The Saskatoon Blades came into this game trying to erase the sour taste left in their mouths after Brayden Schenn potted the OT winner on Dec 9th.
The Blades scored less than a minute into the game when Charles Inglis (who now just sports a visor instead of a cage) snapped home the opening goal for the home side.
The game went back and forth as each team traded one goal leads and the Blades were forced to scramble (in the last 5 minutes of the game) and score to tie the game at 3.
There was not too many hits in this game and nobody REALLY seemed like they wanted to drop the gloves either but the game did see situations where players were looking for the opposing player to drop the gloves... speaking of dropping the gloves,Randy McNaught has not done this in a while, and there is no denying that when he does it energizes the team.
The game went into overtime and the Blades Captain Derek Hulak was called for goaltender interference. Luckily the Blades killed off the penalty. The game then went into a shootout,it went 4 rounds and the last shooter was successful and how fitting is that when it was the Captain Derek Hulak that scored in the shootout? I would think it was the icing on the Blades cake to end this game the way they did. Adam Morrison was perfect in the shootout and Darcy Kuemper stopped 3 out of 4 shots.
The hardest working player was New York Rangers Prospect Sam Klassen who was +2 and added 2 assists. The attendance was under 4,000.... 3,874 was the announced attendance. The weather was most likely a factor in this...but that did not stop me from going!!!!
Something funny was discovered by the couple who have season tickets next to me.... They were looking at the backup goalie (Kraymer Barnstable) and they thought that he looks like me. I took a look and kind of agree,then they started joking around. It was kinda cool actually.
The Blades next game and home game is Wednesday the 16th against the Kelowna Rockets and Regan Bartel. (I hope he will take pictures of when in Saskatoon and put them on his blog like he usually does) Former Blade Cody Chikie may be in the line-up for the Rockets on $5 game ticket and toque toss night.