The Saskatoon Blades helped ring in 2013 in style as they ended a 4-game losing streak by beating the Medicine Hat Tigers 7-2.
20 year old forward Adam Kambeitz paced the Blades to victory with 2 goals and an assist, while fellow 20 year old Josh Nicholls scored a show-stopping goal in the win.
The Blades didn’t waste much time getting started in the game as Adam Kambeitz opened the scoring at 4:14 of the first. Saskatoon kept it rolling as Tyler Giebel scored his 1st goal as a Blade under 2 minutes later, with Kambeitz picking up the lone assist to make it 2-0. Under a minute and a half later, Shane McColgan got into the act on his birthday as he fired home a puck from the slot after it bounced right to him to make it a 3-0 Blades lead. That was the score after 20 minutes as Saskatoon outshot the Tigers 12-5 in the frame.
Saskatoon added two more in the 2nd period, with Josh Nicholls 27th of the season being the highlight of the night. He picked off a pass in the Tigers zone, walked in all alone on Cam Lanigan and put the puck and his stick between his own legs before chipping the puck top shelf. The Blades would get one more for good measure before the period was up as Lukas Sutter had one bounce off his body in front and past the goalie to make it 6-0 through 40 minutes.
At 8:16 of the 3rd the Blades would make it 7-0 as Kambeitz finished off a slick passing play from Brenden Walker and Matej Stransky, wiring home a quick shot from beside the net. But, Patrick Johnson’s shutout bid would be snapped by the Tigers shortly after as new Tiger Logan McVeigh finally banged one home after 4 chances at it to make it 7-1. Elgin Pearce then tallied to make the final 7-2 Blades.
Patrick Johnson was named 2nd star as he made 38 saves for his 1st career WHL win. The Blades were 4 for 5 on the PK and 2 for 5 on the PP in front of over 5500 fans at the Credit Union Centre.
For the game scoring summary, visit the WHL website here.
The Blades now have one final game before the trade deadline and a week-long break in their schedule. They host the PA Raiders this Friday on Ukrainian Night at the Credit Union Centre! It will feature great food specials and Ukrainian dancers and music. Get your tickets here.