The 1st line of Hamilton-Viedensky-Nicholls is playing really well,but the Blades MUST get secondary scoring from the other 3 lines in order to be a memorial cup contender. Darian Dzuirzynski's line has played well together because he has the most goals on the team with 10. Do not let the 10-2 record fool you.
The Blades have 8 players who have not completed 1 season in the WHL. Are the top 2 lines, defence and goaltending carrying this team right now? The Blades have played 7 games within the East division, and 5 games against Central division and US division teams. They are 7-0 on home ice. It is still early in the season and once the Blades get on the road in November and December things should become interesting.
The Blades controlled the pace of the game after they scored the 1st goal. They took a 3-0 lead into the 3rd period. You knew there were going to be some fights with a frustrated Medicine Hat team. In the 3rd period Kale Kessy of the Tigers took on Lukas Sutter and Kessy got the better of Sutter,but Sutter picked up an instigator penalty.
Steven Stanford was very much a factor in this game,he helped keep Emerson Etem,Linden Vey from scoring. The Blades as a team played well.
One scary moment in the 2nd period (if I remember correctly) A puck was deflected and it hit Stefan Elliott in the face, he was ok. It is never a good thing a puck or stick gets near the face and makes contact.
The Tigers scored their only goal in the 3rd period. They looked tired and probably used up their offence,the previous night in Prince Albert. Being without Tyler Pitlick and some other players probably did not help things for the Tigers.
2 Edmonton Oiler prospects (Curtis Hamilton and Tyler Bunz) were playing in the game tonight so you can bet your money that there were Oiler's brass at the game tonight.
The addition of Jake Trask has been a good one,sure he is not a goal or point scoring machine yet,but he is another veteran body,and hopefully he will be able to get a streak going.
There was one more fight that was unable to develop and it all started when the play was in the Tigers zone and a Blades player (it might have been Brent Benson) was in puck pursuit and a Tiger player had clipped him and right away Darren Dietz came in and wanted to drop the gloves but the referees did not let it happen.
the final score was 4-1 for the Blades who now continue to play well sporting a 10-2 record.
The Blades will travel to the Queen City on Tuesday to take on the Regina Pats.