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Campbell stars as Blaze secure three-point weekend

By Steve Carpenter Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 13:32

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DEREK Campbell made an immediate impact on his return to Blaze by scoring one and setting up another as Blaze secured a three-point weekend.

Campbell registered a goal and assist on his debut as Paul Thompson's side let slip a three-goal lead to lose 4-3 after penalty shots to Belfast Giants at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday.

But Blaze ended their three-game losing run at the Skydome the following evening by getting the better of Hull Stingrays 3-2 win in extra-time, with Mike Schutte converting the decisive penalty shot.

"I have been really happy with Soupy (Derek Campbell) this weekend," said Thompson, whose side remain fifth in the standings.

"I told him he needed to produce offensively and he has had a three-point weekend.

"I must also thank Bryan Jurynec. He has come in and been a great help to us. He blocked eight shots this weekend and was great on the penalty kill.

"Having him with us lessened the minutes the likes of the Leeb brothers, Dustin Cameron and Soupy had to play and that helped a lot."

Canadian Campbell put his side ahead in the 17th minute on Saturday evening before assisting on Brad Leeb’s marker 17 seconds later.

Forward Dustin Cameron and former Blaze defenceman David Phillips then picked up five-minute fighting majors at the start of an explosive second period before Bryan Jurynec fought Giants captain Adam Keefe.

Steven Chalmers made it 3-0 on 23 minutes but Mark Garside got Giants on the board and further goals by Greg Stewart and Kevin Saurette sent the game into over-time, which was decided by a Robby Sandrock winning penalty.

Blaze welcomed defenceman Mike Egener back into the line-up against Hull Stingrays at the Skydome on Sunday as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead through Dustin Cameron, his eighth in 11 games and Greg Leeb.

But Stingrays hit back to tie the game with two second-period markers.

Thompson called a time-out three minutes from time after Stingrays defenceman Martin Ondrej was called for boarding but they could not produce the game winner and it was left for Schutte to win it for Blaze.

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