The Saskatoon Blades dropped a 4-1 decision to the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night, falling for the 2nd straight game.
Former Prince Albert Raider Todd Fiddler got the Chiefs off on the right foot in the game, scoring the first goal at 4:04 to put Spokane out in front. The first period lead was doubled not even three minutes later by Spokane as Liam Stewart streaked down the left wing and beat Andrey Makarov blocker side to make it 2-0. That was all the scoring in the first as the Chiefs hot period showed on the scoreboard and on the shot chart. They outshot Saskatoon 13-4 in period one.
The second period started the same as Blake Gal scored his 3rd of the year, picking up the puck after a Saskatoon turnover and beating Makarov only 2:08 into the period. But, after that Saskatoon found some life. A Matt Pufahl point shot generated the chance that got Saskatoon on the board as the rebound sat wide open for Brenden Walker. The Blades captain shot it on goal and it sat there in the crease and Matej Stransky banged it home at 5:09 to make it a 3-1 game.
The goal gave the Blades life as they fired away after that, but Eric Williams had all the answers in goal the rest of the period. The Blades outshot Spokane 15-3 in period two, but trailed 3-1 through 40 minutes.
Saskatoon kept the play up in the 3rd but Eric Williams continued to have the answers. He stopped puck after puck, including several Blades powerplay chances throughout the game until his team finally found the goal to ice the game. Midway through the 3rd, Mitch Holmberg grabbed the puck at the side of the Blades net and lifted it over Makarov to make it 4-1.
That was the final as Saskatoon outshot the Chiefs 31-22 in the game. Eric Williams 30-save performance earned him the 1st star in the game.
For a full stat-sheet breakdown go here.
The Blades now have a couple of days off before playing host to the Regina Pats on Saturday night.