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2019 Training Camp Blog, Day 3

August 27, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Saskatoon Blades News Release

Team Holtby claims the Kirkness Cup
Team Holtby claims the Kirkness Cup
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Saskatoon, SK - A high-scoring Day 3 saw an exciting finish to the Saskatoon Blades' 2019 Training Camp as Team Holtby claimed the Kirkness Cup against Team McLellan in double overtime.

Immediately following the on-ice sessions, players met with staff for exit meetings. Blades General Manager Colin Priestner says the aim is to get the roster down to around 36 players by the end of the night, with the complete roster cut-down list to be published on Wednesday.

The high scoring final day of Camp was led by 20-year-olds Nolan Kneen (4A) and Riley McKay (2G-2A), who finished the day with 4 points apiece. 17-year-old Kyle Crnkovic continued his fine camp form, scoring 3 goals in his two games. Eric Florchuk notched 3 points (1G-2A), as did Randen Schmidt (2G-1A). 2017 Draftee Braden Plaschewsky made himself known with 3 points (2G-1A), while invitee Tyler Ho also tallied 3 points for the day (1G-2). Finally, Colton Dach joined the scorers' list for camp with a breakaway goal and two assists.

Next up for the Saskatoon Blades is pre-season action beginning on Friday, August 30th, in Regina against the Pats. The Bridge City Bunch will then return to Regina on Saturday, August 31st, to play the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Brandt Centre.

Fans in Saskatoon will have their first chance to catch a glimpse of pre-season hockey on September 6th in Warman when the Blades host the Prince Albert Raiders. Tickets for the game in Warman are on sale now and can be purchased from the Legends Centre Box Office in Warman or at the Blades Business Office at SaskTel Centre.

The Blades will also welcome the Winnipeg ICE to SaskTel Centre on Friday, September 13th, and Saturday, September 14th. Contact the Blades office at 306-975-8844 for tickets or more information.

Listed below is the box scores from the four camp scrimmages on Tuesday: Game 5

Gulutzan (6) Clark (5)

Brandon Lisowsky (unassisted)

Tristen Robins (Nolan Kneen, Ryan Hughes)

Connor Michaud (Brandon Ambrozik, Aiden Celebrini)

Hayden Smith (Lisowsky, Alex Ozar)

Zach Huber (Hughes, Kneen)

Robins (Kneen, 3v3)

Tyler Ho (Braden Plaschewsky)

Plaschewsky (Ho)

Ty Ettinger (Alex Bernauer)

Jordan Grill (unassisted)

Randen Schmidt (Ho)

Radek Kucerik found the back of the net on his backhand as the lone scorer in the shootout competition.

Game 6

McLellan (4) Holtby (4)

Cyle McNabb (Chase Wouters)

Kyle Crnkovic (unassisted)

Crnkovic (penalty shot)

Scott Walford (3v3)

Libor Zabransky (Aidan De La Gorgendiere)

Eric Florchuk (Riley McKay, Colton Dach)

Cash Arntsen (Ethan Williment)

C. Dach (unassisted)

Aidan Hyra was the lone scorer in the shootout competition, sniping truly through the five-hole.

Game 7: Third Place Game

Gulutzan (2) Clark (4)

Kyle Lamoureux (penalty shot)

Zach Huber (Nolan Kneen)

Braden Plaschewsky (Randen Schmidt, Charlie Wright)

Brayden Bablitz (Sammy May, Jayden Wiens)

Schmidt (Spencer Shugrue)

Davis Frank (Jordan Grill)

Game 8: 2019 Kirkness Cup Final

Holtby (4) McLellan (3)

Riley McKay (Colton Dach, Eric Florchuk)

Cash Arntsen (Nicholas Wolfenberg, Florchuk)

Ethan Williment (McKay)

McKay (unassisted, 3v3)

Kyle Crnkovic (penalty shot)

Kayden Ostrom (Parker Malchuk, Mason Bueckert)

Cyle McNabb (Majid Kaddoura)

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Team Holtby claims the Kirkness Cup
Team Holtby claims the Kirkness Cup


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