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Three Dub Teams Crack Top 10

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the thirteenth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Blades Dropped Their 7th Straight

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The Blades saw their losing streak slide to 7 games on Tuesday night as they dropped a 3-1 game on home ice to the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Edmonton scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the game, with Henrik Samuelsson earning first star honours

The game had a bit of a tentative start, with the first set of good chances coming from the Blades as the pair of Brett Stovin and Cory Millette generated some nice traffic in front near the five minute mark.  Shortly after that, the Oil Kings came close to opening the score as a point shot beat Blades starter Troy Trombley through traffic, but didn’t beat the post as it rang off the iron.  Then on the powerplay, the Oil Kings got on the board for real.  Curtis Lazar scored his 19th of the season at 8:14 when he tapped home a rebound off an Ashton Sautner point shot to make it 1-0.  Saskatoon nearly answered back shortly after the goal when Matt Revel fed Cory Millette on a 2-1, with Millette just missing on his attempt on Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry.  Saskatoon had two more great chances before the period was up with Cameron Hebig hitting a crossbar and Revel just missing wide on a nearly open cage.  But, the Oil Kings took their 1-0 lead into the first intermission with the shots sitting at 13-8 in favour of the visitors.

Portland Adds Big Piece

The Portland Winterhawks have added a big piece to their roster.

The Portland Winterhawks have acquired the rights to Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba along with a conditional bantam draft pick from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for forward Presten Kopeck and conditional picks.

Dumba, 19, was selected seventh overall in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Wild, and has played 13 games with the Wild this season.

Should Dumba be returned to the WHL this season by the Wild, he’d continue a successful junior career. Last season with Red Deer he totaled 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 62 games, and in 199 games over four seasons with the Rebels, Dumba has career totals of 51 goals and 76 assists for 127 points. Red Deer selected Dumba fourth overall in the 2009 Bantam Draft.

Saskatoon’s Stephenson POTW

The Western Hockey League announced today that Regina Pats’ forward Chandler Stephenson is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 8, 2013.

Stephenson scored four goals and added two assists for six points along with a +6 rating in three road games this past week, leading the Pats to a 2-1-0-0 record in that span.

On Wednesday, December 4th, Stephenson scored two goals and was named the game’s 2nd Star as the Pats suffered a 5-4 loss to the Wheat Kings in Brandon, MB. On Friday, December 6th, Stephenson tallied two goals and an assist with a +3 rating while earning 1st Star honors in a 5-4 shootout victory in Moose Jaw over the Warriors. On Saturday, December 7th, Stephenson picked up an assist on the game-winning goal, extending his point streak to five games, as the Pats posted a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades.

Not So Home Sweet Home For Blades:

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The Saskatoon Blades put on a furious effort late in the game on Saturday night, but still dropped a 3-2 decision to the Regina Pats. Dyson Stevenson took home first star honours in the game, scoring a pair of goals for Regina.

The game started off with a fight as a pair of veterans dropped the mitts a few minutes into the game as Dyson Stevenson took on the reigning Blades player of the month in Collin Valcourt. The two forwards exchanged punches near the Pats blueline as Valcourt earned the take down. The shots at that point of the frame were 6-1 for the Pats and they kept that pressure on, only to be stymied by Blades goalie Troy Trombley. With 12:30 remaining Dryden Hunt was left wide open in front. His deke to the backhand left Trombley out of position, but Hunt was robbed on his attempt by a diving play by the Blades goaltender. After several other good chances, the Pats finally broke through Trombley on the powerplay. A point shot was stopped by Trombley, but Hunt got his revenge, finding the rebound on the doorstep and scoring his 2nd of the season at 18:05 to make it 1-0. That was the only offence of the period, as the Blades were outshot 20-4 in the period.

Blades Are Back In Town: Going Retro

The Saskatoon Blades (10-19-1-2) are back on home ice to play host to the Regina Pats tonight. The Blades are fresh off their US Division road trip, which they wrapped up on Wednesday night in Spokane.

Last Game Recap

The Saskatoon Blades closed out their US road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night. WHL leading scorer Mitch Holmberg did the offensive damage for the Chiefs, scoring a pair of shorthanded goals in the first period. The Blades scored an early 2nd period goal with Brett Stovin netting his 8th of the year, with Matt Revel and Cory Millette drawing the assists. Eric Williams was the other story in the game, as the Spokane goaltender was the first star, making 27 saves including a number of highlight reel stops. The teams combined to go 0 for 9 with the man advantage in the game, with the Chiefs holding the shot advantage by a count of 39-28.

Blades Blanked On Road:

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The Saskatoon Blades saved arguably their best effort of their road trip for last on Wednesday night, but just came up short in a 2-1 loss to the Spokane Chiefs. Mitch Holmberg scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the game, adding to his league-leading tally, while Eric Williams was also a big key in the victory for Spokane.

The game started with a pair of fantastic saves, one from each goaltender. Troy Trombley started for Saskatoon and he got in the game early. He stopped a Tyler King point shot with 17:23 to play in the first, then robbed Adam Helewka on the rebound after he looked to have a wide open cage. Then it was Eric Williams chance to show his stuff for the Chiefs. He robbed Austin Adamson on a dynamite chance five minutes into the period. He also robbed Chase Clayton several minutes later on a sliding pad save that looked to be a sure goal. Those saves would be key for Spokane as they then turned to their star for offence. With Tyler King in the penalty box for tripping, Mitch Holmberg took a feed from Liam Stewart on the penalty kill as he was left wide open in the slot. The WHL’s leading scorer didn’t miss as he deked Trombley and slid it fivehole at 17:51 for a 1-0 lead. Then the Blades came close on their own chance as a wild scramble led to a shot off the post before the Chiefs went back the other way. A wild scramble ensued around the Blades net, with Trombley making a pair of saves before the puck squirted to a wide open Holmberg and he wasn’t about to miss from the low slot. He ripped the puck home for his 33rd of the year and 2nd shorthanded goal of the night to make it 2-0 at 19:29. The shots ended up at 10-7 in the period for the Chiefs, with the teams combining to go 0 for 3 on the PP.

3 Dub Clubs Crack Top 10:

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the twelfth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Blades Set To Close Out Road Trip

The Saskatoon Blades look to head home on a positive note as they close out their US Division road trip tonight against the Spokane Chiefs.

The Blades saw their record fall to 0-4 on the trip last night as they dropped a 3-1 decision in Kennewick, Washington against the Tri-City Americans.  It was the first period that ended up costing the Blades as the Americans scored all three of their goals in the opening 20 minutes.  The Americans also got a pair of those goals on the man advantage, forcing the Blades to attempt to play catchup.  A second period tally from Logan Harland provided some offence for the Blades, but Eric Comrie had the rest of the answers for the Americans as he made 25 saves on 26 shots to pick up the victory.

The Blades will be looking to a specific veteran in their lineup tonight to try and push them back into the win column. A familiar face returns to Spokane tonight when Collin Valcourt suits up for Saskatoon.  The left winger from Red Deer, Alberta suited up in 163 regular season and 29 playoff games for the Chiefs during his two and a half years with the franchise.  Over that time, the 6’2, 216 pound forward scored 39 goals and added 51 assists.  The Blades acquired Valcourt at the January 10th trade deadline last season.  He’s currently on pace to set career high totals in goals, assists, points and +/- in 2013-14.

The Blades dropped the only game between these two teams during the 2012-13 season, falling by a count of 4-1 on home ice on December 5th, 2012.  Spokane got two goals in the first, one in the second and one in third in the win, with those coming off the stick’s of Todd Fiddler, Liam Stewart, Blake Gal and Mitch Holmberg.  The Blades outshot the Chiefs by a score of 31-22, getting their lone goal from Matej Stransky.

Blades Still Oh-For USA

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The Saskatoon Blades dropped a 3-1 decision to the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday night.  The loss came after the Americans capitalized on a trio of chances in the opening 20 minutes, doing all of their offensive damage in the first period.

The teams traded chances to open the game.  The first came off the stick of Chase Clayton as he walked through the slot and fired, only to be stopped by Eric Comrie.  The Blades recovered the rebound and David Nemecek had his own chance but was also stopped.  After a Taylor Vickerman shot off the post, the Americans went to the powerplay after Graeme Craig was called for roughing on a hard hit.  Vickerman got the Americans on the lead on that man advantage, firing and scoring fivehole at 5:47 to make it a 1-0 game.  After a failed Saskatoon powerplay, the Americans doubled the lead on their own man advantage.  The 2-0 goal came off the stick of Connor Rankin, who was able to sneak a puck under Alex Moodie from beside the cage.  Tri-City would then officially make it a period to forget for Saskatoon with under a second to play in the frame.  After a dump in, Beau McCue went to the front of the net and chipped a puck up and over Troy Trombley, who had replaced Moodie net the Blades goal, to make it 3-0 at 19:59.  After holding a fair shot advantage past the midpoint of the frame, the shots ended up at 11-7 Tri-City through 20 minutes.