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Kamloops visits town on downward trend

The hot-and-cold Kamloops Blazers visit the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena tonight for a Western Hockey League matchup with the Spokane Chiefs.

Kamloops (18-26-4-2, 42 points) started out 2005 with four consecutive wins, including Everett twice and Kelowna once. Since then, the Blazers have gone 1-5-2. Kamloops is in last place in the B.C. Division of the Western Conference.

The Blazers have defeated the Chiefs twice this season, but the teams haven’t met since Nov. 5. After tonight, the teams meet one last time.

Spokane (16-22-8-1, 41 points) enters the game tied for last place (fourth) in the Western Conference’s U.S. Division with Tri-City, which fell 3-1 at Vancouver on Friday night.

Conroy fined

Al Conroy, head coach of the Chiefs, has been fined $250 by the WHL for receiving a game misconduct following Tuesday’s game with visiting Seattle at the Arena.

Conroy said Friday that the incident occurred as he left the ice after the game with the T-Birds, but said, “I really shouldn’t say anything else.”

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