The Saskatoon Blades are back on the Crowsnest Highway, heading towards Cranbrook, B.C. and Wednesday night's Western Hockey League game against the Kootenay ICE.
Weather and road conditions cut short the Bridge City Bunch's Saskatoon Blades’ travel day on Tuesday. With winds from the west at 70, gusting to 90-kilometres per hour, creating a blowing snow advisory that led to vehicle accidents and others sliding off into ditches…that led to the closure of Highway 3 and the Bridge City Bunch forced to wait it out in Pincher Creek, Ab...some two-and-a-half hours away from their ultimate destination.
Centre Kirby Dach (pictured) is with the team, having practiced Tuesday before the bus left. Dach missed Sunday’s game with Regina with an Upper Body injury after being checked from behind Saturday by Prince Albert’s Parker Kelly.
Meanwhile, Nolan Maier’s next win will make him the first 16-year-old goaltender to win at least 20 games in a W-H-L season since Calvin Pickard won 23 games with Seattle in 2008-09. While it’s not known yet whether he’ll be in goal tonight, Maier has been fabulous since being thrust into the Number One role in mid-November. The Blades were languishing in the East Division basement with an 8-10-1 record. Since then, the 16-year-old has played 30 of 38 games, posting a 19-9-1 record with a goals against-average just over three and a save percentage above 90.
First face-off Wednesday night for the Blades at Kootenay is 8 o’clock with the broadcast at 7-30 on 92-9, THE BULL.