Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Blades hot trio burns Tigers

Dawson Davidson had three assists for the Blades.
    Saskatoon Blades hot trio proved to be too much for the Medicine Hat Tigers to handle.
    Offensive defenceman Dawson Davidson, overage right-winger Max Gerlach and veteran left-winger “Uncle” Gary Haden all extended their respective lengthy consecutive game points streaks to help the Blades dump the Tigers 6-3 in a WHL regular season contest before 2,646 spectators at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat on Wednesday.
    Davidson picked up three assists and now has points in 14 straight games collecting two goals and 22 assists over that span of time.
    Gerlach fired home two goals and now has points in 12 straight games posting 11 goals and 10 assists in his run.
    Haden had one assist and now has points in his last nine straight games recording 10 goals and eight assists over his streak.
    Gerlach and Haden are former members of the Tigers.
    The Tigers opened the game’s scoring, when captain James Hamblin potted his 31st goal of the season at the 2:44 mark of the first period.
    Before the opening frame ended, Gerlach netted his first of two goals on the night to even things up at 1-1.
    In the second, the Blades jumped ahead 3-1 on goals from right-winger Ryan Hughes and Gerlach potting his second of the night.
Max Gerlach had a pair of goals for the Blades.
    With 4:19 remaining in the second, 17-year-old left-winger Nick McCarry scored for the Tigers to cut the Blades lead to 3-2.
    Any momentum the Tigers built with that tally was erased when Blades centre Eric Florchuk potted his 18th goal of the season with 22.5 seconds to play in the second period to put the visitors up 4-2.
    By the 3:52 mark of the third, the Blades extended their advantage to 6-2 with goals coming from the sticks of Tristen Robins and captain Chase Wouters.
    Those tallies chased starter Mads Sogaard from the Tigers net. The import netminder turned away 22 of 28 shots fired his way.
    Jordan Hollett stopped all five shots he faced playing the rest of the way in relief.
    Tigers left-winger Ryan Jevne rounded out the game’s scoring with 3:38 remaining in the third period.
    Star netminder Nolan Maier made 25 saves to pick up the win in goal for the Blades, who won all four of their head-to-head meetings with the Tigers this season.
Gary Haden had an assist for the Blades.
    The Blades have won their last five straight improving to 35-13-8 and have standings points in their last 11 straight games posting a 9-0-2 mark over that time. They need to earn just eight more points in the standings to lock away a playoff berth without the help of any other results in the league.
    Saskatoon has matched its win total from last season. During the 2017-18 campaign, the Blades posted a 35-33-3-1 mark in missing the WHL playoffs for a fifth straight year.
    The Tigers fell to 31-19-3-2 with the setback.
    Saskatoon was still without star centre Kirby Dach, who is listed as out day to day after taking a puck in the throat last Saturday in a 4-1 victory over the Broncos in Swift Current.
    Blades import right-winger Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen took a double minor for high sticking in the third period of Wednesday’s game, which will be automatically reviewed by the WHL office for a possible suspension.
    The Blades return to action on Friday, when they travel to Cranbrook, B.C., to play the Kootenay Ice at 7 p.m. local time.
    The Tigers hit the ice again also on Friday, when they travel to Calgary to face the Hitmen at 7 p.m. local time.

Raiders buck Broncos for fifth straight win

Parker Kelly netted a pair of goals for the Raiders.
    The line of Parker Kelly, Dante Hannoun and Spencer Moe were making magic for the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday night.
    The trio combined for three goals and four assists to power the Raiders to a 3-1 victory in a WHL regular season against the Broncos before 2,273 spectators at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current.
    Hannoun netted the Raiders first goal at the 2:24 mark of the second period with Moe and import defenceman Sergei Sapego picking up the assists.
    A little over three minutes later, Kelly potted his first of two goals of the night with Hannoun and Raiders captain Brayden Pachal picking up helpers.
    The Broncos cut the gap to 2-1 at the 2:49 mark of the third period, when 17-year-old import right-winger Joona Kiviniemi netted his 14th goal of the campaign.
Spencer Moe had two assists for the Raiders.
    The Raiders, who are rated second in the CHL’s Top 10 rankings, sealed victory with 4:37 remaining in the third period Kelly wired home his second goal of the contest from the front of the Swift Current net off a beauty setup pass from Hannoun behind the Broncos goal. Moe picked up his second assist of the game on the play.
    Boston Bilous turned away 15 saves to pick up the win in goal for the Raiders, who improved their WHL leading record to 46-7-0-2 with five straight wins. Isaac Poulter, who is a 17-year-old rookie, stopped 40 shots to take the setback in goal for the Broncos (10-39-2-2).
    Prince Albert was without the services of star right-winger Brett Leason and star netminder Ian Scott who are both listed as day to day with lower body injuries.
    The Raiders return to action on Friday, when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
    The Broncos hit the ice again on Friday, when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex.

Stars alums get major win with Boston University

    Saskatoon products Nara Elia and Mackenna Parker got to taste victory in one of the most storied university hockey tournaments in the United States.
    On Tuesday, the two alums of the Saskatoon Stars female midget AAA team helped the Boston University Terriers women’s hockey team claim a 3-2 overtime victory over the Harvard University Crimson in the championship game of the 41st annual Women’s Beanpot tournament at the Bright-Landry Hockey Centre before 1,329 spectators in Cambridge, Mass.
    The win marked the first time the Terriers have won the Beanpot tournament since 1981.
    The Beanpot tournament consists of the four Boston area university teams going against each other for city bragging rights. It features the Terriers, Crimson, the Boston College Eagles and the Northeastern University Huskies.
    Just to show how important the event is, the women’s final received major coverage in the Boston Herald.
    The men’s version of the tournament just wrapped up its 67th edition. Northeastern won the men’s tournament 4-2 over Boston College on Monday at the TD Garden.
    In both women’s and men’s play, the four teams face each other in semifinal contests, where the winners advance to championship games.
    In the women’s final on Tuesday, redshirt junior co-captain Sammy Davis scored the winning goal for the Terriers at the 13:28 mark of sudden death overtime on a power play.
    In regulation, Reagan Rust and Natasza Tarnowski netted singles for the Terriers. Kaitlin Tse and Kristi Della Rovere replied with singles for the Crimson.
    Corinne Schroeder made 30 saves to pick up the win in goal for the Terriers, who are 17-6-7 overall. Lindsay Reed turned away 51 shots taking the setback in goal for the Crimson, who are 10-12-3 overall.
    Boston University is rated seventh in the National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s hockey rankings for division one schools.
    Elia is in her sophomore season with the Terriers and has posted six goals and nine assists in 29 games. She appeared in 58 regular season games with the Stars from 2012 to 2015 piling up 31 goals and 31 assist for 62 points and helped the Stars win their first Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League championship in 2014-15.
    Parker, who was the Stars captain last season, is a freshman and has 10 goals and four assists so far this season playing in all of the Terriers 30 games. She played in 104 regular season games with the Stars from 2014 to 2018 piling up 82 goals and 76 assists for 158 points.
    Parker was a member of all three of the Stars SFMAAAHL championship teams to date coming in the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 campaigns.

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