Kennewick, WA – The Saskatoon Blades have emerged 2-1 victors on Wednesday evening following a hard-fought battle against the Tri-City Americans. Blades’ goaltender Nolan Maier led from the back, making 34 saves on 35 shots faced over the course of the evening.
Following a tense & scoreless 40 minutes of play, Tristen Robins opened the scoring at the 3:35 mark the third period with a breakaway goal set up by Riley McKay. The goal is Robins’ 9th of the season.
Nolan Kneen then scored the game winning goal just 30 seconds later off of a slick cross-crease pass from Matej Toman via Colton Dach. The goal was Kneen’s sixth of the season and his fourth game-winning-goal of the campaign.
The Americans got one back before the end of the game, however Maier & the boys held steady for a gritty win. Robins & Maier were named 3rd and 1st Star in the post-game ceremony. Meanwhile Beck Warm, Tri-City’s netminder, stopped 43 of 45 shots the Blades sent his way to earn 2nd Star honours. Saskatoon went perfect on the penalty kill with six straight kills.
The Blades are now on the road home to Saskatoon but will make two more stops before arriving at their final destination starting with a Friday night matchup against the red-hot Hurricanes in Lethbridge. Puck drop is at 8:00pm CST.
Saskatoon’s next home game is on December 7th for Girls Rock! Night against the Kelowna Rockets, featuring a pre-game empowerment talk from NASCAR Pinty’s Series Driver Shantel Kalika & the Saskatoon Valkyries of the WWCFL.
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