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Leclerc stops 20 in relief as Kamloops outlasts Bruins 5-4 in shootout

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Goaltender Justin Leclerc came off the bench to stop 20 shots through overtime and three more in the shootout as the Kamloops Blazers edged the Chilliwack Bruins 5-4 in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.

Leclerc relieved Jon Groenheyde to start the second period with the Blazers trailing 3-1 as Kamloops (7-1-2) maintained its hold on first place in the Western Conference.

Jimmy Bubnick, Giffen Nyren, Brendan Ranford and Jake Trask scored for Kamloops in regulation time.

Ryan Howse and Kevin Sundher, each with two, replied for Chilliwack (2-6-0).

Kamloops goaltender Jon Groenheyde stopped 12 of 15 shots before being replaced by Justin Leclerc to start the second period. The Bruins' Mark Friesen turned aside 32 shots.

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