Warman, SK – A Cameron Hebig hat-trick and a 25 to 6 shot advantage in the second period propelled the Saskatoon Blades to a 5-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night in Warman. A whopping 90 penalty minutes were dished out during the tilt as the Highway 11 rivalry continued in heated fashion.
The Blades were slow out of the gates however, Prince Albert was unable to capitalize on their opening momentum and soon the action swung the right way for Saskatoon. Three penalties against the Raiders eventually broke the score as the third power play opportunity was the charm for Cameron Hebig who scored his 1st for the night, assisted by Josh Patterson and Braylon Shmyr. Prince Albert attempted to finish the period on their own terms but couldn’t get anything by veteran puck stopper, Logan Flodell who was in fine form making his 2017 pre-season debut.
The second period long change saw the game open up speed and scoring wise. Less than two minutes into the period Hebig marked his second tally of the night on the power play, assisted by Shmyr. Minutes later the Blades scored their first even strength goal coming off the stick of Gage Ramsay thanks to a great feed in tight from Kirby Dach. Prince Albert finally got on the board near the half way mark of the game, with Sean Montgomery wristing in his third of the pre-season. Moments later, not to be outdone, Dach tipped in an excellent pass from Shmyr with the secondary assist coming from Jake Kustra. The period was rounded out with a 4 on 4 play that saw Hebig complete his hat-trick with 3 seconds left on the clock, again assists coming from Shymr and Kustra.
Sean Montgomery scored again for the Raiders; the only goal in the final period filled with penalties.
Logan Flodell earned 3rd star honours stopping 30/32 shots faced while fellow 20-year-olds Braylon Shmyr (4A) and Cam Hebig (3G) were named second and first stars. Jake Kustra (2A) and Kirby Dach (1G,1A) also had multi-point games for Saskatoon.
The Blades will close out the pre-season next Saturday in Edmonton against the Oil Kings. Game time is 7:00pm at the Downton Community Arena in Edmonton and will be broadcast live on the official voice of the Blades, 92.9 The Bull FM.
The Saskatoon Blades open the 2017-18 WHL regular season at home on Friday, September 22nd versus the Swift Current Broncos. Game time is 7:00pm at SaskTel Centre.