RECAP: Blades fall 5-2 to Raiders
Prince Albert, SK – The Saskatoon Blades lost an important game on Friday night falling 5-2 to the Prince Albert Raiders on the road. The loss moves the Raiders within 1 point of the Blades for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, leaving the Blades with a 25-25-2-1 record.
The Raiders opened the scoring early as Parker Kelly got on the board just 92 seconds into the the tilt. From there the Raiders never looked back. Kelly would score again before the Blades responded as Logan Christensen tipped in a point shot from Jackson Caller to make it 2-1 at the first break.
Prince Albert would score twice more before the Blades next tally. Eric Florchuk made a couple slick moves to get around two defenders before ripping home his 11th of the season; assists from Dawson Davidson and Jake Kustra. However, Cole Fonstad restored the three goal spread on the power play shortly after to make it 5-2 heading after 40 minutes of play.
In the final frame, the Blades attempted to push back but found themselves short-handed more often than not making it tough to generate any offense.
The Blades will now take the rest of the weekend off and try to find some answers before their next game which goes on Tuesday at SaskTel Centre against the Kootenay ICE.