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It’s their only meeting of the season, last year the Blades won at home by a 9-6 score on January 21st.
Both Victoria and Saskatoon have .500 records. The Royals are 6th in the West, while the Blades are 11th in the East, just 2 points out of a playoff spot and 11 out of top spot in the Conference.
Victoria had their 2 game win streak snapped against Regina Saturday as Morgan Klimchuk scored with 25 seconds left to lead the Pats to a 3-2 victory. Jordan Fransoo and Tyler Stahl had the goals for the home club.
The Royals opened a 6 game homestand the night before with a 5-0 shut out win over the visiting Everett Silvertips.
Saskatoon has won back to back contests, the first two of their 5 game BC road swing.
Sunday they scored 3 unanswered in the third period for a 5-2 victory in Vancouver. The Blades outshot the Giants 15-4 in the 3rd, while going 2 for 5 on the power play.
Metej Stransky had 2 goals, Kyle Schmidt had 3 assists, Duncan Siemens, Nick Zajac and Shane McColgan all had 2 points each. Representing Team Russia at the Super Series was netminder Andrey Makarov who stopped 30 shots for his 10th win of the year. He’s appeared in the Blades last 15 contests.
Friday Saskatoon shut out the Prince George Cougars 4-0. They’ve now won 5 of their last 7, and have points in 6 of those contests.
The Blades have a total of 7 players who are currently property of NHL teams.
- Duncan Siemens - Colorado Avalanche - Drafted 11th overall (1st RD) in 2011
- Lukas Sutter - Winnipeg Jets - Drafted 39th overall (2nd RD) in 2012
- Dalton Thrower - Montreal Canadiens - Drafted 51st overall (2nd RD) in 2012
- Shane McColgan - New York Rangers - Drafted 134th overall (5th RD) in 2011
- Darren Dietz - Montreal Canadiens - Drafted 138th overall (5th RD) in 2011
- Matej Stransky - Dallas Stars - Drafted 165th overall (6th RD) in 2011
- Andrey Makarov - Buffalo Sabres, signed Free Agent
After the Blades, the Royals will entertain the Cougars in their first two meetings of the season on Friday and Saturday before wrapping up their 6 game homestand against the Warriors a week from Tuesday.
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||10-10-0-1 -- 21 points||11-11-0-0 -- 22 points|
|Division Ranking||6th East||3rd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||11th Eastern||6th Western|
|Past 10 Games||6-3-0-1||3-7-0-0|
|Last Game||5-2 W @ Vancouver (Nov 18 2012) Final||3-2 L vs Regina (Nov 17 2012) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(20/95) 21.1||(21/111) 18.9|
|PP (Home)||(8/41) 19.5||(9/53) 17.0|
|PP (Away)||(12/54) 22.2||(12/58) 20.7|
|PK (Overall)||(24/109) 78.0||(20/97) 79.4|
|PK (Home)||(15/48) 68.8||(5/35) 85.7|
|PK (Away)||(9/61) 85.2||(15/62) 75.8|
|Leading Rookie||Pufahl (2-9-11)||Hicketts (1-6-7)|
|Most PIM||Sutter - 56||Carroll - 56|
|Leading Scorers||Nicholls (18-9-27)||Gogolev (9-16-25)|
|McColgan (6-17-23)||Nelson (6-15-21)|
|Stransky (8-12-20)||Magee (9-7-16)|
|Dietz (6-6-12)||Walker (7-9-16)|
|Pufahl (2-9-11)||Crooks (9-5-14)|
|Last 5 Games||5-2 W @ Vancouver (Nov 18 2012) Final||3-2 L vs Regina (Nov 17 2012) Final|
|4-0 W @ Prince George (Nov 16 2012) Final||5-0 W vs Everett (Nov 16 2012) Final|
|6-2 L vs Seattle (Nov 10 2012) Final||5-3 W @ Medicine Hat (Nov 10 2012) Final|
|6-3 W vs Regina (Nov 9 2012) Final||5-2 L @ Calgary (Nov 9 2012) Final|
|5-4 L @ Lethbridge (Nov 3 2012) Final SO||4-2 L @ Lethbridge (Nov 7 2012) Final|
|Leading After 1st||4-2-0-0||5-2-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||6-0-0-1||6-0-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||5-4-0-0||3-3-0-0|
|Tied After 2nd||3-2-0-0||0-1-0-0|
|Trailing After 1st||1-4-0-1||3-6-0-0|
|Trailing After 2nd||1-8-0-0||5-10-0-0|
|Out Shooting Opponents||7-5-0-0||4-2-0-0|
|Out Shot by Opponents||2-4-0-1||5-9-0-0|