The Saskatoon Blades have finally started to regain health and have put
together a nice streak. Since losing 9-4 to a the Lethbridge Hurricanes at
home, the Blades have realed off 4 straight wins including a pair this past
weekend vs the arch rival Prince Albert Raiders. The Blades began with a
4-2 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers, then followed with a 5-4 win over
the division leading Regina Pats.
The Blades continued there winning ways
this past weekend defeating the Raiders by scores of 7-2 in Prince Albert,
followed by a 9-3 win at home Saturday night. With the recent success, the
Blades now have a 7 point lead for the final playoff spot in the east and
also have 1 game in hand on the Raiders. The Blades trail the Moose Jaw
Warriors by 6 points with 2 games in hand for 3rd in the division.
The recent surge for the Blades has been led by 20 year old, 5 year veteran
Justin Kelly. Kelly has been on fire since christmas, averaging more than
2.5 points per game. During the recent four game win streak, Kelly has
notched 8 goals and 12 points. Kelly has moved into 4th in league scoring
with 67 points on 31 goals. As Justin Kelly go’s, the Blades go down the
Blade Tidbits and Prospects:
The Saskatoon Blades have several prospects looking very good for
possible roster spots next season. Blade 1st Rounder and 2nd overall pick
Joe Barnes scored 1 goal and 4 assists in the Manitoba AAA all-star game
this past weekend. Barnes has scored 45 points in 40 games as a 15 year old
this season. Another Manitoba AAA all-star Josh Froese has 64 points in 45
games this season for the Pembina Valley Hawks.
Other Blade prospects that are showing well this season are: Wacey
Rabbitt, who has seen action in 3 Blades games so far this season. Rabbitt
has recorded 1 assist in those 3 games, the assist he recorded was in his
first game and at that time he was still only 14 years old. Rabbitt has
recorded 43 points so far this season as a 15 year old in the Alberta AAA
midget league playing for the Calgary North Stars. Jesse Van Dalfsen is 4th
in Alberta Bantum scoring with 50 points so far.
The Blades have the next few days off to prepare for a 3 game in 3 night
Alberta road trip. The Blades will be in Medicine Hat on Friday, Lethbridge
Saturday and wrap up the trip Sunday in Red Deer against the defending
memorial Cup champs.