Blades Blaned By Bartosak And Rebels

The Saskatoon Blades short, two-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night as they ended their quick Alberta road trip with a 1-1 record after falling 3-0 in Red Deer.

Reigning CHL goalie of the week Patrik Bartosak was a stopper in the Rebels goal, making 21 saves to blank the Blades.

The Blades never got off to a great start in the game as they were behind the 8-ball early after falling behind at 4:01 of the opening period.  Connor Bleackley scored his 7th of the season to open the scoring, tipping home a point shot from Kayle Doetzel to make it 1-0.  The Rebels would double their lead later in the period as Tyson Ness scored his 8th of the year in the final minute of the opening period to make it 2-0 through 20 minutes.  The Rebels outshot Saskatoon 13-9 in period one.

There was no scoring in the second period as the pace continued to be high.  The Rebels outshot Saskatoon 15-5 in the frame, but neither team could score despite the special teams opportunities afforded to them as the teams combined for 6 minor penalties in the middle period.

Any chance of a Blades comeback were hurt early in the 3rd as Turner Elson scored on a wraparound, sliding a puck under Andrey Makarov only 26 seconds into the period.  After that, the back and forth continued, but Bartosak had an answer for anything the Blades had to offer.  Included in those chances were back-to-back powerplay opportunities for the Blades, neither of which were successful. 

The final buzzer sounded, marking the 3-0 decision in favour of the Rebels, giving them their 7th straight victory overall.   As the buzzer sounded, a full-scale linebrawl erupted as all 10 skaters on the ice found dance partners. 

When it was all said and done, the teams combined for 24 penalties and 109 minutes in the box.

For a full look at the game sheet. Go here.

The Blades now return home for their next two home games, including next Wednesday night as they play host to the Spokane Chiefs.  For tickets to that game, click here.

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