Blazers advance to Western Conference final with big win over Giants

Blazers win big, move on

Daylan Kuefler and Luke Toporowski combined for six points on Sunday in Langley as the Kamloops Blazers blanked the Vancouver Giants 6-0 to punch their ticket to the WHL’s Western Conference final for the first time in nearly a decade.

Fraser Minten, Toporowski (2), Kuefler, Logan Stankoven and Caedan Bankier were the goal scorers for Kamloops.

The Blazers scored twice in the first, twice in the second and twice in the third en route to the series-clinching win.

Dylan Garand was perfect on 24 shots to earn the shutout in net. Vancouver goalie Jesper Vikman stopped 30 of 36 Kamloops shots in the loss.

Announced attendance at Langley Events Centre was 4,310.

The Blazers will now advance to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2013, when they were bested in five games by the Portland Winterhawks.

The Blue and Orange await the winner of the Winterhawks and Seattle Thunderbirds — a series Portland leads three games to two, with Game 6 slated to go Monday night in Kent, Wash.

The conference final series will begin next weekend. The Blazers will have home ice advantage, hosting games one and two on Friday and Saturday. Tickets will go on sale Monday.

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