Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatoon Blades won their second straight game doubling up on the Red Deer Rebels Saturday night 4-2. The Blades are now 17-22-5-1 and currently tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at 40 points with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Edmonton does have a game in hand over the Blades, but Saskatoon looks to be building momentum as they will continue their home stand next week.
The Blades opened the scoring on the man advantage as 16 year old rookie Michael Farren buried a rebound for his 4th goal of the season. Bryton Sayers picked up the lone assist on the goal to give the Blades an early 1-0 lead and get the crowd energized. The slim lead held up after 20 minutes, with the visiting Rebels leading on the shot clock 7-4.
In the middle frame it was all Rebels as Evan Polei scored a pair of goals to give Red Deer a 2-1 lead. Despite being a physical contest, only two minor penalties were assessed in the first 40 minutes of play; both going to the Rebels.
In the final period Saskatoon looked poised for a comeback, and they got to work early. Saskatoon product Gage Ramsay took a pass in the high slot from Michael Farren and ripped his 6th of the season past Lasse Petersen. Ramsay’s tally came again on the power play for the Blades. Farren had the single helper giving him back to back multi point outings. Shortly after the tying goal, Josh Paterson was called for delay of game after flipping the puck over the glass from his own end putting the Rebels on the power play for the first time in the game. But Lukus MacKenzie had other plans as the 17 year old winger chipped the puck out into the neutral zone creating a breakaway for himself. MacKenzie pump faked and opened up Petersen to slide his 6th goal of the season five hole, short handed to put Saskatoon back in front 3-2.
Jesse Shynkaruk added an empty netter as Saskatoon skated to a 4-2 victory. Logan Flodell stopped 20/22 shots faced for his 12th win on the year, while the Blades power play went 2/4 on the night. The penalty kill was a perfect 1/1 with one short handed goal. The Saskatoon Blades return to action on home ice Wednesday to host the Medicine Hat Tigers.