Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Blades 5 Wheat Kings 4 SO

The Blades saw their 10-game home winning streak nearly slip away from them tonight. The Blades went into the season series against Brandon at an even 1-1 and came out with the 2-1 lead.

The Blades got off to a strong start and took a 3-1 lead in the first frame, starting with 17-year-old Darren Dietz who scored the opening goal. David Toews, a point-leader for the Wheat Kings against the Blades, scored a goal to tie the period, 1-1. The next three goals were for the Blades. Ryan Olsen took two whacks at the puck and made the second one count, for his second goal in two nights. Josh Nicholls, through the scramble in front of the net, made a connection to finish the period off. Ferland and Dziurzynski received majors after they swung fists.

Viedensky scored the only goal of the second period. Curtis Hamilton made his debut back to the Saskatoon Blades after playing for Team Canada in the WJHC with the assist. Stefan Elliott also received an assist on the goal. The Blades left the ice with a 4-1 lead.

Back-to-back goals for the Wheat Kings within 22 seconds are what fired up the 3rd period, bringing the Wheaties within one point. Brenden Walker connected for the third straight goal from Brandon and a tied score of 4-4. The Blades made the decision to switch up goaltenders and Adam Morrison took over for Steven Stanford.

Adam Morrison made four saves in overtime, but with neither team getting a goal, the game was forced into a shootout.

First shooter for the Blades, Jake Trask, deked and slipped the puck behind the goaltender. None of the Wheat Kings made it past netminder Adam Morrison and the Blades won in the shootout 5-4.

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