Blades knock off Americans in first home victory
The Blades needed overtime to get their first home-win of the season
against the second-place Americans from Tri-City last night.
“Anytime you start 0-4 at home, you want to give the fans something to cheer about,” said forward Josh Nicholls. “We worked our bags off tonight and it was nice to get rewarded in overtime.”
It was Matej Stransky’s goal at the 1:16 mark of the extra frame that sealed the deal for the Blades.
“It was amazing, we needed that so bad,” said Stransky of the game-winning goal.
The 4,500 fans in attendance had reason to cheer early on as it only took only 31 seconds for the Blades to open scoring as Josh Nicholls was sent in alone against Tri-City’s Eric Comrie, after a feed from Stransky.
The goal was Nicholls’ 100 in his WHL career.
Blades fans were silenced however, as the Americans responded with a goal from Lucas Nickles to tie the game up at one a piece midway through the first.
The Americans maintained momentum in the second period with a go-ahead-goal by Connor Rankin with four minutes to go in the second period.
Saskatoon wasn’t done yet as the Blades quickly jumped back into the game with Nicholls netting his second goal of the night with a wrist-shot over Comrie’s right shoulder.
The second period ended with a 2-2 tie and it would stay that way after the third period, despite a multitude of chances from both offences.
The Blades had the best chance as Tri-City’s Brian Williams took a goalie interference penalty in the last two minutes of the third period but they couldn’t capitalize on the man-advantage.
It was an end-to-end rush by the Blades’ Shane McColgan in overtime feeding Stransky in the middle, who fired a slap-shot past Comrie to end the game.
Andrey Makarov got the win in net for the boys in blue.
The Blades have a day off before heading south to Swift Current where they hope to get some revenge after a 10-1 beating at the hands of the Broncos on Oct. 5.
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