Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Lose to Dallas

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The Oklahoma City Blazers lost back to back games for the first time this season by falling 3-2 to the Dallas Snipers on Friday.

And it cost them dearly.

The Blazers were in contention for top seed heading into the weekend tied with Valencia and a point up on defending Thorne Cup Champion Idaho. However all is not lost. Oklahoma City is tied with the Colorado Eagles for top spot in the Eastern Conference with identical 41-7-2 records. Should the Blazers and Eagles finish tied, OKC has the tie breaker because they beat the Eagles at the Las Vegas Showcase.

The Blazers took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission on Friday on goals by Johan Sorkin and Ivan Bondarenko but it was all the offense the home team could muster as Dallas goaltender Alexander Moustakis was a brick wall turning away 50 shots. The Blazers outshot the Snipers 52-17 on the night. Ole Nilsen made 15 saves in net for OKC.

“There are no easy games in theis division, if you aren’t ready, you lose. The little things make a difference. We made a few mistakes and it cost us big time,” said Head Coach Tyler Fleck. “We had about eight players that were not ready whatsoever to play. I think our forwards turned their back to the play about 30 times tonight, lazy. We didnt fight for rebounds until it was too late and we got killed in the face-off  circle.”

The Blazers were without top forward Tomas Nemeth, Kole Hudson and defenseman Michal Beranek.

“You’ll see them in the lineup tomorrow.”

OKC and Dallas get back at Satuday at 6PM on “Pucks and Paws Night” where fans will have a chance to bring they dog to the game and a live adoption event will take place.

The Blazers will also be auctioning off their Black Fire jerseys at the conclusion of the game.

“Let’s Go Blazer’s!”