The Saskatoon Blades suffered their first loss on home ice in 2019 on Friday night, but still managed to earn a point in the standings falling 4-3 in overtime to the Calgary Hitmen. Now at 26-12-6-0 on the year, the Blades will prepare for Saturday’s home game against the visiting Portland Winterhawks.
WHAT WENT DOWN
Dawson Davidson set up Gary Haden (16) with a beautiful backdoor feed to open the scoring in the first period. Calgary answered back through their captain Mark Kastelic (28) to even the score heading into the first intermission.
The Blades then took a two goal lead in the second thanks to goals from Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen (11) and Ryan Hughes (18). Hughes also had an assist on Roykas-Marthinsen’s goal giving the newcomer two points in his first game as a Blade. Calgary cut into the lead as Egor Zamula (9) went to the net in the dying seconds and banked a pass off his skate in behind Nolan Maier.
Carson Focht (11) tipped a fluttering point shot in the final minute of the third period with the Calgary net empty to tie the game at 3-3. Then Mark Kastelic (29) ended the game with a power play marker 1:28 into overtime.
Nolan Maier was the busier netminder of the evening, stopping 35/39 shots while Jack McNaughton turned aside 21/24 shots to earn the win for the visitors.
Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen: 1G-1A
Ryan Hughes: 1G-1A,
Nolan Maier: 35 saves
Mark Kastelic (CGY): 2G-1A
Ryan Hughes registered his first goal and assist in his debut with the Blades.
Eric Florchuk’s assist gives him a 3-game point streak.
Zach Huber played his 100th career WHL game.
The Blades continue their 5-game home stand playing host to the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday night at 7:00pm for the Blades annual First Nations Night.