The Saskatoon Blades (20-18-0-1) play host to the Prince Albert Raiders (24-12-0-3) tonight as the team’s meet for the 3rd time in the past 8 days. The Blades are coming off of a 7-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday night, while the Raiders fell to those same Tigers by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday night.
The Blades got a big game from 20 year old forward Adam Kambeitz in their recent win, as he posted 2 goals and an assist to pace Saskatoon to victory. 19 year old goaltender Patrick Johnson was also a big key in the win, as he picked up his first career WHL victory by making 38 saves. Offensively, the Blades also got goals from Tyler Giebel, Shane McColgan, Josh Nicholls, Lukas Sutter and Brett Stovin, while Matej Stransky and Brenden Walker each had 2 assists.
The Saskatoon Blades are proud to see a pair of veteran players reach a very significant career milestone in tonight’s game against the Prince Albert Raiders. Both Josh Nicholls and Adam Kambeitz are appearing in their 300th career regular season games in the WHL.
For Nicholls, he’s spent his entire career with the Blades after being picked 27th overall in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft. Up to this point in his career Nicholls has posted 118 goals and 275 points in 299 regular season games for the Blades. Along with that, he’s put up an impressive +86 plus-minus rating.
For Kambeitz, he appeared in 267 career regular season games with the Red Deer Rebels before being acquired by the Blades earlier this season. Kambeitz has registered 52 goals in his WHL career while putting up 118 points and 316 career penalty minutes. Kambeitz is also widely known for his hard-work and leadership, serving as the Red Deer Rebels captain at the time of the trade earlier this season.
Kambeitz and Nicholls will be honoured prior to the game to mark their big milestone.
Tonight also marks a very special promotional night for the Blades as it’s Ukrainian Night at the Credit Union Centre. The night will feature great specials on Ukrainian food at the concessions, as well as Ukrainian dancers, a band and the anthem will be done in Ukrainian.
As mentioned, these teams are more than familiar with each other as they’ve met 4 times already this season, with the Blades posting a 1-3-0-0 record in those games. After tonight, they will meet 3 more times in 2012-13, including a home and home battle to end the regular season in March.
The Blades will look to leave it all on the ice tonight as it’s their final game until January 11th. It’s also the Blades final game before the WHL’s trade deadline on January 10th.
Puck drop tonight goes at 7:05PM and tickets are moving quickly for one of the Blades more anticipated games so far this season. Get your seats here. For a further breakdown of the game, go ahead and check out our game notes page here.
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