It was a tough start to the game for the Saskatoon Blades last night, but it sure ended well.
The Moose Jaw Warriors got on the board first in the game on a soft shot from a bad angle that beat Adam Morrison just 36 seconds into the game.
But Saskatoon stuck to their game plan and earned a gritty 7-2 win when things were all said and done.
The Blades were boosted big time by 3 shorthanded goals on the night. That's 4 shorties in 2 games this weekend to put the club at 18 on the year, tied for tops in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice.
The Blades got two goals each from Curtis Hamitlon, Darian Dziurzynski and Marek Viedensky. Josh Nicholls added a single, along with 4 assists.
Moose Jaw got their goals from Dylan Hood and Quinton Howden.
The game also featured a ton of bad blood, as usual when these teams meet. First it was Duncan Siemens and Joel Edmundson. I haven't seen Siemens lose too many scraps, but he did here.
Second, it was Marek Viedensky, the 20 year old Euro, fighting Cody Beach, one of the toughest players to fight in the league due to his size and reach advantage (he stands 6'6). Viedensky came out fast and furious and landed a few decent shots at the start, but Beach ended up with the win. Speaking to Viedensky after the game, he basically said that he isn't used to fighting, especially for that long and he got tired.
Give credit to the Warriors, they lost the game, but won several battles in the game.
Adam Morrison started in goal for Saskatoon and bounced back nicely from his bad start in Edmonton and a soft goal early to earn the W. Thomas Heemskerk was in goal for all 7 goals against for Moose Jaw.
Saskatoon now has a few days off before heading to Brandon for a 2 game in 3 night stretch next Wednesday and Friday.