Blades Open Home Stand Tonight: Sign Prospect

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades kick off a stretch of 5-straight games on home ice tonight by closing out their season-series with the Regina Pats. The Blades are coming off a 4-1 win in Red Deer on Saturday night. In that game, the Blades surrendered the opening goal of the game before getting tallies from Chase Clayton, Brett Stovin and Ryan Graham (2) to pick up three out of four points during their weekend trip to Alberta. Nikita Scherbak and Dylan Busenius added two assists each in the win while Troy Trombley stopped 41 shots. On special teams the Blades were 1 for 2 on the PP and 4 for 4 on the PK.

2013-14 Season Series

Tonight’s game marks the eighth and final meeting of the regular season between the Blades and Pats. Season series results:

October 6th – Blades 4 Pats 5 (SO) – Nathan Burns had 4 goals, Nikita Scherbak had 4 assists, Troy Trombley had 27 saves

December 7th – Pats 3 Blades 2 – Cory Millette and Brett Stovin had 1G, 1A each, Troy Trombley made 46 saves

December 13th – Pats 5 Blades 3 – Nikita Scherbak had 2G, 1A, 1998-born Nolan Reid registered his first career WHL point

January 3rd – Blades 3 Pats 4 (SO) – Blades got goals from defencemen Kirichenko, Craig and Nikkel in the loss

January 11th – Pats 6 Blades 2 – Cameron Hebig and Connor Sanvido had the goals, Troy Trombley made 26 saves

January 31st – Blades 0 Pats 6 – Troy Trombley made 41 saves for Saskatoon while 5 Pats had multi-point games

February 8th – Blades 3 Pats 7 – Austin Adamson had his 2nd career WHL goal, Troy Trombley made 55 saves

Booyah!

The voice of the Saskatoon Blades celebrated a massive milestone in the booth on Saturday night as Les Lazaruk called his 1500th Blades game. The product of Winnipeg has lived in Saskatoon and called Blades action since the 1994-95 season. To commemorate the occasion, Lazaruk will be honoured prior to the Blades game tonight against Regina.

Scher-bak With A Vengeance

Saskatoon Blades leading scorer Nikita Scherbak returned to the lineup over the weekend after missing 6 consecutive games with an upper-body injury. The Russian right-winger had been injured late in the Blades game on January 29th against the Prince George Cougars. Scherbak extended his point streak to 7 games on Saturday after registering two assist s in Red Deer. The 2014 NHL Draft prospect leads the Blades and WHL rookies in scoring with 26 goals and 68 points this season.

Clayton Cashing In

Saskatoon Blades veteran Chase Clayton has picked up the offensive slack over the last stretch of games. He enters play tonight with a three-game point streak and points in 4 of his past 5 games. The Blades December Player Of The Month has put up 16 points in 46 games since joining Saskatoon following a deal with the Calgary Hitmen earlier this season. During the 2013-14 year Clayton has registered 8 goals and 21 points in 57 games.

Upcoming Schedule

Regina Pats @ Saskatoon Blades – February 19th

Victoria Royals @ Saskatoon Blades – February 22nd

Moose Jaw Warriors @ Saskatoon Blades – February 25th

Kootenay Ice @ Saskatoon Blades – February 28th

Injury List – 105 man games lost to injury

Nelson Nogier – Upper Body
Ross Hnidy – Lower Body
Connor Sanvido – Upper Body
Nick Gomerich – Illness
Cory Millette – Upper Body

 

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The Saskatoon Blades and general manager Lorne Molleken are extremely pleased to formally announce the signing of prospect Chasetan Braid to a standard Western Hockey League Education Contract.

The 6’1 left-winger from Chauvin, Alberta was originally listed by Saskatoon in early 2013 after attending training camp with Saskatoon in the fall of 2012.

“Chasetan is a player that has shown steady improvement from the start of this year and since the time we added him to our list,” said Saskatoon Blades general manager Lorne Molleken.  “He was a standout player at this year’s Mac’s AAA Midget Tournament, is a good two-way forward and we feel he has the potential to play at the Western Hockey League level.”

Braid is one of the top scorers in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League, where he plays with the Lloydminster Bobcats.  The 1997-born forward has put up 15 goals and 32 points in 35 games to along with 3 powerplay goals, 3 game-winning goals and 36 PIMs.

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