|Missing Defence Hurts Blades|
|Written by Les Lazaruk|
|Tuesday, 05 March 2013 22:20|
The Saskatoon Blades' defensive woes carried over from the final 20:45 in Moose Jaw Sunday into a 9-5 loss Tuesday to the visiting Calgary Hitmen. Many in the crowd of 6,252 had barely settled in their seats when Brady Brassart put the 41-20-5 Hitmen ahead just 17 seconds into the game. It was catch-up the rest of the night for the Bridge City Bunch...something they couldn't do as they had their 11-game home-ice winning streak end, as well as a 19 consecutive game run of earning points in the standings. Cody Sylvester had a goal and five assists for Calgary, who moved ahead of 41-22-4 Saskatoon for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Brady Brassart had two goals and three assists, Greg Chase and Jake Virtanen each scored twice while defenceman Jaynen Rissling had a goal, two assists and was +6. Josh Nicholls, Matthew Stransky, Darren Dietz, Collin Valcourt and Matt Pufahl replied for the Blades. Nicholls' 42nd goal of the season was the 133rd of his career, tying him with Hockey Hall of Fame member Bernie Federko for sixth place on the all-time Blades' goal-scoring list. There was more good news and bad news coming out of the evening for Saskatoon. The bad was that left winger Michael Ferland left the game in the first period with an Upper Body injury and is listed as day-to-day for a return to the line-up. The Blades' Magic Number to clinch the East Division dipped to two points when Swift Current doubled Prince Albert 6-3. Saskatoon is home to Medicine Hat on Friday.
Calgary Hitmen 9 at Saskatoon Blades 5 - Status: Final
Calgary 5 1 3 - 9
1st Period-1, Calgary, Brassart 29 (Sylvester, Rissling), 0:17. 2, Calgary, Virtanen 13 3:35. 3, Saskatoon, Nicholls 42 (Craig, Sutter), 12:37. 4, Calgary, Sylvester 34 (Brassart, Chase), 14:31. 5, Calgary, Padakin 20 (Brooks, Jones), 15:20. 6, Saskatoon, Stransky 40 (Walker), 18:49. 7, Calgary, Rissling 5 (Brassart, Sylvester), 19:31. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-8, Saskatoon, Dietz 21 (Pufahl, Walker), 12:38 (PP). 9, Calgary, Chase 15 (Sylvester, Rask), 13:31. Penalties-Brooks Cal (roughing), 5:43; Brassart Cal (hooking), 12:04; Nicholls Sas (hooking), 15:27; Brassart Cal (inter. on goaltender), 16:23.
3rd Period-10, Saskatoon, Valcourt 21 (Walker), 3:32. 11, Calgary, Chase 16 (Sylvester, Brassart), 9:27. 12, Saskatoon, Pufahl 6 (Nicholls, Dietz), 11:14 (PP). 13, Calgary, Virtanen 14 (Rissling, Macek), 11:59. 14, Calgary, Brassart 30 (Sylvester), 17:44. Penalties-Zgraggen Cal (delay of game), 4:32; Roach Cal (major-fighting), 9:01; Stransky Sas (major-fighting), 9:01; Brooks Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:43; Sutter Sas (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:43; Macek Cal (tripping), 10:43; Stransky Sas (tripping), 18:12; Walker Sas (cross checking), 18:12; Siemens Sas (cross checking), 18:28.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 20-7-11-38. Saskatoon 10-10-9-29.