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Rivalry Weekend Heads North as Blades Look for Ninth Straight

March 16, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Saskatoon Blades News Release

Saskatoon Blades (45-14-8-0) at Prince Albert Raiders (53-10-2-2)

Date | Time 7:00pm, Saturday, March 16th

Place Art Hauser Centre, Prince Albert, SK

Radio 98 COOL FM | Pre-Game Show w/ Les Lazaruk @ 6:00pm

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Next Home Game 7:00pm Friday, March 22nd Game 1 vs Moose Jaw

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Watch Party Shoeless Joes Sports Grill

TALE OF THE TAPE

Saskatoon Blades (45-14-8-0 - 98pts) 2nd - East Division 2nd - Eastern Conference PP- 65/291 = 22.3% (9th in WHL) PK- 186/229 = 81.2% (6th in WHL) Last 5: (5-0-0-0) Streak: (8-0-0-0)

Prince Albert Raiders (53-10-2-2 - 110pts) 1st - East Division 1st - Eastern Conference PP- 57/256 = 22.3% (10th in WHL) PK- 246/284 = 86.6% (1st in WHL) Last 5: (3-2-0-0) Streak: (0-1-0-0)

Tonight...

The Saskatoon Blades wrap up the regular season schedule in Prince Albert against the Raiders. The Blades will look to close things out on a winning note as they enter tonight on an eight game winning streak and try to hit the 100-point mark for the first time since 2011.

The last game...

The Blades scored once in each period last night en route to a 3-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders in front of 9188 fans at SaskTel Centre. Max Gerlach (41), Ryan Hughes (30), and Brandon Schuldhaus (8) all scored for the Blades while Nolan Maier made 28 saves in goal for his 36th win of the year.

Head to head...

The Blades are 2-4-1-0 in the season series against PA. Dawson Davidson and Max Gerlach each have six points in the series for Saskatoon. Cole Fonstad and Noah Gregor lead the Raiders' offense in the series with 11 points each. In the last 31 games the Blades are 24-3-3-0 (51pts) and the Raiders are 20-8-2-1 (43pts). Saskatoon's PP against Prince Albert is 8/33 (24.2%) and the PK is 20/24 (83.3%).

Who's hot...

Max Gerlach is coming off back-to-back multi-point games and is on a 4-game point streak, Dawson Davidson has points in four straight games, and Ryan Hughes has 3 goals and 5 points in his last 3 games. Nolan Maier has won his last six starts. In those six starts, Maier has a stat line of: .938SV% - 1.83GAA - 2SO - 6-0-0-0.

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This Date in Blades History: March 16, 2011...The Blades won their 54th game of the 2010-11 regular-season, on the way to a franchise-record 56 victories, when they won Game 70 of the season and home game #35 by a 3-2 score over the Moose Jaw Warriors in a shootout. Matej Stransky and Darian Dziurzynski tallied in regulation time while Marek Viedensky and Brayden Schenn scored in the shootout in front of 8,630 fans at Credit Union Centre. Saskatoon out-shot Moose Jaw 44-35 in a game in which the goaltenders...Thomas Heemskerk for the Warriors and Steven Stanford for the Blades...were the first two stars.

Up next: The Blades will open up the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs on home ice on Friday, March 22nd at SaskTel Centre against the Moose Jaw Warriors.


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