|Saskatoon Blades (3-7-1-0) at Swift Current Broncos (9-1-1-0)
Tonight the Saskatoon Blades make their first trip to Swift Current of the season looking to end a three game winless streak. The Blades (3-7-1-0) head into speedy creek coming off a 7-2 loss to the Victoria on Tuesday night, despite outshooting the Royals 40-26. This will be the third meeting of the season between Saskatoon and Swift Current, with the Blades looking for their first win of the season series against the near perfect Broncos (9-1-1-0).
The opponent – Recently the Broncos have shown they are in fact human; winning just one of their last three games after starting the season with eight consecutive wins. That being said, they’ll be well rested tonight having not played since last Saturday when they dropped a 5-4 decision to the Kootenay ICE in overtime.
For Saskatoon – Mental toughness will play a big factor in success tonight. The Blades have outshot their opponent in their last four outings, but have only managed to earn 3 points in those four games. Sticking to the game plan and not trying to overcomplicate things should get results sooner than later if you continue to outshoot your opponent. Also, the Blades will have be mentally prepared in the early going and not give up the first goal. Saskatoon has only scored first in four of 11 games this year, but three of those resulted in a victory.
The lineup – The Blades may look at shuffling lines for tonight’s matchup. Leading scorers Braylon Shmyr and Cameron Hebig have combined for just 1 assist in the last two games. Meanwhile, Josh Paterson – who had a slow start to the season- has 2 goals and an assist in his last three games. 17-year-old centre Chase Wouters has 6 points on the year, including 4 in his last 5 games.
With the likes of Wouters and Paterson beginning to contribute consistently, the secondary scoring that is so desperately needed behind Shmyr and Hebig may be just what the Blades need to knock off the powerhouse Broncos. 17-year-old winger Michael Farren will also return to the lineup after missing the last 2 games due to injury. Farren racked up 30 points last year as a 16-year-old and will be looked to increase his output this year in his sophomore campaign.
F Logan Christensen – upper body, 4-6 months
F Caleb Fantillo – flu, day-to-day
F Brandon Machado – upper body, day-to-day
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