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Mucha makes 42 saves as Kamloops Blazers down Kelowna Rockets 4-1

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KELOWNA, B.C. - Goaltender Kurtis Mucha had a strong night for Kamloops, making 42 saves, as the Blazers downed the Kelowna Rockets 4-1 in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.

Tyler Shattock, Dalibor Bortnak and Jimmy Bubnick, all with first-period markers, and Colin Smith scored for Kamloops (19-20-5).

Lucas Bloodoff, who opened Saturday's scoring, a power-play goal at 4:34 of the first, replied for Kelowna (19-24-2).

The Blazers gave up the game's first goal, but responded with three for a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. The win was also the Blazers' second over the Rockets in as many nights, having beat Kelowna 6-4 on Friday in Kamloops.

The Rockets have lost four in a row, eight of their last nine and have tumbled in B.C. Division standings from second just two weeks ago to fourth in the five-team loop.

Mark Guggenberger made 21 saves for the Rockets, who, in eighth place, hold down the Western Conference's last playoff position.

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