Blades Look To Weather The Storm

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (4-7-0) continue a season-long six-game homestand tonight as they face off against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (2-8-1). … The Hurricanes are coming off a stunner, defeating the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 in a shootout this past Wednesday night at Rexall Place. Stuart Skinner made 46 saves, in addition to a perfect, three-for-three effort in the shootout, stoning Lane Bauer, Brett Pollock and Edgars Kulda. … Jamal Watson scored the shootout winner. … Riley Sheen leads the Hurricanes in scoring, tallying three goals and five assists for eight points in 11 games.

LAST TIME OUT: Nik Amundrud recorded his first-career win in the Western Hockey League, posting 31 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. Offensively, Alex Forsberg scored twice, while Cameron Hebig (first of the season), Isaac Schacher (first as a Blade) and Josh Uhrich (first as a Blade) did the rest, securing the Blades’ fourth win in five games. … For the second straight game, Forsberg tallied a pair of goals, extended his lead in team scoring to 10 points (6G, 4A) in 11 games. … The Blades are now only two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, trailing the Eastern Division rival Prince Albert Raiders.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Alex Moodie will get the start in goal tonight for the Blades. The 19-year-old has a 3-2-0 record with a 4.00 goals-against average and .879 save percentage, and has a combined 97 saves in his three victories this year. Amundrud, coming off his first-career win, will back him up.

SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS: The Blades’ power-play continues to produce, operating at a 25 percent clip (10-for-40), good enough for fourth in the league. The PK has been equally as productive of late, coming off a perfect (4-for-4) night vs. Kootenay and improving to 14th with a 78.6 percent success rate.

GOING STREAKING: Alex Forsberg is now on a four-game point streak. He has five goals and seven points in that span dating back to Oct. 15’s road win over the Swift Current Broncos. … Sam McKechnie is also on a four-game point streak, recording two goals and six points in the same stretch.

INJURY REPORT: Nick Zajac (upper body) has missed the past two games and is questionable for tonight’s contest; Ryan Coghlan (shoulder) left Wednesday’s game after a second-period fight with Ice forward River Beattie. Coghlan is day-to-day and will not play tonight.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Reassigned defenceman Cole Bevan to the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL (Junior A) on Oct. 18.

MILESTONES: Blades captain Brett Stovin played his 200th career WHL game on Saturday, Oct. 18 vs. Edmonton.

UP NEXT: The Blades wrap up their six-game homestand with dates against the Portland Winterhawks (Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:05pm) and Moose Jaw Warriors (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:05pm).

AT A GLANCE:

2014-15 LEADING SCORERS:

Alex Forsberg: 11GP-6G-4A-10PTS
Sam McKechnie: 9GP-3G-6A-9PTS
Wyatt Sloboshan: 11GP-3G-5A-8PTS
Cory Millette: 11GP-4G-3A-7PTS
Adam Henry: 10GP-0G-6A-6PTS

2014-15 SPECIAL TEAMS:

PP: 10-for-40, 25.0% (4th); PK: 44-for-56, 78.6% (14th)

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