MEDFORD, Ore. — No team scored until the early stages of the second period when Bellingham put two pucks past goalie Ethan Shute in less than five minutes.
From there, the Spartans and Blazers traded goals for the remainder of the game. The difference-maker was the first goal scored in under 20 seconds gone in the second period, and the Blazers get the win, 4 to 3.
Southern Oregon "played with a lot of heart," according to their head coach Dylan Martin. Despite missing some key players due to injuries or suspensions, Martin said his team fought hard tonight and never gave up on the game.
With the loss, the Spartans have now dropped five straight with a tough road trip ahead of them. They have three games next weekend against the division-leading Ogden Mustangs before a three-game series in Utah against the Outliers.
The team doesn't return to The RRRink until 2020 when the Spartans host the Seattle Totems from January 17-19.