Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

OKC On Top

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The Oklahoma City Blazers head into the All-Star break as the top team in the Western States Hockey league with a record of 27-4-0. The Blazers just returned from a 7 games in 8 nights road trip which included a 4 in 4 series in Las Vegas, Nevada at the WSHL Showcase.

Showcase results

Blazers 5 vs Colorado Eagles 1

In what was touted as the biggest game of the showcase, the Blazers and Eastern Conference powerhouse Colorado Eagles went head to head in the first ever matchup between the two clubs. OKC cruised to a convincing 5-1 victory propelled by a 4 point night by Czech forward Tomas Rubes. Filip Kostka picked up his 18th consectutive win in goal for the blazers who outshot the Eagles 32-26.

“Colorado is hands down the best team we have faced this year. They are super fast,” said head coach Tyler Fleck. “It wasnt a 5-1 game really. Kostka made some big saves early and we were very opportunistic. Our power play was clicking and that was the difference.”

Blazers 5 vs Valencia Flyers 2

On Wednesday the Blazers were able to beat a pesky Pacific Division leading Valencia Flyers club by 3 goals backstopped by former Flyers goaltender, now a Blazer,  Ole Nilsen. Valencia came out strong scoring a rebound goal just 20 seconds into the first but the Blazers flipped th switch scoring 4 unanswered to take over the game. Tomas Rubes added a pair of points (1-1) and so did newley acquired forward Ryan Cagnoni who had his second consecutive multipoint night in as many games in a Blazer uniform. Nilsen recived the win versus his old club as the Blazers outshot the Flyers 35-27.

Blazers 5 vs Missoula Maulers 0

The Blazers were able to pick up their  3rd win of the showcase Thursday afternoon blitzing the Northwest Division  front runner Missoula Maulers. Ole Nilsen started again in goal for the Blazers and shutdown the Maulers posting the shutout. Ryan Cagnoni led the charge for the Blazers scoring a hat trick and adding an assist. Tomas Nemeth and Tomas Rubes each had a goal and assist in the game. Nemeth’s goal was the 100th of his career in the league. Nilsen made 31 saves in the shutout.

Blazers 2 vs Ogden Mustangs 3

Friday morning the Blazers played their 4th and final game of the showcase versus the Ogden Mustangs. The Blazers came up short losing by a score of 3-2. OKC got out to a 2 goal lead early on single tallies by Denis Skokor amd Adam Skutchan. The Mustangs came back with a pair of their own to send the game into the last period tied. With 9 minutes remaining a Mustang defender would fire a shout towards the Blazers goal that struck Ogden forward Caleb Pola in the face and redirect into the Blazers net to be what would become the game winner. Pola was injured on the play and did not return to the game.

Despite outshooting and outplaying the Mountain Division Mustangs, Oklahoma City could not find the equalizer before the final buzzer.

“You can’t win them all. They got a couple bounces for sure and their goaltender beat us in the end. We outchanced them 2 to 1 but it is what it is,” said Fleck. “We are in a good spot heading into the break and I am proud of this group. A few days off won’t hurt us. I know we are banged up a bit and some down time will help us overall.”

The loss to the Mustangs snapped the Blazers franchise record 15 game winning streak that pushed them to the top of the Western States Hockey League.

New Brotherhood Added

Prior to the Tuesday’s game vs Colorado, the Blazers added brothers Ryan and Kyle Cagnoni to the roster.

“Ryan and Kyle are impact players and will add leadership and tenacity to our team. Ryan is in his last year while Kyle has a couple years of eligibilty left. Both are very solid players,” said Fleck. “The Cagnoni’s are close friends with Coach Zac Desjardins so we know exactly what they bring to the table. They will help us going ahead and we look forward to moving both these guys on to the highest level possible.”

In 4 games at the showcase Ryan Cagnoni picked up 9 points centering Tomas Nemeth and Tomas Rubes.

The Blazers now have some time off before returing to action on January 2nd vs the WSHL All Stars. The B’s will host the first annual ALL STAR game and dinner banquet here in OKC in what will be an epic weekend of hockey and fun.

Tickets for the banquet and game are on sale now.

Please call 405-601-6489 for tickets.

“Let’s Go Blazer’s!”