Leading 3-1 with five minutes to play in the second period against a Brandon team that was 1-7-3 in their previous 11 games, the Saskatoon Blades appeared to have Friday's road game in command.
But, junior hockey being what it is, the Wheat Kings scored the final five goals of the night, the last two into an empty net, and upended the Bridge City Bunch 6-3.
“We made a poor decision with the puck, brought it in front of our net and, obviously, it ended up in the back of our net,” explained Blades assistant coach Ryan Keller about the Luka Burzan goal that started the Brandon comeback late in the middle frame. “From there, we kind of unravelled, really. We were going good up until then and then, that little bit of adversity, we couldn’t recover from.”
Cole Reinhardt’s second goal of the game, off an odd-man rush caused by an ill-advised neutral zone pinch, with 6:08 remaining gave the Wheat Kings the lead for good.
Max Gerlach, Brad Goethals and Dawson Davidson, with his first since coming to Saskatoon from Regina, scored for the Blue and Gold…now 26-26-3 for the season…still tied with Prince Albert for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raiders lost 5-1 Friday in Swift Current. Meanwhile, 30-19-5 Brandon moved four points ahead of Regina into third place in the East Division…10 up on the Blue and Gold and P.A. The Pats fell 4-2 at home to Kootenay.
The Blades and Raiders meet Saturday at 7:05 at SaskTel Centre in a massive clash between the teams looking to claim the final post-season berth. Saskatoon has won 13 straight home games over Prince Albert, dating back to September 20, 2014. The broadcast on 92-9, THE BULL starts at 6:30. Following is the official summary from the WHL...
Saskatoon Blades 3 at Brandon Wheat Kings 6 - Status: Final Friday, February 9, 2018 - Westman Place - Brandon, MB