Rockets 5-1; Kamloops leads series 2-0

Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 10:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Brendan Ranford leads Blazers past Rockets 5-1; Kamloops leads series 2-0

KELOWNA, B.C. - Brendan Ranford had a goal and an assist for Kamloops as the Blazers beat the Kelowna Rockets 5-1 on in Western Hockey League playoff action.

Dylan Willick, Chase Souto, Kale Kessy and Aaron Macklin also scored for Kamloops, which now leads the second round, best-of-seven series 2-0.

Games 3 and 4 are Tuesday and Wednesday in Kamloops, B.C.

Myles Bell, who opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 1:35 of the first period, replied for Kelowna.

Jordon Cooke stopped 33 shots for the Rockets, while Cole Cheveldave made 29 saves for the Blazers.

Ranford made it 1-1 less than two minutes later at 3:11, with Willick making it 2-1 with his third of the post-season on the power play at 9:47 of the second.

In the third, Souto made it 3-1 at 5:06, with Kessy burying a rebound at 12:05 and Macklin closing out the scoring at 18:48.

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