Tim O’Donovan
November 24, 2012, Kamloops, BC, (ISN) – The Saskatoon Blades (11-11-0-1) won it in the third period as they scored three unanswered goals to win 3-2 over the Kamloops Blazers (19-6-1-1). Andrey Makarov made 41 saves for the Blades while Matej Stransky earned a goal and an assist for the Blades. Nathan Burns scored the winner with 1:01 to play in regulation time.

The first period was scoreless as the Blazers outshot the Blades 14-7 in the period. The Blazers had two early power plays but failed to score, while the Blades also had two power plays in the period with nothing to show. A scrum at the end of the period sent JC Lipon of the Blazers and Josh Nicholls of the Blades to the penalty box with 10-minute misconducts.

In the second, the Blazers got back to their game and it paid off. Chase Souto got the Blazers on the scoreboard first. A shot from Charles Inglis was deflected in front by Souto as he scored his third of the season. Brendan Ranford added an assist on the play for his 300th WHL point. Ranford has all 300 points with the Blazers and is the first Blazer to reach 300 points in a Blazer uniform since Hnat Domenichelli in 1995-96. Colin Smith made it 2-0 as he took a great breakaway pass from Josh Connolly putting home his 17th goal of the year. The Blazers took the 2-0 lead into the third period.

The third period started great for the Blazers. They created some quality chances including Cole Ully ringing a shot off the post. The Blades got a break and scored on their first shot of the third period. Logan Harland’s shot from the top of the circle beat Cole Cheveldave to cut the Blazers lead to 2-1. The Blades did it again scoring on their second shot of the period as the Blades had numbers on a rush with Mathew Pufahl setting up Matej Stransky to make it 2-2 with 7:06 to go. The Blades iced it as Nathan Burns took a shot off the rush beating Cheveldave with 1:01 to go. The Blazers had a great chance off an offensive faceoff in the dying seconds but were denied taking the 3-2 loss. Despite the loss, the Blazers outshot the Blades 16-7 in the third period. 

The Blades finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play while the Blazers were 0-for-6. The Blazers outshot the Blades 43-22 in the game as Andrey Makarov turned aside 41 shots for the win and Cole Cheveldave made 19 saves.

The Blazers are back at it tonight as they host the Vancouver Giants.