Category Archives: Saskatoon Blades

Ty Mappin His Way to Bridge City

The Saskatoon Blades and general manager Lorne Molleken are extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of the rights to 1996-born forward Ty Mappin from the Everett Silvertips.

Blades Revel A Second Block-Buster Trade

The Saskatoon Blades and general manager Lorne Molleken are extremely pleased to announce a trade with the Kamloops Blazers.

The Blades have acquired 1996-born defenceman Jordan Thomson, 1996-born forward Mitch Lipon and a 1st round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft from Kamloops. In exchange for the trio of pieces the Blades have dealt centre Matt Revel, a 3rd round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft and a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft to the Blazers.

“We’re extremely pleased to add some very talented young pieces with this trade,” said Blades general manager Lorne Molleken. “Jordan Thomson is a former 1st round pick in this league and possesses a very good skillset on the blueline. Mitch Lipon brings skill and energy up front to our team, adding to what we feel is a solid group of 1996-born players on our roster. We’re also very happy to add a 1st round pick in this deal as we continue to shape our roster for future years.”

Blades Can’t Close Out Calgary

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The Hitmen threw 52 shots on goal on Wednesday night, earning a come from behind victory over the Saskatoon Blades. Adam Tambellini was the first star in the game, earning a goal and three assists in his WHL debut for Calgary, who continue to be the top team in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

The Saskatoon Blades got off to a hot start to begin the game on Wednesday night as Nikita Scherbak busted down the left wing and went shelf on Hitmen goalie Mack Shields to make it 1-0 only 29 seconds into the game. The goal was the 23rd of the year for Scherbak and came unassisted. The Blades nearly made it 2-0 nearly 3 minutes into the period when a Ryan Graham wraparound was denied by the pad of Shields. Shots were 10-1 at one point to start the period, but a Hitmen 5 on 3 eventually started to turn the period back into even standing. The 5 on 3 paid off as an Alex Roach point shot left a rebound at the feet of Brady Brassart, who spun and slid it past Troy Trombley at 11:57 to make it 1-1. But, on the remainder of the PP it was the Blades who made a chance count. Ryan Graham picked up a puck in his own zone and outskated a pair of chasing Hitmen, walking in all lone and beating Shields shorthanded for his 5th of the year to make it 2-1. After that the goalies made some key stops, including Trombley on Adam Tambellini and Shields on Brett Stovin and a Cory Millette rebound. Shots were 16-13 Saskatoon in the period as they went to the break up 2-1.

Blades Play Lets Make A Deal: Captain on Craigs List:

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The Saskatoon Blades and general manager Lorne Molleken are extremely pleased to continue the transition to a younger hockey club by announcing a trade with the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Blades have traded captain Graeme Craig, a 7th round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and a 5th round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft to the Prince Albert Raiders. In return, the Blades receive 1993-born defenceman MacKenzie Johnston, 1995-born defenceman Tyler Dea, a 3rd round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and a 5th round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We continue the process of getting younger as a hockey club and adding pieces to this rebuild,” said Blades general manager Lorne Molleken. “Tyler Dea is a good young defenceman with size, who can step right into our lineup and contribute. MacKenzie Johnston is a veteran in this league, we like the leadership that he brings and he feel that he will be a good character guy in our dressing room.”

Blades Look To Get Back In Win Column

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The Saskatoon Blades look to get back into the win column tonight as they play host to the Calgary Hitmen. The Blades had their 3-game point streak to begin 2014 snapped last night on the road in Medicine Hat. The Blades got a late game-tying goal from Cory Millette in the 3rd period before Chad Butcher pounced on a rebound in the final 5 minutes, scoring the eventual game-winner. Millette took home 2nd star honours in the game while Blades goalie Troy Trombley was the 3rd star as he made 36 saves on 38 shots. On special teams the two teams combined to go 0 for 7 on the PP.

2013-14 Season Series

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

October 17th – Blades 3 Hitmen 4 (so) – Nikita Scherbak had 2G, Alex Moodie made 40 saves in goal

Tonight –

February 14th –

March 8th –

Tigers Slash Blades Winning Streak:

The Saskatoon Blades point streak to start 2014 came to an end on Tuesday night in Medicine Hat. The Blades got a late goal to even the score before the Tigers pulled back ahead with a Chad Butcher goal late in the third period, sealing the victory on home ice.

Blades Power Past Hurricanes

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The Saskatoon Blades have points in three straight games to kick off 2014 following a 5-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night. Nick Zajac and Logan Harland each scored twice as the Blades helped make Ukrainian Night a huge success.

The Blades got on the board early after surrendering the first two shots of the opening period. The goal came off a hard low point shot from Ayrton Nikkel. The Blades defenceman was looking for his 4th goal in his past 5 games, but instead Logan Harland deflected the shot at 3:55, up and over the shoulder of Corbin Boes to make it a 1-0 Saskatoon lead. The Blades nearly doubled that lead off a pair of good chances just a few minutes later, with a Dylan Busenius point shot just hitting Boes’ shoulder and Connor Sanvido ringing the crossbar hard on a play that would be reviewed and called no goal. Then it was the Hurricanes chance to get on the board.

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.

Blades Come Up Short In Big City Battle:

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The Saskatoon Blades picked up a point for the second consecutive game as they dropped a close, 4-3 battle in a shootout to the Regina Pats on Friday night. Troy Trombley was the big story as the Blades goaltender was the first star of the game after making 43 stops in the shootout defeat.

Early in the first period the Blades almost got on the board. Nikita Scherbak was given room down the left wing and walked right in, firing a high hard shot just over the shoulder and cross-bar past the goal of Pats goalie Nick Schneider. While the Blades failed to score on their first good chance, the Pats didn’t miss the opportunity. Dryden Hunt scored his 10th of the season at 1:25 as he had the puck behind the net, walked to the side and snuck one past Troy Trombley to make it 1-0. But the Blades were quick to respond. At 3:20, Dylan Busenius fed Graeme Craig at the top of the blueline and his powerplay slapper beat Schneider through a screen to make it 1-1. Craig’s 4th of the season was assisted by Busenius and Scherbak.

Blades Name POTM:

The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce that centre Chase Clayton has been named as the team’s Heinrichs Jewellery Player Of The Month for December.

The product of Abbotsford, BC joins Nikita Scherbak (September/October) and former-Blade Collin Valcourt (November) as winners of the award so far during the 2013-14 season.

The 5’11, 190 pound Clayton posted a pair of goals and an assist for 3 points in 11 games during the month of December. He also added 13 PIMs. On the season, Clayton has put up 4 goals and 14 points in 38 games split between Saskatoon and the Calgary Hitmen.

Clayton is also looking ahead to a big second half with Saskatoon. With the recent trades of Collin Valcourt and Nathan Burns, Clayton has been shifted up in the depth chart. Yesterday against Swift Current, Clayton played on the top line with Scherbak and Nick Zajac. The new line combination found instant success as the trio combined for 3 goals, 7 points and a +9 rating.