Saskatoon, SK – Fans at SaskTel Centre were treated to an intense division rivalry Friday night as the Saskatoon Blades won their 4th straight game with a 3-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Blades improve to 19-22-5-1 on the season, now 4 points ahead of both Edmonton and Calgary in the Eastern Conference and holding onto the final playoff spot.
Braylon Shmyr opened the scoring for Saskatoon against his former team 7:32 into the first period. Shmyr banked a shot off a Brandon defender from below the goal line for his team leading 25th goal this season. Bryton Sayers had the lone helper as Saskatoon took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
In the middle frame, Caleb Fantillo buried a rebound past Logan Thompson to increase the Blades’ lead to 2-0. It was just Fantillo’s 4th goal of the season, but his 2nd point in as many games. Libor Hájek had the primary assist while Dryden Michaud had the second helper in his first game back since December 28th after suffering an upper body injury. The assist is Michaud’s first point in the Western Hockey League. The 2-0 lead held up after 40 minutes with both teams going 0/2 on the power play.
In the 3rd period the Wheat Kings pushed to solve Logan Flodell, and eventually they were able to light the lamp. Stelio Mattheos scored 4:08 into the period on the man advantage to cut Saskatoon’s lead in half. Then with the net empty and only 1:03 remaining in the game, Tanner Kaspick snuck a shot underneath Logan Flodell to tie the game.
Both teams exchanged chances in the extra period, but the goaltenders stole the show forcing a shootout. Even three rounds of shooters wasn’t enough to end this one. Reid Duke scored first for Brandon but then Logan Flodell went on the make 4 consecutive saves. At the other end, Jesse Shynkaruk scored and Josh Paterson sniped the eventual winner in the 5th round resulting in the Blades victory.
Logan Flodell was named 1st star for the 2nd straight game stopping 32/34 shots and going 4/5 in the shootout. Logan Thompson was just as solid for the Wheat Kings earning himself 2nd star honours, while Jesse Shynkaruk was named 3rd star. Saskatoon went 0/2 on the power play and 4/5 on the penalty kill.
Saskatoon continues their home stand on Sunday when they welcome the Swift Current Broncos at 2:00pm. It’s a special game for the Blades and the city of Saskatoon as it’s the 2nd annual “Welcome The World” game where hundreds of newcomers to Canada will be in attendance. There will also be a special citizenship ceremony taking place prior to the game. For ticket information, click here.
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