After a tough loss at home, the Saskatoon Blades will look to to wash the bad taste out in a rematch tonight against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
“It’s definitely a hard pill to swallow, but I thought we deserved a better fate,” coach Dean Brockman said Saturday following his team’s crushing 4-2 loss to the Wheaties.
Brockman said it’s all about moral victories with the playoffs all but out of reach.
“We’ve still got lots to play for.”
Backup netminder Dylan Myskiw stymied a relentless Blades attack all night on Saturday, stopping 29 of 31 shots in the win.
He’s set to get some increased playing time down the stretch. Starting goaltender Logan Thompson was hurt in the second period of Friday’s game against the Swift Current Broncos.
Brandon is looking to seal the top wildcard spot in the Eastern conference standings and play the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round.
Optimism surrounded the Blades a few weeks ago as they looked to be on track to make the playoffs for the first time since hosting the Memorial Cup in 2013.
On Feb. 20, the Saskatoon Blades held an eight-point advantage over the Prince Albert Raiders for the final playoff spot.
Since then, Prince Albert has been the hottest team in the WHL, beating the league’s top teams en route to a nine-game winning streak.
Saskatoon went the opposite direction, losing four straight and six of seven games in that stretch.
In all, the Raiders claimed 18 points while the Blades took just three points.