The first period was a tough one for the Blades. Only 41 seconds into the frame the Pats got on the board as a long hard point shot from Jesse Zgraggen found the net past Alex Moodie, with Kyle Burroughs and Chandler Stephenson assisting on the goal. Just over 4 minutes later the Pats doubled their lead when Chandler Stephenson beat Moodie shortside after taking a feed from Morgan Klimchuk behind the net. The lead was then advanced to 3-0 on the PP at 7:06 when a Dyson Stevenson shot went under the leg of Ayrton Nikkel and then under the bar past Moodie. That ended the Blades goalie’s night as he was replaced by Troy Trombley. Things didn’t go much better for Trombley as he surrendered a goal to Dryden Hunt at 10:12 as he walked over the blueline and saw his shot beat the new Blades goalie high on the glove side. Saskatoon had a chance to break the goose egg with 4:33 to play in the frame as Nick Zajac was hooked on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty shot. The Blades alternate captain walked in on Pats goalie Daniel Wapple and tried to beat him low blocker side but Wapple made the stop. Then with 9 seconds to play in the period the Pats added another as Morgan Klimchuk scored his 14th from beside the net on the PP. Shots were 14-10 for Regina in the opening 20 minutes.
The Blades next home game goes on Friday, January 17th against the Prince Albert Raiders. The game is also the Blades next vintage jersey night as the team will wear the “bridge” jersey during the game! Find your tickets for the big night here.