The Saskatoon Blades won their 13th consecutive home game over Prince Albert at SaskTel Centre, doubling the Raiders 4-2 in front of 3,395 fans Wednesday.
The result moves the Blue and Gold two points ahead of Prince Albert into the eighth and final playoff spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference with the back end of the team’s post-Christmas home-and-home series slated for Thursday at the Art Hauser Centre.
Cam Hebig’s second goal of the night, at 12:16 of the second period, snapped a 2-2 tie as the Blades won for the fifth time in their last six games and improved their overall record to 16-17-3 for 35 points. That’s tied with Regina after the Pats lost 5-3 in Brandon Wednesday. The 13-15-7 Raiders have 33 points and are in the East Division basement for the first time this season.
Josh Paterson and defenceman Jackson Caller also tallied for Saskatoon in the see-saw affair. The Bridge City Bunch jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half of the first period, only to have Brett Leason and Devon Skoleski score 38 seconds apart to knot the score before the opening frame was over.
The pressure is on P.A. to respond Thursday. They’ve won their last four home games over the Blades. In fact, the last six head-to-head meetings on back-to-back nights between the Raiders and Saskatoon has seen the teams split with home-ice triumphs. Game time is 7 p.m. with the broadcast on 92-9, THE BULL at 6:30. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Prince Albert Raiders 2 at Saskatoon Blades 4 - Status: Final Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
Prince Albert 2 0 0 - 2 Saskatoon 2 2 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Saskatoon, Paterson 13 (Rubinchik, Shmyr), 4:08. 2, Saskatoon, Hebig 27 (Shmyr, Dach), 9:56 (PP). 3, Prince Albert, Leason 5 (Martin), 12:44 (PP). 4, Prince Albert, Skoleski 8 (Martin), 13:22. Penalties-Pachal Pa (hooking), 9:03; Miller Pa (major-fighting), 10:58; Ramsay Sas (unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting), 10:58.
2nd Period-5, Saskatoon, Hebig 28 (Ramsay), 12:16. 6, Saskatoon, Caller 2 (Paterson, Shmyr), 13:18. Penalties-Zawatsky Sas (hooking), 2:15; Kustra Sas (high sticking), 7:02; Martin Pa (slashing), 17:43; Bafaro Sas (slashing), 17:43.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Caller Sas (holding), 3:42; Miller Pa (high sticking), 5:42; Kustra Sas (elbowing), 14:55; Leason Pa (tripping), 14:58.
Shots on Goal-Prince Albert 7-9-6-22. Saskatoon 14-13-15-42. Power Play Opportunities-Prince Albert 1 / 5; Saskatoon 1 / 3. Goalies-Prince Albert, Scott 9-10-0-2 (42 shots-38 saves). Saskatoon, Maier 8-6-0-1 (22 shots-20 saves). A-3,395 Referees-Reagan Vetter (39), Adam Bloski (16). Linesmen-Tanner McGregor (55), Aydon Brown.