GAME DAY PREVIEW: Blades open season series with Pats
Tonight the Saskatoon Blades (1-3-0-0) will look to bounce back into the win column as they visit this season’s Memorial Cup hosts, the Regina Pats (2-3-1-0). It is the Blades first road game of the regular season, so they’ll look to use the visiting villain role as motivation heading into hostile territory at the Brandt Centre.
The Blades are coming off a rough 6-2 loss last night on home ice to the Swift Current Broncos, while the Pats return home after falling 4-2 to the Tigers in Medicine Hat.
Saskatoon’s lone win this season came when the Blades scored first and outshot their opponent. After only registering three shots in the second period last night, expect Saskatoon to respond with a onslaught of pucks being thrown early and often at the Regina cage.
Meanwhile, the Pats will have plenty of motivation playing at home on Saturday night against a division rival. The season hasn’t started quite like many predicted for Regina so they’ll be looking to regain their reputation as the top team in the East. With the return of Sam Steel, Josh Mahura, and Jake Leschyshyn the Pats are starting to find their footing after stumbling out of the gates.
It will be a tall task for the Blades tonight who return to Regina again on Wednesday. Ryan Kubic is still listed as day to day with an upper body injury, meaning either Joel Gryzbowski or 16-year-old Nolan Maier will backstop the Blades tonight. A strong performance this evening would certainly inject a shot a confidence for Saskatoon before a three game road swing next week with stops in Regina, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer.
Game time is 7:00pm with the pre-game show getting underway on the official voice of the Blades, 92.9 The Bull FM.
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