Last night at the "Crushed Can" in Moose Jaw, a slightly older lineup of Saskatoon Blades' fell 3-2.
It was an ugly game for the most part with sloppy and chippy play. The Warriors carried the play for the vast majority of the game, doubling the Blades in the shot category throughout. With that being said, it was a gutsy effort by the Blades, who trailed 2-0 up until midway through the third.
Austin Daae (pronounced Dough) picked up a bobbled puck at the Warriors blueline and walked in all alone and slid the puck past goalie Brandon Glover to get the Blades on the board in the third. That set up a dramatic ending to regulation. Lukas Sutter picked up a loose puck in the corner, and fired it on net. It found it's way between Glover's legs with less than 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock. After a brief discussion amongst themselves, the officials counted the goal.
Overtime resulted in nothing, and Sam Fioretti scored the only goal of the shootout for Moose Jaw.
There were two main storylines of the game, the goaltending and the Blades penalty kill. Saskatoon was shorthanded on 9 occasions, and killed them all. A big part of that was due to the goaltending.
Tyler Oswald started the game for the Blades, and was great stopping 15 of 16 shots he faced. Adam Iwan (EYE-wan) was even better, coming in midway through the game. He stopped 18 of 19 shots, including several huge saves while killing an extended 5 on 3.
As mentioned, the Blades dressed a slightly older lineup for their 3rd preseason game. 20 year old's Jeremy Boyer, Sena Acolatse and Travis Toomey all were in the lineup. Acolatse and Toomey didn't last long, as both were tossed for seperate fighting majors.
The Blades are now 2-0-1 in the pre-season, with Moose Jaw moving to 3-1.
The two teams have a rematch scheduled for tonight, this time in Saskatoon. The puck drop goes at 7:05 at the Credit Union Centre.