Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatoon Blades came away with an important single point on Wednesday, falling 2-1 to the Everett Silvertips in the 4th round of the shootout. The Blades are now 23-26-5-2 on the season with 53 points; still 3 points ahead of the Calgary Hitmen for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Kirby Dach scored the lone goal for the Blades, a deflection past Carter Hart in the opening period. Arjun Atwal fed the puck to Bryton Sayers who blasted a shot from the point. Sayers’ assist gives him 23 on the season, moving into the lead for helpers on the team.
Everett answered back in the middle frame as Dominic Zwerger slid one five-hole past Brock Hamm to even the game at 1-1. The score would hold up through regulation as Brock Hamm and Carter Hart were engaged in a goaltenders duel.
The extra period of 3-on-3 hockey also wasn’t enough for either team to light the lamp, forcing a shootout. Jesse Shynkaruk scored on Saskatoon’s first attempt, but it ended up being the only Blades goal. Orrin Centazzo scored in the 2nd round for Everett and then Riley Sutter ended the game in the 4th round.
Brock Hamm made 28 saves for Saskatoon, earning 2nd star honours. Carter Hart stopped 30/31 at the other end for Everett, good enough for 1st star of the game. Neither team was successful on the power play; Saskatoon went 0/1 and killed off all 3 chances for Everett.
This wraps up the longest home stretch of the season for the Saskatoon Blades after going 3-3-0-1 over the last 7 games at SaskTel Centre. Thursday the Blades will hit the road to Cranbrook in preparation of Friday night’s tilt with the Kootenay ICE. From there, Saskatoon will stop in Lethbridge on Saturday night to take on the Hurricanes before closing out the road trip on Sunday in an important matchup in Calgary versus the Hitmen.
Next home game for the Blades is on Wednesday, February 22nd, versus the Regina Pats.