Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Midwest Division Champions

Blazers Midwest Division Champions playoffs

The Oklahoma City Blazers are Midwest Division Champions. OKC outlasted the visiting Springfield Express in a winner take all 3rd and deciding game at the Blazers Ice Centre by a score of 7-5 Sunday. The Blazers rallied from a 2-0 deficit after the first period with 5 cosecutive goals to push them to the victory.  Tomas Nemeth paced the Blazers with a goal and 4 assists and goaltender Filip Kostka turned away 34 shots to record the win.

“We believed,” said head coach Tyler Fleck. “They got up on us two nothing quick but we dug in and got it done. Once we scored the fans and their energy really propelled us for sure. The ice tilted and we ran with it. It was extemely emotional for everyone in the building.”

Forward Ryan Cagnoni got the Blazers back in the game with a 4 on 3 power play  marker 1 minute 27 seconds into the second period to make it 2-1 and then just 9 seconds later Lubos Vacek’s point blast off an entry into the Express zone that was deflected knotted the game at two.  With the Blazers on the powerplay again, sniper Ivan Bondarenko ripped a shot from the middle of the ice to put the Blazers ahead for good.

Oklahoma City also got goals from Tomas Rubes, Jiri Hajda and another from Bondarenko to go along with the Cagnoni, Nemeth and Vacek goals.

The Blazers will now face the Colorado Eagles next weekend in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Thorne Cup Semi Finals.

Although the Blazers and Eagles have had an intense past in the Central Hockey League this is will be the first playoff matchup in the WSHL between the two clubs. Oklahoma City and the Colorado Eagles have only played each other one time as members of the Western States Hockey League and that was this year at the showcase in Las Vegas at the showcase with the Blazers winning by a score of 5-1.

“Colorado is hands down the best team we have faced this season. Although the score was a bit one sided, these guys are fast and extremely talented, hands down the fastest team in the league from what I have seen. The Eagles are a first class organization and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them. They do it right. It will be a battle.”

Oklahoam City and Colorado will play game 1 this Friday at the Blazers Ice Centre at 7:30 PM. Game 2 will go Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 5PM if necessary.

The Winner of this series will advance to the Thorne Cup Finals to play the winner of the Long Beach Bombers and the defending Thorne Cup Champions, the Idaho Steelheads.

Tickets for this weekends Eastern Conference Finals go on sale tomorrow.

Call the Blazers office at 405-601-6489.

“Let’s Go Blazer’s!”