RECAP: Marvellous Maier sends Pats packing

Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatoon Blades put an exclamation point on the weekend after defeating the Memorial Cup host Regina Pats 2-1 in the 7th round of a shootout Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Blades record to 28-26-2-1 on the year, matching their total number of wins from a year ago and the 1700th in franchise history. More importantly, the Blades move 4 points ahead of the Prince Albert Raiders in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


The Blades opened the scoring in the first period after killing a penalty of their own. The man advantage was awarded their first opportunity and made the most of it in short order. Calmly playing the puck around the zone, the Blades moved the puck to Dawson Davidson at the point. Davidson then played the puck to Max Gerlach at the right circle who released a hard pass down low to Logan Christensen at the right post. With the puck, Christensen swivelled left and scored 5-hole on Max Paddock to make it 1-0 Blades in the first period.

The second period was a heated but scoreless affair as the Pats took 6 minutes of penalty time while the Blades took 2. Regina outshot Saskatoon 11 -7 in the period but neither side were able to find the back of the net.

Regina finally cracked Nolan Maier in the early goings of the third period, equalizing the score 1-1 with a Matt Bradley power play goal aided by a good screen.

However, after the Pats game-tying-goal, the teams battled out a penalty riddled and scoreless finish to regulation, sending the game to overtime. Both goals in regulation came on the power play; the Blades were 1/6 on the night while the Pats’ power play went 1/5.

Nolan Maier, who was already having a game for the ages, somehow found another level and left both fans and players on both sides in awe during the 3-on-3 overtime with several ten-bell saves.

With the Pats unable to get anything by Maier and Max Paddock doing his job at the other end, the game needed 7 rounds of a shootout before a winner emerged.

Former Blade Cam Hebig and fellow 20-year-old Jesse Gabrielle scored for Regina while Chase Wouters and Braylon Shmyr scored before  Michael Farren ended it in the 7th round.

The Blades will now prepare for their last big road trip of the season which includes 4 games in 6 days through the Central Division beginning on Wednesday in Kootenay. Next home action for Saskatoon is the 8th and final meeting with the Regina Pats on Friday, February 23rd.

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