GAME 27 RECAP | Blades outlast Chiefs to end off U.S. road trip
Spokane, WA – The Saskatoon Blades ended their U.S. Division road trip with a 2-0 win Wednesday against the Spokane Chiefs at Veterans Memorial Arena.
Import defenceman Samuel Barcik picked up his first career WHL goal in the first period for Saskatoon, standing as the game-winner. The Zvolen, SVK product leads the Blades in rookie scoring with six points (1G, 5A) in 24 games this season.
Rookie netminder Evan Gardner earned his second career WHL shutout stopping 30 shots. The Lake Country, BC native boasts a 6-4-0-0 record, with a .928 save-percentage and 2.04 goals-against-average.
The Blades extend their lead on first place in the Eastern Conference with 37 points and a 18-7-1-0 record, three more than the second-place Medicine Hat Tigers.
Blades import defenceman Samuel Barcik scored his first WHL goal 4:15 into the game to make it 1-0. The 6-foot-2 blueliner wristed a shot from the point while Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Fraser Minten set a scream in front to take away the eyes of goalie Dawson Cowan. Forward Vaughn Watterodt extended his to point streak to four games with the primary assist on the goal.. It’s the second straight game a rookie Blade got their first goal on the opening goal of the game after forward Zach Moore did so last night against the Tri-City Americans. Barick leads Blades rookie in points with one goal and five assists in 24 games, and sent the Blades up by one into intermission.
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The Blades remained up 1-0 until four seconds left in the game when forward Lukas Hansen potted the insurance marker to seal the 2-0 win. The Winnipeg, MB product’s eighth goal of the year came unassisted, giving him 14 points (8G, 6A) in 25 games.
The Blades conclude their season-long seven-game road trip Friday in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes.
Puck drop is 8:00pm CT.