The Saskatoon Blades take on the Moose Jaw Warriors tonight at 7:05 pm in the Credit Union Centre. The first 3,000 fans through the door will receive a magnet schedule. There are also 500 passes to Woman`s World to be handed out. Join us after the game for a post-game skate with the Blades, bring your skates and helmets to take the ice surface. There will also be a signing/give-away of the first five hockey cards, which includes players Brent Benson, Stefan Elliott, Darian Dziurzynski, Josh Nicholls and Duncan Siemens.
Blades Extend Home Win Streak to Four
Coming off of back to back wins against Regina and Brandon respectively, the Saskatoon Blades extended their home winning streak to 4 games thanks to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans on Wednesday. The Blades didn’t wait long to get on the board as Josh Nicholls scored on a breakaway just one minute into the game to give the Blades a lead that they would never relinquish. Darian Dziurzynski added two first period goals of his own and the Blades went to the dressing room with a 3-2 lead. Marek Viedensky notched what stood up to be the game winner (his 5th goal of the year) in the 2nd period, and Josh Nicholls added an insurance marker late in the 3rd as the Blades defeated the Americans 5-3. The game took an ugly turn late as Americans forward Brendan Shinnimin drilled Josh Nicholls from behind into the boards. Nicholls had to be helped off the ice and is listed as week to week on the Blades injury report with a concussion, bruised back and bruised knees.
SASKATOON BLADES vs. MOOSE JAW WARRIORS
Tonight is the first of eight regular season games between the Saskatoon Blades (5-1-0-0) and the Moose Jaw Warriors (2-4-0-0). The Blades dropped both pre-season games they played against Moose Jaw to the Warriors by scores of 3-2 (shoot-out loss) on September 10th and 4-2 one night later. Last season, the Blades posted a 6-0-0-0 record against the Warriors. The Blades have won 6 out of the last 7 games in Saskatoon against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The last time Moose Jaw beat the Blades in the Credit Union Centre was on January 31, 2009.
Tale of the Tape- Average Age: Moose Jaw 17.92, Saskatoon 17.79. Leading Scorer: Moose Jaw, 5 players tied with 4 points (2G 2A); Saskatoon, Marek Viedensky and Josh Nicholls 10 points (5G 5A). Power-Play: Moose Jaw 4.3% (1 for 23, 22nd in the league), Saskatoon 21.4% (5 for 28, 7th in the league). Penalty Kill: Moose Jaw 77.8% (28 of 36, 15th in the league), Saskatoon 86.5% (32 of 37, 6th in the league).
BLADES NEWS & NOTES
– On Thursday the Blades reassigned 17 year old goaltender Adam Iwan to the Neepawa Natives of the MJHL. The move leaves the Blades with 2 goaltenders on their roster (Adam Morrison and Steven Stanford). Iwan had appeared in one game for the Blades this season.
– The Blades 5-1 start is the best start by a Saskatoon Blades team since the 1985-86 club. That team featured four 50 goal scorers in Larry DePalma (61), Randy Smith (60), Rod Matechuk (57), and Troy Vollhoffer (55). The team went on to finish 4th in the East Division with a record of 38-28-6.
– On Wednesday, the Canadian Hockey League announced the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for week three of the 2010-11 season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. Wednesday’s rankings had the Blades ranked 8th in the CHL, down one spot from last week’s rankings.
By The Numbers
– Marek Viedensky has scored in the last 3 Blades games and 4 out of the last 5 games played. Viedensky’s team leading 10 points has him tied for 6th in the league in scoring.
– The next time Steven Stanford takes to net, it will be his 125th game played. In his WHL career, Stanford has compiled a record of 56-48-7-3, has 6855 MP’s, 3.31 GAA and a 89.8% save percentage.
– With his next point, Curtis Hamilton will reach the 100 point mark for his career. The 2nd round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, has appeared in 160 career games picking up 43 goals and 56 assists.