Friday, September 30, 2011

Blades Improve to a 3-0 Record

Saskatoon did not play a good first 40 minutes of hockey but with the help of Andrey Makarov the Blades came from behind and won the game 4-2.

Dalton Thrower was a big factor in this game for 2 reasons: he threw a HUGE hit on a rebel player and took on Adam Kambietz and landed some solid shots leaving Kambietz leaking blood.

Brent Benson was injured blocking a shot and he did not return. I hope it is not too serious. Hopefully it is not broken like some people fear it is.

The Blades will not travel to Brandon for a game against the Wheat Kings tomorrow night. Also to face off against former team mate now foe, Aryton Nikkel.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hamilton Sent to the AHL. Blades reassign 2.

20 year old forward Curtis Hamilton was assigned to the Oklahoma City Barrons. I think that there is very little chance that he could return to the Blades. It looks like he will go pro.

In other news the Blades have reassigned Christian Stockl and Hudson Morrison back to their respective clubs.

Here is the press release from the Blades website:

Phoenix Coyotes training camp starts soon and Darian Dzuirzynski still remains there. As far as I know he is still unsigned. (someone please correct me if I am wrong.)

He could still be sent back and that would be a huge boost for the Blades.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blades Defeat Raiders. Again

Duncan Siemens has been returned by the Colorado Avalanche. The Blades penalty killing was awesome this game,because the team scored 2 short handed goals.

Josh Nicholls beat the Eric Williams less than 4 minutes into the game.

Jesse Paradis also scored a short handed goal. He is a PK MACHINE!!

The Blades were 2 for 6 on the power play. Saskatoon now has a 2-0 record with Andrey Makarov aiding the Blades to a 5-3 win.

The Blades next game is against the Red Deer Rebels on Friday Sept 30th at the CUC.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Blades Win Home Opener!!

It was a very emotional game,I am talking about the tribute for Wade Belak and Brad Mcrimmion. It was a nice gesture.

The Blades came out alive and controlling the possession of play. The newly acquired Jesse Paradis scored the opening goal for the Blades. It was a very tight game and give PA credit because even though they did not have possession of the puck alot they still fought for every inch.

Adam Morrison was given the start. The 20 year old situation has become a competition and I like that.

The Raiders scored to tie the game up. Jesse Paradis scored a nice 3 on 5 short-handed goal to give the Blades the lead. After that the Blades took control of the game until the 3rd period when they let the lead slip away.

Saskatoon still managed to get the one goal victory. 4-3. These two teams will do battle in Prince Albert tonight.

So far a good start to the season for the Blades.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blades End Pre Season on a Loosing Streak.

The Russian Andrey Makarov got the start and he looked good for the most part. He struggled in the Shootout.

The Blades played well building a 2 goal lead at one point. The newly acquired Kyle Schmidt was in the line-up. He is not very mobile but adds experience and toughness.

The Blades fell in a shoot-out. The Home Opener is on Friday September 24th.

I am very excited. It will be interesting to see which players return from NHL camps.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blades Beat Swift Current.

Firstly I could not make the trip to Swift Current. Goaltender Patrick Johnson, Brett Lernout and Landyn Hickmott were re-assigned,so that leaves 3 goalies still in camp. Adam Morrison,Adam Todd and Andrey Makarov and 30 players left in camp.

Both Andrey Makarov and Adam Morrison saw time in net tonight. Each allowing no goals. The Blades scored 3 goals to ensure victory.

The Blades will now have 1 week off before traveling to Moose Jaw to battle the Warriors on Friday with the rematch going Saturday the 17th at Credit Union Centre.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Blades Get Revenge.

Seeing the Blades for the 1st time since their 2nd round sweep was nice.

Some of the Blades rookies look impressive. #17 Kyle Haas played well with a good tilt in the 2nd as well as scoring 2 goals. Nick Zajac is fast.... Not too sure if he has all of the tools this year to make the team.

Brett Stovin really played well chipping in with 3 assists. Christian Stockl added 2 goals to his credit. Many of these guys are making a name for themselves.

Patrick Johnson played the first 3o minutes surrendering 1 goal. Adam Todd allowed 1 as well. If I was Adam Morrison I may be a tad worried with the competition. A lot of talk around the rink tonight saying that one of the goalies in camp could be the back-up and that Morrison could be traded.

The only minus player for the Blades was Alex Elliott.

The final score was 6-2 for the Blades. The team of mostly rookies played well tonight.

The Blades next game is in Swift Current on Friday Sept 9th. Hopefully I can make the trip.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blades Pre Season Underway.

1st some late very sad news to share. Former Blade and Maple Leaf Wade Belak who was only 35 years old passed away this week. In his condo in Toronto. This is the 3rd hockey player that the hockey world has lost this summer. All of them enforcer/tough guys.

The NHL better step in and do something. Just because these players go out and fight every night does not mean that they are invincible. It is a very stressful role to play these days. As seen by the comments made by George Laraque,Tyson Nash,Cody Franson etc.

My condolences go out to all of his family and friends.

Now onto some better hockey news. The Blades kicked off their pre season on Wednesday night with a tilt in Prince Albert against the Raiders. Saskatoon managed to score 1st. That was all that they could really do.

I am excited for Saturday. Also to see the rookies and players looking to earn a spot on the Blades roster or even just trying to get listed/protected by the Blades. Hockey is Back!!!!