EDMONTON – While on the road towards getting to .500, there was an unexpected twist for the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.
Cam Hebig sent a soft shot along the ice between the pads of Boston Bilous with 9.8 seconds left in the third period, giving the Bridge City Bunch a momentous 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Instead of going to overtime, the Blue and Gold recorded their first win over the Oil Kings since November 20, 2015…ending a seven-game winless streak in head-to-head meetings with Edmonton.
“Yeah,” replied Blades defenceman Libor Hajek when asked if he was getting ready for extra time. “I saw it was nine seconds left (when Hebig scored). I was happy I didn’t have to go to overtime. I was tired, we got two points…that’s great.”
Hajek scored a first period power play goal and assisted on Josh Paterson’s man-advantage tally that gave Saskatoon a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. But, Trey Fix-Wolansky got the Oil Kings on the board just 14 seconds into the second period and Tomas Soustal tied the score 27 seconds into the third period on a power play. Going into the final 15 seconds of the third period, it appeared that there would be a 3-2 final score…only it would happen either in the five-minute overtime or in the shootout.
Until Hebig came along.
“I was kind of scared when they tied it up,” said Hajek. “I can’t remember the last time we beat them.”
The win gave the Bridge City Bunch two wins out of three games on a Central Division road trip, improving their overall record to 7-8-1. The Blue and Gold are off until Friday when they host the Swift Current Broncos. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Saskatoon Blades 3 at Edmonton Oil Kings 2 - Status: Final Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB