The Blades finished off a home and home with the Prince Albert Raiders on a big time positive note tonight. A complete 60 minute effort that ended with 2 points. The final was 6-2.
Saskatoon got off to a quick start, scoring 2 goals in the first 8 minutes. The top line had them both with Josh Nicholls and Curtis Hamilton hitting the goal column.
Early in the 2nd the lead would stretch the 3 as Lukas Sutter got his 2nd goal in 2 nights. He scored his first WHL goal last night in PA.
Each team would get one more goal in the 2nd period with Andrew Herle scoring for the Raiders and Curtis Hamilton notching his 2nd of the night as it would be 4-1 Blades going into the third frame.
The shots to that point in the game were 31-17 in favor of the guys in blue.
The Raiders came out much stronger in the third and they were rewarded just over 7 and a half minutes into the period as Brandon Herrod got his 12th goal of the year to cut the lead to 2.
Shortly after, the Blades would go down a man with the Raiders having a big chance to truly get back into the game. But it just wasn't their night as the Blades penalty kill stood tall and killed off the Duncan Siemens minor for holding.
Saskatoon would basically ice the game just after Siemens got out of the box as Matty Stransky got his 4th goal of the year off a nice shot from the top of the left circle.
Jake Trask would add the 6th goal off a deflection from a Chris Collins shot with around 3 minutes to play.
Then the rough stuff started.
And boy was it entertaining.
First, Harrison Ruopp and Darren Dietz squared off a center. Dietz handled himself more than alright for his first fight of the year as he caught Ruopp with a bomb of a punch that sent Ruopp to the trainers room.
Second, 6'4 Austin Connor took on Duncan Siemens. Siemens took a bunch of short rabbit punches to the back of the head before finally landing two huge rights to drop Connor to his knees.
Then, with 30 seconds left Andrew Herle and Lukas Sutter went at it. Neither really landed many punches but Herle earned the take down.
Earlier in the game Darian Dziurzynski also fought former Blade Tyler Yaworski.
It's safe to say that the old school division rivalry seems to be heating up.
Steven Stanford moved his mark to 11-1 on the year by making 29 saves. Eric Williams was not as strong tonight as he was last night, stopping 39 of 45 shots in the loss.
The Blades now head out the BC for 5 games. They are set to board the bus at midnight and will begin the 18 and a half hour trek to Chilliwack.
The first game of the trip goes on Tuesday night from Vancouver, starting at 9 PM Saskatchewan time.