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Smith has a goal and three assists, Blazers take 3-0 series lead over Royals

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VICTORIA - Colin Smith had a goal and three assists and the Kamloops Blazers scored six second-period goals to defeat the Victoria Royals 7-5 in Western Hockey League action Tuesday.

Kamloops has a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final and can finish the sweep Wednesday night in Victoria.

Jamie Crooks led the Royals with three goals.

The Royals took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Zane Jones and Crooks.

The floodgates opened in the second period with a total of eight goals. Dylan Willick, Tim Bozon, and Landon Cross scored to make it 3-2 for the Blazers. Crooks answered back for the Royals scoring his second and third on the night to give him a hat trick and make it 4-3 Victoria.

The Blazers weren't done in the second, as they scored another three goals, all coming on special teams. Jordan DePape scored on the power play, Matt Needham scored short-handed to make it then J.C. Lipon scored with the man advantage to give the Blazers a 6-4 advantage.

Austin Carroll brought Victoria within one early in the third, but Smith replied for Kamloops to make it a 7-5 victory for the Blazers.

Blazers netminder, Cole Cheveldave made 18 saves for the victory.

Royals starter Jared Rathjen made 16 saves on 21 shots. Keith Hamilton made 10 saves on 12 shots in relief and took the loss.

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