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RECAP: Blades edge ICE 4-3 in game 4 of Pre-Season

The Blades have emerged victorious after their first encounter of any kind with the ICE since their move from Kootenay to Winnipeg. Saskatoon took the Pre-Season meeting 4-3 on Friday night at Sasktel Centre.

The first period saw the Blades get out in front early courtesy of a power-play goal. Colton Dach scored his third goal of the Pre-Season as Kyle Crnkovic’s cross-crease pass made things easy for Dach, deflecting the puck into a wide-open net to start the scoring. Just over a minute later the Blades made quick work of their second man advantage as Scott Walford got the puck off the face-off and walked the blueline before firing home his first goal of the pre-season to double Saskatoon’s lead to two. The Bridge City Bunch then made their lead three as Dach put home his second of the game on a shot from right in front of the net.

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The ICE responded in the second period. Just over two minutes into the frame Cole Muir was able to beat Nolan Maier off a rebound and pull the Winnipeg within two. Five minutes later the ICE added another one, this time on a power-play of their own as former Blade Reece Harsch beat Maier through a screen from the point, making it a one goal game. Saskatoon got one back before the end of the period as Crnkovic found Blades’ 2019 1st Round pick Brandon Lisowsky for his first goal of the Pre-Season. Lisowsky’s goal would eventually prove to be the game-winning-goal.

Saskatoon jumped out of the gates for the third period, outshooting the ICE 8-1 in the first ten minutes. The Blades tightened their defensive play further as the ICE only had the one shot on net for the period up until the 14-minute-mark. With the period looking as if it were going to end scoreless, the ICE pulled their netminder and capitalized – bringing them within one goal with a minute left in regulation. Their rally came too late however, as the Blades held on for their third victory of the 2019 Pre-Season Campaign.

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Maier was his dependable self in net, blocking 31 of 34 shots he faced for a .912 save percentage.

Kyle Crnkovic’s two point (2A) night brings his 2019 Pre-Season Point total up to 7 (3G-4A). Colton Dach’s 2 goal evening brings his point tally for the Pre-Season to 5 (4G-1A), while Scott Walford earned his first two points (1G-1A) of any kind while wearing the Blue & Gold.

The ICE & Blades will do battle again immediately on Saturday, September 14th, at SaskTel Centre with puck drop at 7:00pm.

With the Winnipeg Ice joining the East Division of the WHL, they will square off against the Blades six times across the 2019-20 Regular Season.

Come see Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette, Kelly Taylor and Wendel Clark host a VIP panel while tailgating for the 2019-20 Home Opener against the Prince Albert Raiders – click here to buy tickets 

 

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