Bellingham Blazers forward Cody Rich focused on redemption from the previous night’s loss to Tri-City Outlaws as he netted four goals and one assist as the Blazers cruised to an 8-4 win against the Outlaws Saturday night.
Both teams fought for the first goal of the evening, but it was Blazer’s Gerin Hohl who lit the lamp at 13:46 in the first assisted by Mark MacDonald and Sasha Perron, putting the Blazers in the lead. Bailey Shaver extended the Blazers lead when he scored with just 28 seconds left in the first period assisted by Kristjan Toivola and Nick Scherbinin, sending the Blazers into the locker room with a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
Scherbinin was quick to extend the Blazers lead even further, scoring at 2:53 into the second period assisted by Chad Haywood. Christopher Helms put the Outlaws on the board at the 4:37 mark assisted by Alexander Svoboda and Austin Mayton. Cody Rich found his first goal of the night as he brought the Blazers to a 4-1 lead at 8:29 assisted by Mason Wade and Micky Turner. Outlaws Brenden Odell answered 40 seconds later, bringing the teams to a score of 4-2 with 11:08 left in the period. Rich scored again assisted by Ty Hubbard and Scott Hansen soon after, for a 5-2 lead. Then Josh Reavy scored for the Outlaws with 6:31 left in the second period assisted by Kyle Miller-Smith. With five minutes left in the period, Turner brought the Blazers to a 6-3 lead assisted by Rich and Wade. The Outlaws then pulled goalie Stephen Hunter and replaced him with Casey Kaiser, who held off the Blazers through the rest of the period.
Rich scored only 47 seconds into the third period, for his third of the night, assisted by Hubbard, extending the Blazers lead to 7-3. Rich then struck again when he got the puck between the pipes with 5:45 left in the period assisted by Hubbard and Turner. With 1:35left in the game, Outlaws forward Jared Shuck scored the final goal of the evening, leaving the Blazers with a 8-4 win over the Outlaws. Goaltender Josh Stone had 38 saves on the night as he earned the victory for Blazers, while the Blazes peppered the Outlaws net with a total of 64 shots.
Next up, the Blazers will face off against the Eugene Generals November 1 and 2 at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Both games begin at 7:35 p.m.