What worked in the third period on Sunday was maintained by the Saskatoon Blades Tuesday…with prolific results!
Linemates Cam Hebig and Kirby Dach each posted four-point games, pacing the Bridge City Bunch to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. Twenty-year-old Hebig is the centre. He had two goals and two assists. Sixteen-year-old Dach is the right winger. He tallied a highlight-reel winning marker and added three helpers. Left winger Brad Goethals chipped in the opening goal.
Assistant coach Ryan Keller said Blue and Gold head coach Dean Brockman gets the credit for shuffling the lines back on Sunday with the score tied 2-2 in a must-win battle with Prince Albert. The Blades went on to win 3-2 and the decision was made to stay with the changes against the ‘Canes.
Simply, a “genius” move!
“Yeah, it sure was,” answered the veteran Hebig when it was suggested to him that the goals he scored came easy with the set-ups he received from Dach. “I had some nice plays made to me and I just had to put it home. Yeah, nice to get those passes.”
As for the rookie Dach, he had this to say about what he gleans from being on a line with Hebig, “Just how to hold yourself…one and off the ice. He’s a great mentor for me to learn from for upcoming years on how to be a leader in the dressing room for sure. I think he’s one of our most vocal guys in the dressing room…steps up and tells us when we need to do better or we’re doing good at the time. And, I think that’s something I need to learn from him and take away from this year.”
Josh Paterson notched the other goal for Saskatoon, who scored on their second, fourth and sixth shots on Lethbridge goaltender Stuart Skinner in the first 10 minutes of the first period. To their credit, the Hurricanes didn’t roll over and quit…rallying to within 4-3 in the third period. But, they couldn’t overcome the Bridge City Bunch’s fast start.
Dylan Cozens, Calen Addison and Jake Elmer tallied for the 14-14-2 Canes, who were outshot 42-33. Their fourth-ranked power play was 0-for-4, with only two shots on goal. Conversely, the 13-16-3 Blue and Gold were 2-for-6 with the man advantage.
Coupled with Swift Current’s 2-1 win over visiting Prince Albert and the Blades are just two points back of the Raiders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Saskatoon finishes up their pre-Christmas schedule with three games-in-three nights this weekend…Friday in Regina, Saturday at home to Kelowna and hosting the Pats Sunday. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 at Saskatoon Blades 5 - Status: Final Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
Lethbridge 0 2 1 - 3 Saskatoon 3 1 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Saskatoon, Goethals 8 (Hebig, Dach), 4:39. 2, Saskatoon, Hebig 25 (Dach, Hájek), 8:38 (PP). 3, Saskatoon, Paterson 10 (Zawatsky), 9:29. Penalties-Caller Sas (tripping), 2:28; Harke Let (tripping), 8:00; Merezhko Let (tripping), 10:08; Machado Sas (slashing), 13:29; Zablocki Let (slashing), 19:33.
2nd Period-4, Lethbridge, Cozens 9 (Ross), 2:52. 5, Saskatoon, Dach 4 (Shmyr, Hebig), 9:35 (PP). 6, Lethbridge, Addison 7 (Elmer, Joseph), 13:03. Penalties-Zawatsky Sas (delay of game), 3:10; Franklin Let (checking to the head), 8:33; Machado Sas (interference), 15:38; Olson Let (interference), 16:16.