The Saskatoon Blades hope to end a four-game road trip on the right note heading into back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.
The three-and-five Blades started the week in Edmonton Tuesday with a thrilling overtime win at Rexall Place. Saskatoon jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second period with tallies from Nikita Soshnin and Cameron Hebig. The Oil Kings roared back with goals from Brandon Baddock and Lane Bauer forcing an extra frame.
Sixty-six seconds into overtime Vanscoy’s Wyatt Sloboshan netted his third of the season, securing the win despite being out shot 39-18 by Edmonton.
A trip into Red Deer to face the surging Rebels proved to be a much tougher challenge for the young Blades. Despite an early lead provided by veteran Nick Zajac, which ended the night for Rebels’ starter Rylan Toth, Red Deer pounded goaltender Nik Amundrud for seven goals in his Western Hockey League debut.
Led by a hat-trick from Wyatt Johnson and multi-point performances by Connor Bleackley and Ivan Nikolishin, the Rebels punched their eighth win of the season.
The Blades continue their western roadtrip in Kootenay on Friday, followed by a trip to Medicine Hat to face the Tigers on Saturday.