Blades Plunder Win From Raiders

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades scored a hard-working 3-1 win over the Prince Albert Raiders Friday night at Credit Union Centre.

The Bridge City Bunch were unable to clear the puck from their own end in the first three minutes of the hockey game earning a rousing ovation from the 4,828 at Credit Union Centre.

The Blades would, however, make the most of their first scoring chance as Cory Millette would score on a breakaway with a little over six minutes gone in the opening period.

The Blades would then turn the game over to goaltender Troy Tombley who was outstanding. The big tender would turn Prince Albert away time and time again until the Blades were able to push a second puck past Cole Chevaldave with 6:32 to go in the final frame. Nick Zajac would pot his 9th of the season to give the Blades some insurance.

And the Blades would need it as the Raiders went into full desperation mode pulling their goaltender with just over 2:30 remaining in the game. The move would pay off as Jayden Hart would get the Raiders back to within one with 1:40 to go.

The comeback was not to be as a furious forecheck by Saskatoon’s Brett Stovin would see him knock the puck off of a Prince Albert stick and into the empty net to restore the Blades two goal buldge and give them their first win over their Northern rivals this season.

The Blades are back on the ice tonight when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings at Credit Union Centre.

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