Blades Look To Get Back In Win Column

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades look to get back into the win column tonight as they play host to the Calgary Hitmen. The Blades had their 3-game point streak to begin 2014 snapped last night on the road in Medicine Hat. The Blades got a late game-tying goal from Cory Millette in the 3rd period before Chad Butcher pounced on a rebound in the final 5 minutes, scoring the eventual game-winner. Millette took home 2nd star honours in the game while Blades goalie Troy Trombley was the 3rd star as he made 36 saves on 38 shots. On special teams the two teams combined to go 0 for 7 on the PP.

2013-14 Season Series

Tonight’s game is the second game of the season between the Blades and the Hitmen. The season series has gone as follows:

October 17th – Blades 3 Hitmen 4 (so) – Nikita Scherbak had 2G, Alex Moodie made 40 saves in goal

Tonight –

February 14th –

March 8th –

Meeting Former Mates

Former Calgary Hitmen forward Chase Clayton meets his former team for the first time as a member of the Blades tonight. Clayton was acquired by the Blades back on October 20th after spending parts of 4 seasons with Calgary, appearing in 183 regular season games. In those games, the 22nd overall pick from the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by Calgary posted 21 goals and 62 points. Since arriving in Saskatoon, Clayton has put up 4 goals and 9 points in 30 games. He will also be recognized tonight as the Blades Heinrichs Jewellery Player Of The Month for December.

Naming New Leaders

The Saskatoon Blades have named a new trio of alternate captains to join team captain Graeme Craig. The new group consists of Nick Zajac, Brett Stovin and Dylan Busenius, who was acquired from Prince Albert at the end of December. The naming of new alternate captains was made necessary following the trading of Nathan Burns and Collin Valcourt to Swift Current and Prince Albert respectively, along with the potentially season-ending injury to defenceman Nelson Nogier.

Trombley Standing Tall

The Blades have been getting solid goaltending from Sherwood Park, Alberta product Troy Trombley since the start of December. The 6’6 goaltender has put up at least a .900 save percentage in each of his past 11 appearances. Over the stretch, he’s posted a 2.83 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Included in that are starts in each of the Blades four games of 2014, registering two wins, a loss and a shootout loss to go with a 2.45 GAA and .941 save percentage.

World Travellers

The Blades have had a number of members of the organization away at various international events over the last few weeks. Defenceman David Nemecek dressed in 5 games for Team Czech Republic at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden, registering 2 shots, 2 PIMs and a -4 rating. Athletic Trainer Steve ‘Hilty’ Hildebrand was also at the event, representing Team Canada. Meanwhile, Blades centre Cameron Hebig and prospect Wyatt Sloboshan represented Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia. Hebig posted a goal and two assists in 5 games for Team West.

Upcoming Schedule

Saskatoon Blades @ Swift Current Broncos – January 10th

Regina Pats @ Saskatoon Blades – January 11th

Injury List – 60 man games lost to injury

Nelson Nogier – Upper Body

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