GAME DAY PREVIEW: Blades look to finish out strong tonight vs Raiders
Tonight… The Saskatoon Blades wrap up the 2016-17 regular season in Prince Albert against the Raiders. The Blades head into the final tilt with 28 wins on the season, the most since 2013 when Saskatoon hosted the Memorial Cup. The Blades have seen a steady increase in wins over the past 4 seasons, and they will look to add to that tonight in search of win #29.
The Last Game… Chase Wouters had 3 assists Friday night, leading the Blades to a 5-3 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. Logan Flodell made 36 saves for his 22nd win of the season, while Braylon Shmyr and Mark Rubinchik also chipped in with 2 points in the win.
Head to head… The Blades are 5-2 against the Raiders this season. Saskatoon has dominated the Raiders this season on special teams; 25.7% success on the power play and 90.3% on the PK. Braylon Shmyr (7G) and Josh Paterson (5G) lead the offense vs Prince Albert while Logan Flodell has given up just 12 goals in 6 starts vs the Raiders, shutting them out twice.
Saying farewell… The three 20 year old players for the Saskatoon Blades will lace up for their final game in the WHL tonight. Jesse Shynkaruk had an outstanding season after being released by Moose Jaw in the off-season. The Blades brought in the hometown centreman in hopes of adding some offense and experience, and Shynkaruk exceeded expectations. Bryton Sayers was named the Blades top defenseman for the season tallying 32 points and not missing a game this season. Sayers will play his last game in front of his hometown friends and family in Prince Albert. Markson Bechtold only played 19 games in a Blades uniform, but managed to score 7 points and collect 47 penalty minutes, including 3 fighting majors making the Blades a tougher team down the stretch.
Shynkaruk – Season: GP:57 G:31 A:25 PTS:56 PIM:26 Career: GP:253 G:54 A:50 PTS:104 PIM:123
Sayers – Season: GP:71 G:7 A:25 PTS:32 PIM:52 Career: GP:204 G:19 A:46 PTS:65 PIM:146
Bechtold – Season: GP:32 G:8 A:7 PTS:15 PIM:60 Career: GP:230 G:38 A:62 PTS: 100 PIM:255
Streaking… ’97 F Braylon Shmyr extended his point streak to 8 games on Friday. In his last 8 outings, Shmyr has 13 points (6G-7A). The 19 year old missed 6 games in February due to injury, but has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last 14 contests dating back to January 30th.
This Date in Blades History: March 18, 1972…Ed Humphreys recorded his fifth shutout of the season and sixth of his career as the Blades crushed the Flin Flon Bombers 11-0 in the final regular-season home game of the 1972-73 Western Canada Hockey League season. It was the first banner season for the Saskatoon franchise as they topped the East Division with a 46-11-11 record. The Blades would go on to win their first-ever playoff series over Brandon, then knocked off Flin Flon before losing the league final in five games to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
97 F Cam Hebig – upper body – indefinitely
99 F Lukus MacKenzie – upper body – indefinitely
99 D Jake Kustra – upper body – indefinitely
01 F Kirby Dach – day-to-day
Download & view the full game notes: Game Notes at PA Mar18:17