It took no time for Ryan Hughes to make himself comfortable in Kamloops.
The newest Blazer scored twice — including the overtime winner — and assisted on one more in a 3-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night at Sandman Centre.
Hughes came over to Kamloops this week in a trade with the Saskatoon Blades.
He assisted on Zane Franklin’s goal 9:22 into the game. Franklin got credit for the goal even though he may not have known much about it.
The puck may have deflected off him after a point shot from the blue line.
Dillon Hamaliuk tied the WHL contest almost exactly four minutes later. It was his third of the season.
They skated through the second period, although Kamloops may have gained some momentum, outshooting Kelowna 8-5.
Hughes gave Kamloops the lead again, scoring his first for his new team 13:22 into the third.
It was an easy one, too. On the power play and behind the Kelowna net, Franklin got Kelowna goalie Roman Basran looking the wrong way. He centred to Hughes, who scored into an empty net.
Kyle Topping tied it two minutes later, however. Franklin caught Alex Swetlikoff with his head down, but it was too much for the referee, who sent him off for interference.
Kelowna converted seven seconds into the power play when Topping redirected a slap pass from Nolan Foote.
Basran was good from there and they went into overtime.
The poorly timed penalties came back to haunt the Rockets again. Foote was nailed for hooking two minutes into overtime, and Hughes made the visitors pay.
Kamloops enjoyed the run of play. The Blazers outshot Kelowna 32-20.
Basran made 29 saves while Dylan Garand made 18 saves.
Kamloops (1-3-0) was 2-for-6 on the power play while Kelowna was 1-for-5.
The Rockets (1-1-0) are home tonight to face the Everett Silvertips.
Game time is 7 p.m. at Prospera Place.