Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Questionable Look At This Week’s Top 10:

We’ll it’s Tuesday and after giving thanks on the weekend. Here are a few of my head scratchers from the week that was:

10 Does Chris Getzlaf deserve to be benched? His key drop at the start of the 3rd Quarter on Saturday could have and should have been a game changer. The Green and White are going to need that catch if they want to host a home play-off game, not to mention playing in their own Grey Cup.

9 Why do the Riders seem to run the ball with Kory Sheets on the majority of first down plays? Having the opportunity to stand beside Edmonton Defensive Coordinator Greg Marshall he was calling to his defence seconds prior to snap what the Rider play would be by their formation. This Rider tendency is allowing defences to shut them down on first down and force second and long, to which the Green and White seemed to be in all afternoon on Saturday.

Alex Not In A Thanksgiving Moodie

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock:

The Saskatoon Blades are winners for 4-straight and 5 of their past 6 games thanks to a big road effort from Alex Moodie and company on Monday afternoon in Moose Jaw. Moodie stopped 40 of the 41 shots he faced as the Blades walked into Moose Jaw and walked out with a 2-1 win.

Special teams were the theme early in the game between the Blades and Warriors. Each team had two chances on the man advantage within the first dozen minutes of the game, but as has been the theme lately, the goalies in Alex Moodie and Justin Paulic were strong between the pipes. The Blades first real good chance of the game came with about 7:10 to play in the first when Blades leading point man Nathan Burns toe-dragged around a defender, creating a 2 on 1, but his shot attempt was blocked before it could hit the net. Another good chance for Saskatoon came minutes later when Nikita Scherbak took a quick, neat feed from Collin Valcourt beside the Warrior cage, but his shot was ripped high and wide past Paulic. The Warriors best chance came with a second on the clock in the period when Alex Moodie’s left glove hand robbed a neat deflection from Brayden Point as he stood on the goal mouth. The chance came on the PP with Clayton Kirichenko serving a four minute double minor for a checking from behind penalty following a hit on Bryson Gore. Shots were 12-8 through 20 minutes for the Warriors as each team was 0 for 2 on the PP in the frame, with Moose Jaw starting the second on the man advantage.

Hilltops Set For Play-Off Push:

PHOTOS COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Hilltops are heading into the post-season on a winning note after topping the Calgary Colts 37-6 At Gordie Howe Bowl Sunday afternoon.

The win pushes the Hilltops record to 7-and-1 while the Colts will finish the season with an 0h-and-8 record.

Despite the mis-match on paper this game was much closer than some would have anticipated.

The Hilltops opened the scoring on a 10-yard Matt Karpinka pass to Graham Unrah at 12:30 0f the opening quarter to give the Hilltops a 7-nothing advantage. The play, however, was set up by a 29 yard run by Andre LaLonde, his longest of the day.

Hilltops Keys To Victory:

The Saskatoon Hilltops will close out the regular season this afternoon as they host the winless Calgary Colts.

The Toppers have already wrapped up first place in the Prairie Football Conference, however, Head Coach Tom Sargent has made no secret of his desire to see the team elevate their play headed into the post season.

Calgary, meanwhile will look to do what the Edmonton Huskies did two years ago. The then winless Huskies came into Saskatoon and upset the Hilltops who substituted liberally.

Riders Almost Let Win Slip Through Their Fingers:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders picked up their 10th win of the season and ended the post season hopes of the Edmonton Eskimos with a 14-9 victory in front of more than 33,000 fans at Mosaic Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Green and White surrendered an early 3-nothing lead before scoring a pair of majors in the second quarter to head into halftime with a 14-3 lead.

In the second play from scrimmage in the second half Darian Durant rolled to his left and seemingly hit Chris Getzlaf in stride as he was all alone behind the Eskimos secondary. The pass would slip through his fingers and force the Riders to punt.

Edmonton would then score a long Grant Shaw field goal and then force the Riders into a safety after an errant long snap.

Blades Harvest Wheaties:

The Saskatoon Blades have now won four of their past five games and have points in all of those five games following a 5-3 road win in Brandon on Saturday night.  The Blades scored four times in an explosive second period to pace them to victory, while goalie Alex Moodie was also strong again in net.

The Saskatoon Blades struck first in the game and it was a newcomer to the team getting on the board.  At 7:57 of the period, recently acquired forward Cory Millette walked a puck off the right boards, into the slot and he ripped a shot past Brandon goalie Jordan Papirny.  The goal for Millette was his first of the year, first as a Blade and came in only his second game with the team.  Ryan Graham and Matt Revel drew the assists on the opening tally.  After that, Alex Moodie was a story for Saskatoon.  The Blades goaltender was perfect on all 12 of the shots he faced in the first 20 minutes.  The two best stops came on Ryley Lindgren and Tim McGauley.  The save on Lindgren came with about 7 minutes left in the period when the forward unleashed a shot while on a 2 on 1 rush, but Moodie got his right arm on the puck.  A 3 on 3 rush in the final minute led to the McGauley chance as the former Blades prospect’s hard shot bounced off the chest of Moodie and into the corner.  The Millette goal was the lone tally of period one, with the shots finishing at 12-5 for the Wheat Kings.  There were three penalties in period one.  Cameron Hebig took a holding penalty early for Saskatoon, while the Blades also took a penalty late in the first period as Collin Valcourt was called for hooking during the late 3 on 3 rush by Brandon.

Blades Slice Into Broncos:

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades have extended their point streak to a four games thanks to a 2-1 home ice victory Friday night at Credit Union Centre.

The game remained scoreless until the early stages of the third period when Andrew Johnson broke the bubble putting Swift Current up 1-nothing 3:16 into the frame.

The Blades would then tie the game 46-seconds later when Nikita Scherbak would score on the power play.

10-minutes later the Blades Nathan Burns who has been on a tear this week would tally the winner from Nelson Nogier and Collin Valcourt.

Blades Set To Buck The Broncos

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades are back on home ice tonight as they host the Swift Current Broncos.  The Blades are looking to pick up at least a point for the 4th straight game and are coming off a 6-1 victory over Vancouver on Wednesday.

Last Game Recap

The Saskatoon Blades kept their point streak alive on Wednesday night against the Giants, thanks to an explosive third period.  Saskatoon led 1-0 entering the third thanks to a David Nemecek first period marker.  A goal from former Blade Dalton Thrower at 5:02 of the third seemed to wake up Saskatoon as just over two minutes later Nick Zajac gave Saskatoon a 2-1 lead with his first of the season.  Ryan Graham then made it 3-1 at 9:49 before Zajac netted his second of the night just over a minute later.  Nelson Nogier then got in on the act as he scored his first career WHL goal off a Giants defensive miscue at 13:59.  Graham Millar then finished off the scoring at 19:33 while on the PP as he scored his second of the year.  Zajac’s three point performance led to his selection as first star, with Alex Moodie taking home second star after 25 saves.  On special teams, the Blades were 1 for 9 on the PP and 5 for 5 on the PK.

Dis N’ Dat With Some Award Winners: Then The Kids Take Over Thanksgiving!

First off, Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

In the spirit of the weekend I thought I would share some thoughts from my son’s Kindergarten class and their ideas on how to cook a turkey! That’s coming up!

Also in place of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat…. I decided with the long weekend here it’s time to hand out my first ever, “Golden Turkey Awards.”

So let’s introduce you to the winners first before the kids…

The Golden Turkey for “What are you doing?” goes to the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez! Last week, A-Rod launched a lawsuit against Major League Baseball essentially for defamation of character. MLB apparently isn’t too worried about the suit saying that A-Rod never wins anything in October anyway.

Blades Make Trio Of Roster Moves:

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce that they have acquired forward Cory Millette from the Red Deer Rebels.  In exchange for the 1995-born left-winger, the Blades have dealt 1996-born forward Evan Polei to the Rebels.

Millette is currently in his third full season in the WHL, having played two games with the Rebels so far in 2013-14.  Millette has appeared in 106 career WHL games, all with the Rebels, posting 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points to go along with 48 PIMs.

The 5’11, 188 pound forward is from Storthoaks, Saskatchewan and was originally selected by the Rebels in the second round, 34th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.  He played his midget hockey with the Notre Dame Hounds and also played in the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Championships, posting 4 points in 5 games.