GAME DAY PREVIEW: Blades Clash With Blazers Friday Night

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Welcome to the 53rd season in Saskatoon Blades’ history…and the 51st season as the only continuously-operating franchise throughout the Western Hockey League’s existence!

 The Contest: Saskatoon Blades (6-3-1 for 13 points, 4th in East Division, 7th in Eastern Conference) vs Kamloops Blazers (5-6-0 for 10 points, T3rd in B.C. Division, T6th in Western Conference)…8:00 p.m. at Sandman Centre. The broadcast on 92-9, THE BULL starts at 7:30 with The Cutting Edge Pre-Game Show and the play-by-play at 8:00 p.m. with Les Lazaruk.

The Saskatoon Blades are coming off a 3-1 bounce back performance Wednesday night over the Vancouver Giants. Mason McCarty extended his point streak to five games scoring two goals on the power play in the victory. McCarty, who leads the Blades in points, now has 5 goals and 2 assists in his last five outings. Jesse Shynkaruk had the other tally for the Blades on Wednesday, the game winner which gives the Saskatoon native a 3 game point streak (3G-1A).

On the other end of the rink, the Kamloops Blazers also picked up a win Wednesday night, 5-4 over the Swift Current Broncos. Colin Shirley and Nick Chyzowski lead the way offensively for Kamloops, each with 12 points in 11 games. Chyzowksi, a hometown boy, has been red hot as of lately, putting up 8 points in his last 4 contests. Between the pipes, Tampa Bay Lightning 3rd round pick, Connor Ingram, has carried the bulk of the work load. In 9 games played the Imperial, SK, product has 4 wins and .923SV%.

Tonight’s matchup features a wealth of Saskatchewan talent. Between the two rosters there is a combined 17 players from the land of the living skies, 8 of which are from the Saskatoon area.

The Line-up and Breakdown: The Blades roster stands at 26 players…2 goaltenders, 7 defencemen and 17 forwards. Of the 26 players, the W-H-L considers 20 of them to be veterans and six to be rookies. By birth year, the roster number breaks down this way…

1996: 4 (Bryton Sayers, Ryan Graham, Jesse Shynkaruk, Kolten Olynek)

1997: 7 (Mason McCarty, Cameron Hebig, Wyatt Sloboshan, Chasetain Braid, Braylon Shmyr, Brock Hamm, Logan Flodell)

1998: 5 (Luke Gingras, Gage Ramsay, Libor Hajek, Nolan Reid, Caleb Fantillo)

1999: 8 (Jantzen Leslie, Jake Kustra, Mark Rubinchik, Cameron Hausinger, Lukus MacKenzie, Logan Christensen, Jackson Caller, Josh Paterson)

2000: 2 (Michael Farren, Chase Wouters)

 The Recent Player Movement: On Wednesday, the Blades and Vancouver got together on a 1-for-1 trade. Saskatoon acquired centre Gage Ramsay from the Giants for fellow 18-year-old, left winger Josh Bruce. Neither player suited up for the game that night between their new teams. Ramsay, a Saskatoon product, is expected to be in the Bridge City Bunch line-up tonight.

Special Teams:

Saskatoon Powerplay –  10/50 (20%)  – Penalty Kill –  27/36 (75%)

Kamloops Powerplay – 10/47 (21.3%) – Penalty Kill – 9/57 (84.2%)

The Infirmary Report:

Centre Cameron Hebig, Upper Body, Week-to-week. Missed 10 games.

Left winger Ryan Graham, Lower Body, day-to-day. Missed 10 games.

Defenceman Jake Kustra, Upper Body, week. Missed 1 game.

Man Games Lost: 28


This Date in Blades History: October 21, 2005…The Blades blanked the Kamloops Blazers 3-0 at Interior Savings Centre. A pair of current NHL goaltenders were between the pipes that evening. Saskatoon’s Anton Khudobin (now with Boston) stopped 25 shots for his second shutout of the season while Devan Dubnyk of Kamloops (now Minnesota) blocked 33 of 36 shots. The Bridge City Bunch goal-scorers were Wacey Rabbit, Devin Setoguchi and Aaron Bader in front of 5,207 fans.

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