Although they're approaching the mid-point of the 2017-18 W-H-L season, the Saskatoon Blades continue to be maddeningly inconsistent.
The Bridge City Bunch faltered in the second period Tuesday night and lost 4-1 to the Seattle Thunderbirds. The setback followed a heady 4-0 triumph in Portland on Sunday. That came on the heels of a listless 3-0 loss on Saturday in Everett.
"That really bit us," admitted Blades head coach Dean Brockman, referring to the second period in which the Blue and Gold were out-shot 17-3, yet only trailed 2-1 because of stellar goaltending from Nolan Maier. "I thought in the first period, we kind of stayed there, it was just an even period and then the second period, they totally dominated us and we couldn't find enough in the third to come back."
Defenceman Seth Bafaro matched Tyler Carpendale's game-opening tally for 13-13-3 Seattle. Finnish forward Sami Moilanen broke the tie on a second period marker...originally called no goal, but reversed after a video review. Maier had another strong effort, stopping 31 shots as the Thunderbirds held a 35-28 shots on goal advantage.
Saskatoon finished their biennial "American Adventure" with a 2-3-0 record...leaving them 11-15-3 overall and three points back of Prince Albert for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We found some good things on this road trip," explained Brockman. "Unfortunately, we weren't consistent with the good things at times and, if we find that consistency, we'll be okay."
The Blades play six of their next seven games at home to get to the official half-way mark of their season. Saskatoon hosts Kamloops Saturday at 7:05 and the Raiders Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at SaskTel Centre. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Saskatoon Blades 1 at Seattle Thunderbirds 4 - Status: Final Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - ShoWare Center - Kent, WA