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.