Ex-Blade Sinks Former Team

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Prince Albert Raiders followed up their Friday night performance on Saturday night, closing out their annual home and home against the Blades with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night in Saskatoon. Former Blade Ryan Coghlan scored a goal for the Raiders as it was the first game on their new teams for both him and the newest Blade in Dylan Busenius.

The Blades had the best chances to start the game, with Chase Clayton walking down the wing not even 4 minutes into the game and ripping a shot wide on the short side during a 2 on 1 break. The Blades held a 6-3 shot advantage through the opening 10 minutes, which included a good hard shot from the newest Blades defender Dylan Busenius that was stopped by Raiders starter Cole Cheveldave. Despite those good chances for Saskatoon, it was the visitors who struck first at 11:25. And while it was the visitors scoring, it was a familiar face doing the damage as Ryan Coghlan’s wrist shot beat Alex Moodie fivehole to make it 1-0. Coghlan was just dealt to Prince Albert late last night in the deal that saw Busenius become a Blade. After the goal, each team had a great chance to get on the board, with Logan Harland’s hard wrist shot being kicked out and Raiders forward Carson Perreaux being robbed on the doorstop by Moodie. The shots were 11-8 Blades through 20 minutes despite trailing 1-0.

The Blades got a good chance to open the second period on the right foot in the opening minute when Matt Revel just tipped a puck wide of the Raiders goal. After that, it was the Raiders capitalizing on their chances to extend their lead. Gage Quinney took a feed in front and beat Moodie to make it 2-0 at 5:14. That lead was extended as Darcy Zaharichuk scored his second in as many nights at 10:08 when he cut out of the corner and lifted a shot past Moodie. Jayden Hart capped off a busy offensive frame for the Raiders at 14:20 on the PP, when his hard wrist shot beat Moodie on the blocker side to make it 4-0. Saskatoon finally stopped the surge when Graham Millar had his wrist shot beat Cheveldave from the slot, making it a 4-1 game. With an assist on the play, Bladess forward Austin Adamson registered his first career point in the WHL. Saskatoon nearly cut into the lead even further in the final minute, but Cheveldave answered with a big glove stop to keep it 4-1 through 40 minutes. Shots were 14-10 PA in the frame for a two period total of 22-21 for the road team.

Saskatoon started the third like they started the second, with a good scoring chance. Two minutes into the frame Nick Gomerich used speed to go wide, getting a chance on goal with Brett Stovin also being stopped on the rebound by Cheveldave. The Raiders then pushed back over the next few minutes with a surge, forcing Moodie to be sharp in the Blades cage. After a good chance from Nathan Burns on a drive to the net, he followed it up with a similar chance that paid off for the Blades. Burns made a nice give and go play toward the net with Burns cleaning up a rebound chance and scoring his 16th of the season at 13:31 to make it 4-2. Then with under 6 minutes to play Stovin took the in front with Matt Revel getting robbed on the rebound. Saskatoon pulled the goalie with two minutes to play but failed to get any sustained pressure as the Raiders walked away with the two goal victory. The Blades were 0 for 2 on the PP and 2 for 3 on the PK while the Raiders led 38-33 on the shot clock.

The Saskatoon Blades next home game is actually a day game as they meet the Swift Current Broncos on January 1st! The game goes at 2:00PM and is followed by a postgame skate with the Blades for the fans.

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