The only negative Saturday for the Saskatoon Blades wasn’t securing a shutout for Ryan Kubic.
But, after surrendering Tanner Kaspic’s power play tally with 46 seconds remaining in the third period, the 19-year-old goaltender wasn’t chastened.
“Not really, no,” said the St. Andrews, Mb, product when asked if losing the “clean sheet” was a big deal to him or not. “It’s just important that we got the win. That’s the main thing, just getting wins.”
That’s “wins”…plural…and the Bridge City Bunch can now claim to have multiple victories in succession after rolling to a 4-1 triumph over the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday at SaskTel Centre. It was the first back-to-back wins for the Blue and Gold…and they came on back-to-back nights after the Blades skated out of Swift Current with a 4-3 win on Friday.
Having said that, the missed shutout bid gnawed at Saskatoon head coach Dean Brockman a little.
“Unfortunately, we took a dumb penalty at the end there to break the shutout,” said Brockman. “(Kubic has) been pretty solid and that’s exactly what we wanted out of him. The guys have seen now that he’s a top-notch goalie.”
Kubic made 32 saves on 33 shots against Brandon…65 stops in the back-to-back victories on 69 shots, a .942 save percentage against the division rival Broncos and Wheaties. Brandon out-shot Saskatoon 33-23.
Overage centre Cam Hebig picked up Saturday where he left off Friday, opening the scoring on a 4-on-3 power play and adding a second goal to his first career WHL hat-trick Friday in Swift Current. Tyler Lees…with his second goal in as many games since coming back from a pre-season…and Chase Wouters also notched goals for the Bridge City Bunch, now 5-7-1 for the season as they head off on the road next week for three games in the Central Division. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Brandon Wheat Kings 1 at Saskatoon Blades 4 - Status: Final Saturday, October 28, 2017 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
Brandon 0 0 1 - 1 Saskatoon 2 2 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Saskatoon, Hebig 11 (Shmyr, Goethals), 15:07 (PP). 2, Saskatoon, Lees 2 (Michaud, Farren), 17:13. Penalties-Hájek Sas (hooking), 3:11; Lewis Bdn (tripping), 13:42; Hájek Sas (high sticking), 13:42; Schneider Bdn (kneeing), 14:50; Rubinchik Sas (clipping), 18:15.