Tigers Trick And Treat Blades

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

A stellar opening period went for not as the Saskatoon Blades dropped a 4-3 decision to the Medicine Hat Tigers at Credit Union Centre, last night.

Despite allowing the opening goal in their first home game in 17 days, the Blades were able to rebound with three goals in the final 12 minutes of the opening period to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

The second 20 saw the Tigers shake off their bus legs as they would score 3 of their own to take a 4-3 lead heading into the final frame.

Despite a frantic attempt to tie the game the Tigers would hold-off the charging Blades to get the two points.

The Blades are back on the ice tomorrow night when they host Swift Current in retro night at the rink with the Blades wearing vintage jerseys and celebrating their 1000th game at Credit Union Centre.

Here is the complete recap courtesy saskatoonblades.com

A tough second period ended up being the downfall for the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night as they dropped a one-goal game to the Medicine Hat Tigers.  The Blades had a three-goal lead in the game before the Tigers roared back, eventually winning 4-3.

The Tigers got off to a good start in the game, getting the first good scoring and eventually the first goal.  Alex Moodie made a key stop on Cole Sanford only two minutes into the game.  It came when Sanford walked in on a shorthanded breakaway, but Moodie slid to his right to make a huge pad save.  But after a Blades powerplay didn’t click, the Tigers made a chance count as Blake Penner touched home a loose puck after a Saskatoon turnover to make it 1-0 at 3:28.  Just as has been the case often this year, the Blades stormed back.  Nikita Scherbak tied the game at 8:26 when he jammed home a loose puck after a spectacular save by Daniel Wapple on Nathan Burns.  The goal was the 10th of the year for Scherbak and extended his point streak to 9 games.  That hot streak continued just under 3 minutes later when Scherbak fired a wrister over the shoulder of Wapple to make it 2-1 Saskatoon.  The goal came after Burns circled the cage and fed Scherbak for his 11th.  The lead was then extended to 3-1.  With his mom in the crowd to see him for the first time live in the WHL, Ryan Coghlan ripped home a shot off the post and in at 12:53 for his 3rd of the season. The tally came after Nick Zajac circled the net and fed Coghlan at the point.  That was all the scoring in the first as the shots were 10-8 for Saskatoon.

The Tigers came out strong in the second period.  Only 33 seconds in, Curtis Valk made it a 3-2 hockey game as he jammed home a rebound for his 8th of the season.  The game was then all tied up at 3 when a Tyler Lewington point shot found the cage through a ton of bodies and pasts Moodie at 1:25.  The Tigers kept the pressure up, but Alex Moodie made a great save on a quick wraparound attempt near the 6 minute mark to keep it a tie game.  But the tie game didn’t last long.  Steven Owre scored his 5th of the season at 10:20 as he deflected home a slow shot from Lewington to put the Tigers up 4-3.  After a solid penalty kill, the Blades came close on their own chance late in the frame.  That’s when Matt Revel was stopped from in close by the pad of Wapple after a hard shot from Collin Valcourt.  But, Revel’s attempt was stymied as the frame ended with Medicine Hat leading 4-3.  The goals showed on the scoreboard after a big frame on the shot clock for the Tigers, as they outshot Saskatoon 21-6 while outscoring them 3-0.

After an offensive first two periods, things slowed down in the final frame.  The period started with a fight between Clayton Kirichenko and Miles Koules at 3:21.  The two got tied up in the Blades zone, with the scrap being the first WHL fight for Kirichenko.  After that, the goalies stood out in the period, along with the penalty kill.  Saskatoon had a chance on the PP nearly 7 minutes into the frame as Tyler Lewington sat for high sticking, but the Tigers killed off the chances the Blades were able to generate.  Alex Moodie was then tested with about three minutes remaining, making a pair of stops from in tight to keep the game 4-3.  Then it was the Blades chance to go on the offensive, while Saskatoon-product Daniel Wapple made all the stops in net, including a pair of great stops on both Valcourt and Burns from in close with under five seconds remaining.  A Blades timeout and a pulled goalie couldn’t get Saskatoon into a tie game as an offensive zone draw went for not as the buzzer sounded to end the 4-3 final.  The shots ended at 43-23 for Medicine Hat, while Saskatoon was 0 for 2 on the PP and 2 for 3 on the PK.

The Saskatoon Blades next game kicks off a home and home with the Swift Current Broncos.  That game goes on Friday night at the Credit Union Centre.  The game is a very special one on the Blades calendar as it’s retro night!  The Blades will wear replicas of the original Saskatoon Blades jerseys.  The jerseys will be auctioned off to fans through a silent auction up until the 2nd intermission, with proceeds going to the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon.  The retro themed night will also include vintage trivia, music and other fun and games.

 

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