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Game Notes vs Moose Jaw: March 22nd Game 1

March 22, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Saskatoon Blades News Release

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TALE OF THE TAPE

Saskatoon Blades(45-15-8-0 - 98pts) 2nd - East Division 2nd - Eastern Conference PP- 65/297 = 21.9% (10th in WHL) PK- 193/237 = 81.4% (5th in WHL) Final 10 games: (8-2-0-0)

Moose Jaw Warriors (40-20-6-2 - 88pts) 3rd - East Division 5th - Eastern Conference PP- 70/255 = 27.5% (3rd in WHL) PK- 178/221 = 80.5% (7th in WHL) Final 10 games: (6-4-0-0)

Tonight...

The Blades make their long awaited return to the post-season for the first time since 2013, hosting the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. This is just the second time in history of the WHL that the Blades and Warriors have met in the post-season; Moose Jaw won a first round series 4-2 back in 2003. Saskatoon finished the season in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and East Division, the Warriors were 3rd in the East Division and 5th in the conference.

Head to head...

The Blades won the season series 5-1, including the last four meetings, two of which were earlier in the month of March. All games in the season series ended in regulation time. Saskatoon was 7/25 (28%) on the power play in the season series and 14/18 (77.8%) on the PK.

Max Gerlach (5G-3A-8PTS) led the Blades offense in the season series, Gary Haden (3-4-7) and Kirby Dach (2-5-7) were close behind with 7pts each. Tristin Langan led the Warriors with 6G-3A-9PTS in 5 games vs the Blades this season, Justin Almeida was second with 2G-6A-8PTS.

Season Summary...

Saskatoon finished the 2018-19 season having won 15 of their last 17 games to hit 98 points on the season. This is their 7th best total in franchise history. 20-year-old defenceman Dawson Davidson led the team in scoring from the blue line with 75 points. Davidson was named to the Eastern Conference's 1st All-Star team, and finished tied with Moose Jaw's Josh Brook for most points by a d-man in the WHL.

Max Gerlach finished one point behind Davidson with 74, including 42 goals which tied for 6thmost in the WHL. Top CHL prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft, Kirby Dach, finished 3rd in teams scoring with 73 points, and had the highest points-per-game on the Blades roster at 1.18PPG.

In goal, Nolan Maier piled up 36 wins which was the 3rd most in the WHL. The 2001 born sophomore finished with a stat line of 2.63GAA - .910SV% - 36-10-4-0 and 4 shutouts.

The Opponent...

The Moose Jaw Warriors boast a lethal lineup of two of the top three scorers in the WHL. Tristin Langan finished second in the WHL scoring race with 113 points and his line mate Justin Almeida was right behind with 111. Playing between those two is rookie Brayden Tracey who led all WHL rookies with 81 points. On the back end, the Warriors have two of the league's top defenders in Josh Brook, who tied for the WHL scoring race among defensemen with Saskatoon's Dawson Davidson at 75, and Vancouver Canucks signed prospect, Jett Woo who had 66 points.


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