It was a 3-2 final, but it definitely wasn't played like a low scoring affair.
The Saskatoon Blades threw a total of 45 shots on goal towards Thomas Heemskerk tonight, and the goalie played well enough to earn his team a (meaningless) point.
In the end the game was a shootout win for the Blades. San Jose Sharks prospect Marek Viedensky scored the shootout winner against San Jose Sharks prospect Heemskerk.
The game was scoreless until almost 16 minutes into the 2nd period when Jesse Paradis got his 8th of the year. But the Blades were quick to bounce back as Matej Stransky scored 23 seconds later to even things at 1.
Things would stay that way until Darian Dzirurzynski finished off an ugly play 3 minutes into the third as he slid a loose puck under Heemskerk to made it 2-1 Blades.
The Moose Jaw Warriors had a pair of AP players up for the game, and they played very well on their 4th line. Torrin White scored his first WHL goal in his first WHL game as well at the 10:29 mark of the 3rd to tie it at 2. The 15 year old made a head fake in the slot before going off the post and in to beat Steven Stanford.
Both teams traded chances down the stretch and into overtime but neither team could buldge the twine.
It went to a shootout where the Blades went 2/2, and Moose Jaw going 0/2. Along with Viedensky, Brayden Schenn also scored in the shootout. Quinton Howden and Sebastian Svendsen both were stopped on their attempts.
A lack of PP success was a story as the teams combined to go 0 for 12. The Blades had 7 of those chances, and haven't scored on the powerplay in 5 straight games. They are 0 for 18 in that stretch.
All hell broke loss at 11:50 of the third period, I guess I should mention that. Brent Benson laid a hit on a MJ player at the Blades bench. As he did that, he tried to lift the player up and into the bench. A Warriors player came to his teammates aid (I think Edmondson) and Darren Dietz jumped in. Those two fought. Meanwhile, Dylan McIlrath got his stick/gloves up on Lukas Sutter. After it was all said and done, Sutter and Dietz were left bloodied. Dietz never returned, but looked fine after the game, despite a big cut on his nose. Sutter didn't miss a shift.
Two players also left the game with injury. Jake Trask was rocked by Brett Lyon on his first shift of the game. He was reaching to shoot the puck and Lyon looked to get his arm into the head area of Trask. Ryan Olsen fell awkwardly into the boards in the 3rd period after being hit. He appeared to hurt his shoulder and never returned.
Assistant Coach Dave Struch said both players were ok and neither injury was serious. I guess we will see if that's true or not. Connor Cox was also hurt yesterday in practice. He hit his head and has a minor concussion. I talked to him during the game and he said he was feeling "ok" and will be raring to go by the time the playoffs start on the 26th.
With the win, the Blades earned their 31st win on home ice this year, tying the franchise record. They can pass that record in their final regular season game of the year on Saturday night as they host Regina.
Before that time, the Blades travel to the provincial capital to take on the Pats on Friday night.
I will have a post tomorrow with video of the fights from tonight's game. I will also list my Blades award winners, as the team is set to announce the official winners on Saturday night.