Blades Lose Final Game of 5-In-7 Spurt
Medicine Hat, AB - The Saskatoon Blades have dropped the final game of their 5-games-in-7-days spurt, losing 3-1 to the Tigers in Medicine Hat. The loss, their first in regulation since October 1st, ends the Blades' point-streak at 7 games and their win streak at 4.
A Herculean effort by Nolan Maier kept Saskatoon in touch with Medicine Hat all night, which begun with Maier making 21 saves in the 1st period alone. The 18-year-old goaltender finished his night with 48 saves on 51 shots faced for a .941 SVS%.
Medicine Hat scored all three of their goals in the 2nd period while Zach Huber, the lone goal scorer for the Blades, sniped his 3rd goal of the season on the power play 9:56 into the 3rd. He was assisted by Riley McKay and rookie D-man Charlie Wright. Wright, who is still 15-years-old, notched his first ever Western Hockey League point with the assist.
The Blades' penalty kill extended their successful streak to 25 penalties killed straight, including two tense kills back-to-back when the scores were still level in the 1st period.
With his assist, McKay extends his point streak to six games (1G-5A). Chase Wouters won 18 of 24 face-offs attempted, and Scott Walford & McKay led the team in shots on goal with 4 apiece.
Saskatoon are back in action on Saturday night when they face the ICE in Winnipeg for the first game of a weekend back-to-back with the Manitoban club. Puck drop is at 6:30 CST.
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