Blades, Riders And Hurricanes All At CUC Tonight!

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The Saskatoon Blades look to extend their point streak to three games to kick off 2014 as they play host to the Lethbridge Hurricanes tonight. The Blades are coming off of a 4-3 shootout loss in Regina last night as Troy Trombley was the story as the goaltender took home first star honours thanks to a 43 save night. The Blades got all of their goals from the blueline, with Ayrton Nikkel, Graeme Craig and Clayton Kirichenko all finding the back of the net. Special teams was also key for the Blades as they were 1 for 3 on the PP and perfect on the PK by going 3 for 3.

2013-14 Season Series

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

October 19th – Blades 5 – Hurricanes 8 – Graeme Craig had 1G, 3A. Nikita Scherbak and Nathan Burns had 3PTS each.

November 22nd – Hurricanes 2 Blades 5 – Nikita Scherbak had 2G, 1A while Alex Moodie made 39 saves in goal.

January 4th –

February 5th –

Clayton Honoured For December

Saskatoon Blades forward Chase Clayton has been recognized as the team’s Heinrichs Jewellery Player Of The Month for December. Clayton joins Nikita Scherbak and Collin Valcourt as Blades players who have won the award previously this season. Clayton posted a pair of goals and an assist in 11 December games, while embracing a big penalty killing and leadership role for Saskatoon. Clayton will be honoured on January 8th as the Blades play host to his former team the Hitmen.

Getting Sanvido And Sloboshan From Swift

The Saskatoon Blades pulled the trigger on a deal during their game Wednesday, acquiring Connor Sanvido (1993), Wyatt Sloboshan (1997), a 2nd round pick (2014) and a conditional 3rd round pick (2015) from Swift Current. In exchange for the package, the Blades dealt Nathan Burns and a 7th round pick (2014) to the Broncos. Sanvido is form Maple Ridge, BC. He’s currently on pace for a career-year in 2013-14, having registered 12 goals, 26 points and 21 PIMs to go along with a +13 rating in 40 games. Sloboshan is a 5’10, 164 pound forward who is spending his season playing Midget-AAA with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep. In 30 games, he’s put up 19 goals and 54 points. He was a 3rd round pick in 2012 by Swift Current.

World Travellers

The Blades currently have several members of the organization away at various international events. Defenceman David Nemecek is currently playing with Team Czech Republic at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden. Athletic Trainer Steve ‘Hilty’ Hildebrand is also at the event, representing Team Canada. Meanwhile, Blades forward Cameron Hebig and prospect Wyatt Sloboshan are currently representing Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia.

Bringing In Busenius

The Blades acquired 1993-born defenceman Dylan Busenius along with 2nd and 5th round selections in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft from Prince Albert last weekend. In exchange for the package, the Blades dealt 1993-born left-winger Collin Valcourt and 1995-born defenceman Ryan Coghlan to the Raiders. Busenius currently has 4 points in 2 games as a member of the Blades, including registering his 100th career regular season WHL point on Wednesday against the Broncos.

Upcoming Schedule

Saskatoon Blades @ Medicine Hat Tigers – January 7th

Calgary Hitmen @ Saskatoon Blades – January 8th

Saskatoon Blades @ Swift Current Broncos – January 10th

Injury List – 58 man games lost to injury

Nelson Nogier – Upper Body

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