They never trailed, they out-shot the home team, they got key saves from their goaltender...and the Saskatoon Blades won the first game of their U-S Division road trip after travelling 18 hours on a bus to get to Kennewick, Washington, upending the Tri-City Americans 5-2 Tuesday.
Cam Hebig's power play goal put the Bridge City Bunch out front, followed 72 seconds later by Josh Paterson's tally to make it 2-0. From there, the Ams chased the game for the rest of the evening in front of 2,676 fans at the Toyota Center.
"They just kept it simple and we sure shored up in our defensive zone," said assistant coach Jerome Engele. "We had a lot of blocked shots by almost every player on the team and (goaltender Nolan) Maier played extremely well. When he did have to make some big stops, he saved a few guys butts. Other than that, it was a good road game."
Caleb Fantillo, Brad Goethals and Braylon Shmyr also tallied for the 10-12-3 Blue and Gold as they extended their streak of picking up points in the standings to four games (2-0-2) while ending a three-game, head-to-head losing streak against Tri-Cities (14-8-2). It was also the Blades' first win in Kennewick since January, 2010...three straight setbacks in between. Maier made 26 saves as Saskatoon out-shot the Americans 43-28. Both teams were 1-for-6 on the power play. Hebig added two assists, giving him 38 points for the season. Shmyr's empty-net goal extended his points streak to seven games. Kirby Dach had two assists, giving him five consecutive games with at least one helper.
The Bridge City Bunch are back in action Wednesday in Spokane against the Chiefs. Game time is 9 p.m. with the broadcast on 92-9, THE BULL at 8:30. Following is the official game summary from the W-H-L...
Saskatoon Blades 5 at Tri-City Americans 2 - Status: Final Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Toyota Center - Kennewick, WA