Saturday, November 28, 2009

Blades Battled But It Was Too Late.......

I was wrong Steven Stanford started in goal for the Blades and Martin Jones played net for the Hitmen.

50 goal man last season for the Hitmen last Joel Broda got things started for the visitors, 1-0 Hitmen just under the half way point in the opening period. The Blades and Charles Inglis tied things up at 1-1. I was hearing around the rink that it took 27 stitches to close up that cut on his face.

Not too much was going the Blades way after that.... the officiating crew was hit and miss with calling penalties all night long... I hate blaming the referees but in my opinion these past 2 games they have been off of their game. (to put it nicely)

The Hitmen scored in all situations tonight but the Blades went 2 for 3 on the power play and the Hitmen went 1 for 5 in their man advantage chances. The visitors built up a 5-1 lead and they protected it well until the later stages of the game.... The Hitmen must have really learned from their last match-up with the Blades. The visitors were really out working the Blades beating them to every loose puck and out hustling the Blades. Having stars like Brandon Kozun and Joel Broda among others really says it all when you look where this team is in the standings.

I was saying to myself as the game wore on that the Blades are not going to win when they put up 11 shots through 2 periods.

Their was 3 fights in this game Darian Dzuirizynski took on Michael Stone,I thought that this one was more wrestling but a few punches were thrown.
Speaking of Darian Dzuirzynski was on the receiving end of a Michael Stone hit in the 2nd period.
He was caught with his head down.....
Teigan Zahn and Ian Schultz decided to drop the gloves and another decent fight with both players landing punches.
The 3rd and final fight was an age mismatch for sure as Ian Schultz took on Duncan Siemens,this fight was over pretty quickly and the youngster was on the loosing end. Good for Duncan Siemens though for not backing down.
The Blades could have used Curtis Hamilton's 6'3 frame out there against a faster Hitmen team but the Blades played hard right until the very end.
The Hitmen scored 4 consecutive goals and the Blades could only muster up 3 goals.
The finial score was 5-4 in favor of the Hitmen. The Blades only lose their 4 game of the season and the Hitmen now tie the Blades with 20 wins.
The Blades should have a chance in the playoffs IF they can get past these same Calgary Hitmen.
The 3 stars of the game were: 1.Brandon "Killer" Kozun 2. Joel Broda 3.Derek Hulak

The hardest working player was Braeden Johnson and the hit of the game was was made by Brent Benson.
The Hitmen out shot the Blades 30-22.
The attendance was 4,332 (under 5,000 again) I am sure it has something to do with the Saskatchewan Roughriders playing in the Grey Cup game against Montreal tomorrow.
The Blades next game is Dec 2nd in Brandon,and the next home game is against those same Wheat Kings on Dec 9th.

Blades Game Day VS Hitmen.... Eastern Conference Battle.

Tonight the streaking Saskatoon Blades will try and take out another hot team in the Calgary Hitmen..... The Hitmen sit at the top of the Central division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference behind their opponent: the Blades.
The Calgary Hitmen are led but Brandon Kozun who leads the WHL in scoring. Michael Stone leads the Hitmen in goals. They also have two capable goalies in Martin Jones and Michael Snider.
I am positive that Adam Morrison will get the start in net for the Blades tonight.
I am also sure that the Hitmen will wear their jersey with the logo at the very top of the page....VERY SHARP LOOKING JERSEY.
If you are going to the game tonight enjoy yourself.... I know that I will be doing that. Oh and GO LEAFS GO haha.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Blades win a war of a game..... Rink Atmosphere Improving......

Steven Stanford and Brandon Anderson were the goalies for tonight's game.

There was a fight that broke out in the 1st period. Travis Toomey dropped the gloves with Derek Ryckman,it was a pretty entertaining fight as both players landed some punches.

The Blades started the game a bit slow allowing the visiting Hurricanes to go up 2-0. The first goal for the Hurricanes happened on a questionable power play.... Here is how I saw things.
There was a battle in front of the Blades net and it looked as if a Hurricane player knocked over the Blades goaltender.... but the referee called a penalty on the Blades!!!! That goal put the Hurricanes up 1-0.
The second goal believe it or not was scored while the Hurricanes were shorthanded in the second period
Charles Inglis took a hit or high stick in the face and he threw down his stick,gloves,helmet and skated to the bench...he was in obvious pain..... For us Saskatoon Blades facebook insiders (A.K.A Poke Check's friend) there is a picture of how bad Charles Inglis's face looked even after it was all stitched up..... THIS GUY IS A TANK!!!!!! It took him awhile to get stitched up but he did return with a full cage on his helmet and he will probably leave the cage on for a while longer I am thinking. It was a good thing that he did come back because he was utilized in the shootout.... uh oh semi spoiler haha.
Back to the game,it looked as if the Blades were not in focus and really did not look like the team that they can be..... BUT fear no longer as Jeremy Boyer and Walker Wintoneak aided in tying up the hockey game.
In the 2nd period Dustin Donaghy and Randy "Moustache Grower" McNaught decided that the time was right for a fight. This fight was a close one, each of them getting some shots in but it looked like near the end of the bout Dustin Donaghy connected with a few that would make him the winner in my view..... Wheather you think he won or not.... he sure did one thing "stand in there and gave McNaught a run for his money"
The Hurricanes had a 4 minute power play as well as a separate late game power play but the Blades shut down their special teams.
In the O.T each team had an equal number of chances I would have to say and the Blades probably could have put the game away in the extra period if they would have just shot the puck on net... I know that you want to set something more organized up but sometimes if you shoot the puck on goal you never now what might happen & it is a good thing if the goalie freezes the puck.
The shots were 34 for the Blades and 25 for the Hurricanes.
The hardest working player was Stefan Elliott (if he plays tomorrow night against the Calgary Hitmen it will be 3 games in as many nights for him.)
Either they did not have a Hit of the game or they announced it and I missed who it was.
The Hurricanes choose: Mitch Maxwell,Cam Braes,Luca Sbisa,Carter Ashton,Carter Bancks... Only the 2nd shooter scored.
The Blades send out Gallimore,Boyer,Inglis,Niemi,Hulak....shooters 3 & 5 scored and as you read the Captain won the game.
3-2 Blades over the Hurricanes.
The 3 stars of the game were: #1. Stefan Elliott. #2. Brandon Anderson #3. Derek Hulak.
The new score clock with a MUCH CLEARER and bigger picture was a welcomed addition to Blades game nights!!!!! As well as the LED video screens at each end of the rink...... In the shoot out, as the Blades player was announced it showed the players eyes before their name and number.... VERY COOL!!!!!!!! A++ for the new additions to the CUC.
Tonight's victory gives the Blades 20 wins on the season.....Time for me to hit the hay and gear up for another game tomorrow night!!!!!!!!!

Blades Game Day...... Bad News!!!!!!

Tonight the struggling Lethbridge Hurricanes will try and solve the Saskatoon Blades who continue to stand atop of the WHL. Their streaks are pretty much opposite though. The Blades are 11-0. The Hurricanes meanwhile are on a loosing streak of 4 games.
For the Hurricanes Carter Bancks and Carter Ashton lead the team in scoring. For the hometown Blades Captain Derek Hulak and Walker Wintoneak continue to lead the way for the Blades.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are 6th and last in the Central Division. So this could be a tough test for the Hurricanes even with the their success rate at Credit Union Centre last season and playoffs.
Tonight everyone will finally be able to witness the new score clock and LED video boards in
Now for some bad news.... Regan Bartel has mentioned on his blog(Which can be found in the Blog list on the right) that Curtis Hamilton left the Canada VS Russia game with a shoulder injury and actually went to the hospital as well..... Not good news for the Blades!!!!!!!!!!! Stefan Elliott however maybe be bruised but he should suit up for the Blades tonight.

Team WHL Sweeps Russians & Saskatoon's Brayden Schenn Makes NHL Debut...

They took the first game by a score of 2-1 in Victoria B.C on Wednesday night. Team WHL finished off their opponents by defeating them by a count of 4-2. Stefan Elloitt scored Team WHL's 1st goal and earlier in the game he did tumble face first into the boards but that did not appear to take him off of his game.

Curtis Hamilton played well in this game and his line mate was Wacey Hamilton of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Both Calvin Pickard and Martin Jones played 1 game a piece.
Now the WHL players will go back to their respective WHL clubs... For the Blades Lorne Molleken has a descision to make..... Although he may have no choice but to scratch Elliott and Hamilton for Friday's game against the visiting Hurricanes from Lethbridge.
Saskatoon's Brayden Schenn (current Brandon Wheat King) made his NHL debut tonight for the L.A Kings against the Vancouver Canucks...he played a fair amount of minutes for his 1st NHL game. Too bad they were not playing the Toronto Maple Leafs... That day will come soon enough.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blades Still In 3rd Spot..... Canada VS Russia

For the 7th week in a row the bridge city bunch are ranked the 3rd best team in the Canadian Hockey League with a record of 19-3-0-3.
Yesterday in Victoria team WHL defeated the Russian Selects by a score of 2-1. Tonight both Stefan Elliott and Curtis Hamilton will suit up for team WHL.
I may be able to catch some of the game because my soccer game does not start until 10 P.M.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Possible Line-up Changes This Weekend.......Mustache Movember..... U-17 World Challange.

The teams who have a player(s) participating in the Can/Rus Superseries may have to make due without those players...... for example the Regina Pats will be without the services of both Colton Tuebert and Jordan Eberle for 2 games. The Pats appealed but the league denied that. The Blades may have some line-up juggling to do of their own as Curtis Hamilton and Stefan Elloitt are playing in the game on the 26th in Kelowna. So it may be unlikely that they will play Friday in Saskatoon with the Blades,but I hope they play on Saturday.

The Blades will take part in their 1st set of back to back home games this weekend and as a fan "I love this"

Every player the team has been growing or attempting to grow a mustache in the month of November & there is a very good video on Watch it to see who is voted to having best mustache and worst one!!!!!!!!

My vote for best mustache goes to Braeden Johnson and worst goes to Travis Toomey.

3 current Saskatoon Blades players and 1 of the Blades prospects have made their respective U 17 teams.

Representing the Blades on team Pacific are Duncan Siemens and Dalton Thrower who were 1st and 2nd round picks of the Blades in 2008.

Also representing the Blades except on team West are Brent Benson (1st round pick in 08) and goalie prospect Tyler Oswald (5th round pick in 2008 as well)

Good luck guys!!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Former Blade Overager Is On The Move Again......

That is right Ryan Funk was traded from Vancouver to Kamloops for an 18 year old forward. The two Bonner brothers sure like to swing trades back and forth. The Kamloops Blazer's (Funk's new team) have been making some trades lately..... Visit for the details.

The bridge city bunch will have had a week off... once Friday arrives, they will then hit the ice at home against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Then the Calgary Hitmen make thier way into the CUC on Saturday night. I hope they are using the pratices to stay sharp and on their game because they have been playing pretty good currently riding a 4 game winning streak as well as a 12 game point streak.

Just a reminder that the LED Video boards and a new and improved scoreboard that were installed will be used for the first time this weekend.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Blades Whip Warriors/DANE COOK!!

The Blades continued their impressive play tonight & it does not really matter whether they play at home or on the road they usually find a way to win.

Stefan Elliott,Josh Nicholls,Brent Benson and Walker Wintoneak put the biscuit in the basket for the Blades. 4 goals for the Blades... The Warriors did manage to slip 1 past Steven Stanford.

The Warriors did send more rubber Steven Stanford's way 27 times to be exact. Jeff Bosch was forced to face 20 shots but 4 of those found the back of the net. Brandon Glover the Warriors back-up played 1 period (the 3rd) and was perfect making 3 saves on 3 shots.

The score was 4-1 for the Blades.

The Blades now are riding a 4 game winning streak.

Darian Dzuirzynski,Randy McNaught,and Jyri Niemi amassed double digits in penalty minutes.
The Blades record continues to improve to 19-3-0-3.

Captain Derek Hulak and Gaelan Patterson each played in thier 200th WHL game.

A week from tonight(when the Blades host the Lethbridge Hurricanes) the new score clock as well as the power ribbons will be in use. (They both look AMAZING!!!!)

Ok now for some non hockey talk but this event did take place at Credit Union Centre.

Comedian Dane Cook and his Isolated Incident Comedy tour hit centre stage.... There were two other openers before "The Main Event" hit the stage.... all 3 of them were funny but everyone was there to see Dane Cook. He did not disappoint!!!!!!! I had to buy some merchandise.... The t-shirts might have been the cheapest thing,but they were not cheap at all.... $40 was the price tag on an awesome looking shirt.

To sum the night up..... It was probably the BEST $155 I HAVE EVER SPENT... According to Dane Cook there are attractive "HOT" girls in Saskatoon,and I agree.

The good news is: "He will be Back"

Blades Road Gameday....Moose Jaw.

The Blades roll into Moose Jaw for another game against the Warriors who are nipping at the heels of the Blades in the east division standings only 8 points separate the Blades from the Warriors.

In the past 10 games the Warriors are 7-3 and the Blades are 9-1.

The leading scorers for the Blades are: Derek Hulak and Walker....(NOT WALTER) Wintoneak.
For the Warriors: Jason Bast and Brendan Rowinski lead the charge.

So far this season the bridge city bunch are undefeated against the Warriors with a head to head record of 2-0 in favor of the Blades.....

It should be an entertaining game...however I will most likely will not be listening to the game but rather watching and listening to Dane Cook....@ the Credit Union Centre & and no doubt he is going to put on a good show.

Enjoy your Friday everyone!!!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Credi Union Centre Arena Upgrades

Apparently they are going to be replacing the current jumbo tron with a new one,and they are installing power ribbons which are small visual bar type electronic screens between the nosebleeds and the concourse.

If you are one of Poke Check's friends on Facebook he has posted pictures of the power ribbons and the new scoreclock that only yours truly and the rest of his Facebook friends can see.

Since with these renovations the CUC is pretty much an NHL calibre arena... It is going to be exciting when all of the power ribbons are installed as well as the new score clock. Next weekend can not come soon enough!!!!! haha...first Dane Cook tomorrow night!!!!!!!!

Blades Remain in the CHL Top 10...

As the Blades maintain the top spot in both the east division and the WHL,they also climbed another hill... that being the CHL top 10 rankings. The Blades have moved up from 6th position last week to 3rd position this week. The Blades have been in the CHL rankings for 6 weeks and the season is only 10 weeks old (well 10th week in the CHL Top 10 rankings.)

Former Blade Jamie Crooks faced off against another former Blade in Milan Kytnar tonight... I was fortunate enough to catch the 3rd period on Shaw... after my soccer game. Crooks and his Bruin teamates defeated the Giants for the 1st time this season. Jamie Crooks pitched in with 1 goal. It is good to see that he has found success with his new team.

Could we say that Randy McNaught is having success here with the Blades? It depends on how you look at it....he does play on the 4th line and he does create room for Brent Benson and Darian Dzuirynski(but these guys throw thier own weight around to create space) There is also the INTIMIDATION factor (although one could argue that) because the much smaller Andrew Sullivan of the Swift Current Broncos fought Randy McNaught. I think that was alot of courage on Sullivan's part. Good trade for both teams but the Bruins have the advantage because Jamie Crooks is only 17 and McNaught is 19. That is probably what both teams asked for to fill some roles on each team.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2 Blades Crack Central Scouting Preliminary List For The 2010 NHL Draft

Curtis Hamilton (pictured above) is ranked 12th in these early rankings. Playing on a team that is doing well should help you get noticed BUT you must perform at your highest level possible.

Charles Inglis (pictured above) a 1st round selection of the Blades in the 2007 Bantam draft is ranked 16th amongst WHL skaters for the 2010 NHL Draft.
I really like his game,I feel that he plays a solid all around game.
These rankings will most likely change throughout the course of the season though.
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is being held in Los Angeles on Friday June 25th, Saturday June 26th.
Josh Nicholls, Darian Dzuirzynski & Braeden Johnson are also elligible for the 2010 NHL draft.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Taking A Break from the Blades...... Broncos/Rockets Deal.

Since they do not play until friday in Moose Jaw. I am going to talk about former WHLer's and the NHL/AHL.


Many hockey players choose the WHL for many reason..... The scholarship program is one of them...who would turn away from paid education?....Every season that you play in the WHL that earns you a year of paid education. Another reason that hockey players chose the WHL is that they may think that it is the shortest path to the example of that is Evander Kane.....who made the Atlanta Thrashers at 18 years of age. Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs made the NHL as a 19 year old & the list goes on.... Another path is from the AHL to NHL depicted above. Former Regina Pat/Vancouver Giant Craig Schira is taking this path with the Ottawa Senators organization, He is playing with former Saskatoon Blades forward Ryan Keller in Binghamton with the baby Senators. There is an interesting story in today's issue of the hockey news about Ryan Keller's different and slightly longer path to the NHL.

There are many former players,some with junior eligibility left that are "next in line" for the NHL according to THN's depth chart.

I hope that the Blades are enjoying this break that they are having.....but not too much,don't want to be rusty.

One WHL deal to mention... Today the Swift Current Broncos traded 19 year old Geordie Wudrick to the Kelowna Rockets for 16 year old defencemen Tanner Clark and 19 year old European forward Stephan Novony.... The Broncos with this move are probably scaring some teams in the East Division....The Blades may be concerned but with the way they are playing I think that they are not too worried what other teams are doing.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blades Skate Past Cougars

The Blades were looking to win for the 18th time this season and the Cougars were searching for their first victory on their tour of the east division.
Adam Morrison played goal for the Blades while Las Vegas product Hudson Stremmel played in net for the Cougars.
In the opening period the Blades controlled the play very well in the cougars zone. The shots at the end of the period were. 12-5 for the Blades. Brent Benson threw a big hit in this period,in fact the 4th line of Benson,McNaught and Dzuirzynski started the game and set the tone for the Blades.
The Blades drew first blood in the second period. The P.G Cougars tied up the game though.
Brent Benson is a human wrecking ball because he threw another good hit on the opposition.
The Blades scored all 3 of their goals in this period. Josh Nicholls's goal was probably the nicest one that the Blades scored.
The visiting P.G Cougars scored 2 consecutive goals to make the rest of the 3rd period an exciting period.
The Cougars pulled thier goalie but where unsuccessful in tying up the hockey game.
The ICR hit of the game went to rookie Brent Benson and the Wright Construction Hardest Working Player was Derek Hulak. The 3 stars were: #1: Derek Hulak. #2 Hudson Stremmel & #3 Brent Benson.
The final score was 3-2 for the Blades whose record improves to 18-3-0-3 on the season. The Blades do not play again until Nov.20th in Moose Jaw,and that is the same day that Dane Cook will put on a show at the CUC and I will be there. So 6 more days until the next Blades game and Dane Cook!!!!!!
The next Blades game at home is on Friday the 27th of November against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (the team that kicked the Blades out of the 08-09 1st round playoff series in 7 games) The next night the Blades will entertain the Calgary Hitmen at home.
That is all for now... time for me to catch up on sleep...........

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blades Silence Wheat Kings. Cougars Saturday......

Tonight the Blades went looking for win #17 on the season. Steven Stanford was given the start which means Adam Morrison will start tomorrow against the P.G Cougars. The Blades built a 3-0 lead in the first period.

The Wheat Kings scored 2 goals to make it a close affair. Derek Hulak then scored a goal to increase the lead and give him 30 points on the season.

The Blades did not receive a power play until the 3rd period and they made it count.
The Wheat Kings outshot the Blades in this game but they still came up on the loosing end. 4-3 was the score in favor of the visiting Blades.

Lorne Molleken's men continue to pad their lead in the east division..... 17-3-0-3 is the record now.

The Blades now will head home to entertain the Prince George Cougars on Saturday,who were soundly defeated by the Prince Albert Raiders 9-2.

I am looking forward to this game because the Blades keep on rolling and P.G is struggling.

Road Game Day..... Brandon

Tonight the impressive Saskatoon Blades will face the well traveled Brandon Wheat Kings(yes the Wheat Kings have played the U.S teams) and they posted a 3-2 record in the 5 game stretch.
This will be the 2nd meeting between these east division teams, the Wheat Kings defeated the Blades 3-0 in Brandon last time around & this game is also in Manitoba. The Blades will not host the Wheat Kings until December 9th.
Brayden Schenn (a leader in many stats) is the Wheat Kings leading scorer with 27 points in just 18 games. Followed up by Jay Fehr who has 26 points this season.
For the Blades captain Derek Hulak leads the team with 29 points in 22 games. Walker Wintoneak has 27 points in 20 games played this season.
Hopefully the Blades can draw even in the season series with a win. It will not be an easy task. The Wheat Kings are in a battle with the Moose Jaw Warriors for 2nd spot in the division.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blades climb up one spot in the CHL Rankings.

The Saskatoon Blades have continued to impress a group of National Hockey League scouts as they remain in the CHL Top 10 and move up from 7th place to 6th place. The Blades have been in the CHL Rankings for 5 weeks now.
The team will have one more day of practice on Thursday before playing in Brandon on Friday night.
Here are some stats for ya...... Derek Hulak the Captain leads the team with 29 points,(currently 10th in league scoring right now.) Walker Wintoneak leads the Blades with 12 goals. Randy McNaught leads the WHL in penalty minutes with 79. Walker Wintoneak is 2nd in the WHL with +19.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

5 members of the Blades participate in the Annual Project face-off....... WHL Scholarship Program

For those of you who do not know what this is,let me do my best and explain it to you.

Each season the Blades select a handful of players to experience first hand what drugs and alcohol abuse can do to a person and other sights that one would not want to witness,the Saskatoon Police Service and RCMP help them out in this experience as well.

They take the players to Vancouver's East Hastings Street where the majority of this takes place. This season Derek Hulak,Adam Morrison,Travis Toomey,Jeremy Boyer,and Darian Dzuiryznski were picked to be educated and witness this type of thing. After this experience the players then visit Saskatoon and area school and talk to grade 6-8 students about the importance of making smart choices in life......

I think this is an AWESOME program that the Blades organization and the City of Saskatoon put together.

The University of Saskatchewan I think has the most WHL players going to school there and taking advantage of the WHL Scholarship program but it is not limited to Canadian Universities..... Check out the Blades website for more detail.

The Blades next action is this Friday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings,and then a date at the Credit Union Centre against the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blades Claw Past Raiders..... Just Barely.

WOW what a game!!!!

Steven Stanford got the start against his former team and Dayln Flett was put in goal to face the Blades. Brendon Wall was a scratch for the Raiders but Tyler Yaworski did play.

In the 1st period the Blades outshot the Raiders 16-4. The puck would not settle down and the play was just kinda sloppy throughout the period. Each team had chances but none really good enough to break the scoreless tie.
In the 2nd period the Blades opened the scoring,all 3 overagers got on the score sheet with this goal.
The game suddenly got worse for the Blades though as it seemed like the wheels were falling off of the recently well oiled machine that the Blades operate, the Raiders scored 3 goals...
You know when the Blades and Raiders play there is bound to be a fight and yes there was one and it was between 17 year old Tyler Yaworski and 16 year old Duncan Siemens... As many Blades fans know Seimens in a real talent. He did get the better of Yaworski in fact Tyler Yaworski was not even able to knock off his opponent's lid. (You can no longer remove your helmet prior to a fight,it must remain on your head) I was not expecting this fight between two former teammates,but obviously they did fight and it was a pretty decent one at that.
It looked as if the Raiders had put this game in the bag when the score was 3-1 but there was a full period left to play.
The Raiders continued to play solid in front of Flette,but it almost seemed like a carbon copy of last night's Blades/Pats game (same score,same thing happened.)
The Blades put relentless pressure on Prince Albert for approximately the last 8-10 minutes of the game.
They did manage to tie the game, Josh Nicholls was even awarded a penalty shot!!!!! He did not succeed though.
The Blades out shot the Raiders 45-25.
The hit of the game came from Josh Nicholls,and the Hardest Working Player was Gaelan Patterson,both picked by the Voice of the Blades: Les Lazaruk
So the game went into overtime. Each team had 2 shots,the chances were probably equal.
The extra frame solved nothing.
Too the shoot-out we go!!!!!!
The Blades two shooters were: Burke Gallimore, Jeremy Boyer....they both scored goals.
The Raiders two shooters were Dustin Cameron and Jordan Hickmott and no these two could not provide any goals.
The Blades won in a shootout 4-3 & Steven Stanford defeats his former team.
The Blades now have 16 wins on the season and 35 points which is the best in the Eastern Conference and the entire WHL.
A highlite clip is on the Blades shows all of the key parts of the game & shootout.
The Blades now have 6 days to practice and rest before their next game on friday the 13th verses the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Wheat city & their next home game is a week from yesterday Saturday the 14th against the Prince George Cougars minus Brett Connolly.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Game Day Blades VS Raiders.....

On Saturday night the Blades will try and rebound after a disappointing game in Regina on Friday night.

The Prince Albert Raiders are coming off of a 4-0 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings,also on Friday.

The Raiders have 21 points and are in 4th place in the division.

I personally am excited to see how ex Blades Tyler Yaworski & Brendon Wall will do against their former team.

Igor Revenko is the Raiders top point producer so far with 13 goals & 13 assists....26 points.

Steven Stanford will start in goal for the Blades on Saturday.

Blades Lose to Pats......

Honestly I do not know what to say....The Blades had a 3-1 lead but most likely ran out of gas,or thought they could coast onto victory....not the case tonight as Jason Gardiner of the Pats scored 2 goals to help the Pats. Gaelan Patterson scored 2 goals for the Blades in a loosing effort. The game went into a shootout and none of the Blades shooters could solve the Pats goalie....

Final score 4-3 Pats in a shootout.

Road Game Day... Regina

Tonight the East Division leading Blades will test their road game again against the Regina Pats. The Pats sit in 6th spot in the division with only 16 points,the Blades have 32......
Scoring wise Jordan Eberle and Derek Hulak sit tied with 28 points each,While Jordan Weal has 24 points and Walker Wintoneak of the Blades has 25 points.
A game between these two teams always seems to be interesting. I wish this game was on TV.
Shaw TV is showing Kootenay VS Red Deer tonight....So I will probably watch some of that before I go and see my brother's hockey game.
Enjoy your Friday everyone!!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blades Bounce Broncos.

Please pay no attention to the final paragraph of my last post,because I was at the game..... due to myself loosing my soccer I.D card I was not able to play soccer tonight. The game was much better I think.

The goalies were Steven Stanford and Morgan Clark.

There was one tussle in the 1st...It happened in the Blades corner of the ice, Mike Brown was chasing after the loose puck and he made contact with Josh Nicholls sending him off balance, Dalton Thrower then decided to drop the gloves with Brown and Mike Brown stood up for himself by landing more shots than Thrower and taking the Blades rookie to the ice. Decision Brown.

After a scoreless 1st period the always dangerous Cody Eakin for the Broncos knocked in a point shot. Making the score 1-0 Broncos. This was after a questionable call against the Blades. The goal was a powerplay marker.

In the 2nd period the Blades line of Boyer,Nicholls and Hamilton combined to even the score at 1-1. The Blades and Broncos where deadlocked at 1 after 2 periods of play.

Daraian Dzuirzynski is a machine for the Blades he may not light up the scoreboard every game but he sure provides energy for the Blades out there. He has also thrown his body into unsuspecting opposing players... This time @ the 17:36 mark of the 3rd I think it was Taylor Vause whom DD caught with his head down and made him pay..... Vause did skate off on his own power.

In the 3rd period this game became really tight defensively and each team had some chances. One could sort of tell that Randy McNaught would probably not let the game end without himself being involved in a fight. McNaught took on a 17 year old by the name of Andrew Sullivan, I will give Sullivan credit for standing up and taking on the Blades tough guy,and even though Sullivan did not win the fight he shows great courage to take on a guy like Randy McNaught.

The game was tied going into the final period,the rough stuff also continued with Teigan Zahn taking on Eric Doyle. This fight was a draw,Doyle somehow positioned himself so he could avoid Zahn's punches and BELIEVE ME......Teigan Zahn was attempting to throw punches.

The close game came to an end when Charles Inglis put a shot on net, followed his own rebound and put it home.....and in an Ovechkin like celebration he jumped into the glass.

Darian Duirzynski was awarded with the ICR hit of the game with that hit on Taylor Vause.

The Wright Construction Hardest Working Player for tonight's game was Josh Nicholls.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1 Blades.

The Blades out shot the Broncos 32-23.

Because this game was on Shaw TV,the attendance took a hit. 3,418 was the announced crowd
The Broncos road woes continue,and the Blades just keep on winning...15 wins so far in the young season for the Blades.

Next up is a road game on Friday night in Regina against the Pats because the FSX Fire and Ice World Tour is here at the CUC that night.
On Saturday night is a date at the Credit Union Centre between former Blades: Garrett Zemlak,Tyler Yaworski,Brendan Wall,Dustin Cameron and the rest of the Prince Albert Raiders,when they tangle with the host Blades. Steven Stanford will be able to watch his former team for the first time and he will probably see game action.
One more note,The Blades are back in the CHL Top 10 this week,they are ranked @#7.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blades Sneak Past Warriors.

Let me start off by saying that the Warriors jersey looks pretty good. I love the new jerseys.

Ok on to the game. Randy McNaught made his return from his 5 game suspension,and to be honest I did not see much of him out there.

Moose Jaw started things the way they wanted by scoring the first goal of the game. The play went something like this: I think the Blades lost the puck just outside of their blueline and Brendan Rowinski of the Warriors picked up the black disc dangled past and undressed the Blades defence and put the puck in the net to open up the scoring.

Adam Morrison did make some pretty big saves for the Blades though,and Darian Dzuirzynski engaged in a scrap with Riley Reinbolt of the Warriors.... the result was a draw,and nothing really noteworthy happened after that.

The Warriors took the lead into the 2nd period. The Blades did respond,it was not your typical goal though.... Burke Gallimore was cutting in toward the goal on a partial breakaway and was taken down,and therefore awarded a penalty shot! The result was a goal...He scored on Jeff Bosch. Not every game you see a penalty shot.

The Warriors did gain some momentum but did not manage to score any goals. In the final period the Warriors continued their impressive work in the Blades zone which caused the Blades to call a time out and during the time out Adam Morrison was giving the other 5 players on the ice a tap on the legs....probably saying something like "Thanks for the help". The timeout proved to be successful as Walker Wintoneak scored and gave the Blades a 2-1 lead and eventually won the game for the Blades.

Gaelan Patterson was awarded the ICR Hit of the Game,and Jeremy Boyer was awarded with the Hardest Working Player of the game.

The attendance for a tuesday night was decent 4,954. It was Minor Hockey Night so that helped the numbers as well.

The 3 stars in tonight's game were 1)Adam Morrison 2) Jeff Bosch 3) Walker Wintoneak with the game winner.

The Blades are HOT....they have won 6 in a row and 12 of their last 13 games played.

The Warriors are now 11-7-0-0.

The Blades will re acquaint themselves to the Swift Current Broncos tomorrow night at the Credit Union Centre... Soccer calls my name tomorrow night but there will be a short recap of the game despite my absence from the rink. I will try and listen to Les Lazaruk on the radio though.

Game Day:Rematch Blades Welcome Warriors.

Well I am pretty sure that the Saskatoon Blades will not be "WELCOMING" the Warriors into the Credit Union Centre because on the ice it is all business really.
The last time these two teams played each other was just 3 days ago on Saturday in Moose Jaw.
The Blades took the lead in that game were up by 3 goals and the "never say die" attitude in the Warriors kicked in because they managed to even the score but did loose by one goal.
This game will be the 1st visit that Moose Jaw makes to Saskatoon. 17 year old Quinton Howden is pretty good,I can not really remember him from last season though. That is one player to watch on the Warriors for sure....Oh and do not forget Travis Hamonic on Defence for Moose Jaw. Jyri Niemi and him should be playing together in the NHL some day....As they are both drafted by the New York Islanders.
#1 Verses #2 in the East Division will face off if you are going to the game enjoy yourself. It should be another good one!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Stefan Elliott Named: Player of the Week. Upcoming Blades games.

Saskatoon Blades Defencemen: 18 year old Colorado Avalanche prospect collected 2 goals and 4 assists during the week of Oct.26th-Nov.1st He had a plus/minus rating of +8 during those 4 games.

This week the Blades play 2 home games back to back Tuesday and Wednesday and then go into Regina on Friday,then return home to play the Prince Albert Raiders pay a visit to the CUC on Saturday. That will conclude a busy week 7 games in 9 nights for the Blades.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blades Win 3 of 3,Finish Road Trip Strong.

The Saskatoon Blades played a pretty successful weekend of hockey,winning against the Oil Kings 5-2,Versus the Warriors 4-3,and most recently against the Swift Current Broncos tonight 3-1.

Steven Stanford started his second game in as many nights. Randy McNaught served the final game of his 5 game suspension.

The Blades now stand atop of the Eastern Conference with 13 wins and 28 points,2 ahead of the Calgary Hitmen.

I hope Jon Keen or the legendary Ermie Waldner will have a more detailed recap soon.
The Blades will now play these same two teams on Tuesday and Wednesday @ the Credit Union Centre. Moose Jaw on Tuesday and the Broncos on Wednesday (a game that I choose to miss) in favor of playing in my soccer season opener,so if I can I want to try and get rid of my ticket for that game...Give it away if I must. My season seat is a pretty good seat.

Stefan Elliott Scores Twice..... Blades Hold Off Warriors....4 Game Winning Streak.

Believe it or not but the Saskatoon Blades had a 3-0 lead over the Warriors,and they let it slide just a bit allowing the Warriors to tie the game. Adam Morrison was busier than Jeff Bosch tonight. Adam Morrison made 29 saves and Jeff Bosch made only 15 saves.

But the point is that the Blades pulled out a 4-3 win improving their east division leading record to 12-3-0-2.

The Blades next game is against the Broncos tonight in enemy territory. (A.K.A a road game)

Go get em this time!!!!!!!!!!!