Saskatoon Blades

(ISN) – The Saskatoon Blades threw 43 shots on goal and beat the Prince Albert Raiders 11-5 on Tuesday night.

Despite the big win the Blades actually trailed in the game with Mike Winther getting the Raiders on the board first. His PP marker came at 8:38 of period one. Nick Zajac was quick to answer for the Blades as he tipped home a centering pass from Brent Benson only 4 minutes later to tie the game up.

Saskatoon took the lead for the first time at 14:55 of the first as Ryan Olsen scored his first of two on the night, out-waiting Raiders goalie Cole Holowenko and sliding home his 14th. But, the Raiders drew even before the frame was out as Joey Santucci scored on a shorthanded chance with under 3 minutes to play in the period.

The offence continued in period two as five more goals were scored, three by the Blades. Justin Maylan got it started for the Raiders as he scored his 26th of the year at 6:20. But the Blades scored the next three with Jake Trask, Josh Nicholls and Travis McEvoy all hitting the scoreboard. The Trask marker came on the powerplay, to kick off a big night in that area for Saskatoon.

The 2nd period ended on a sour note for Saskatoon as once again the Raiders had shorthanded offence. Forward Mark McNeill raced the puck down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway and beat Andrey Makarov to make it 5-4 through 40 minutes.

Only 37 seconds into period three, the game was evened up as Raiders defenceman Josh Morrissey jumped into the play on a man advantage and poked a puck past Makarov to make it 5-5.

But not even three minutes later, the Blades went on a run and took control of the game, scoring 6 straight goals. The goals came from Darren Dietz, Olsen, McEvoy, Matej Stransky, Trask and Brent Benson. The Dietz goal was an amazing highlight reel goal as he went end to end, while three of the Blades third period goals came on the powerplay.

Those powerplays came after a line brawl that started when Raiders forward Austin Bourhis jumped Lukas Sutter from behind.

Saskatoon ended up going 4 for 6 on the powerplay while the game featured 33 penalties and 165 penalty minutes. In total, there were 5 fights in the game with Kyle Haas, Sutter, Olsen, Dietz and McEvoy being involved.

Andrey Makarov made 28 saves to earn the win.

The Blades now have some days to rest up before travelling to Swift Current for a Friday night battle against the Broncos. The Blades will finish off the regular season on Saturday as they play host to the Broncos.

Following that game the Blades will hand out their season-ending team awards!