Saturday, February 12, 2011

Warriors Ready for Rematch with Blades

v. Saskatoon
Tonight is the fifth meeting of the season and second this week between the Warriors and Saskatoon Blades. Moose Jaw is 2-1-1 against the Blades, posting a 2-0 record at home and 0-1-1 record on the road.

Dylan Hood leads the Warriors with two goals and 11 points against the Blades; Quinton Howden has five goals and 10 points; Spencer Edwards has four goals and seven points; Antonin Honejsek has a goal and three points; Joey Kornelsen, Dylan McIlrath, Jesse Paradis, and Morgan Rielly have a goal and two points each; Thomas Heemskerk is 2-1-1 with a 3.20gaa and .890sv%.

Darian Dziurzynski leads the Blades with four goals against the Warriors; Stefan Elliot, Curtis Hamilton, and Brayden Schenn have two goals and four points each; Jake Trask has a goal and three points; Marek Viedensky has a goal and two points; Matej Stransky and Lukas Sutter have two assists each; Steven Stanford is 2-2 with a 4.63gaa and .843sv%.

Hot and Cold
- Joel Edmundson has a goal and seven points in the last 11 games
- Morgan Rielly has three assists in the last 11 games.
- Dylan McIlrath has a goal and four points in the last nine games
- Collin Bowman has two goals and six points in the last nine games.
- Sam Fioretti has a goal and two points in the last 15 games
- Joey Kornelsen has two goals and five points in the last 11 games
- Jesse Paradis has five assists in the last 12 games
- Cody Beach has one goal and two points in the last six games
- Sebastian Svendsen has five goals and nine points in the last 12 games
- Quinton Howden has 10 goals and 20 points in the last 13 games
- Spencer Edwards has seven goals and 11 points in his last nine games
- Dylan Hood has four goals and 15 points in the last 11 games
- Antonin Honejsek has four goals and 11 points in the last eight games
- Moose Jaw’s power play has two goals in the last five games (2-for-24)
- Thomas Heemskerk had started 12 straight games
- Moose Jaw’s penalty kill has allowed 12 goals in the last six games (12ga/34opp)
- Moose Jaw is 16-7-2 v East Division
- Moose Jaw is 11-2-2-2 in one goal games and 8-4 in two goal games

Saskatoon Blades
The top 2 teams in the East Division meet for the 2nd time in less than a week tonight as the Blades make their 2nd last trip to the Civic Centre this year. Tonight’s game is the fifth of eight regular season meetings between the Saskatoon Blades (43-10-0-2) and the Moose Jaw Warriors (32-20-2-2). The Blades and Warriors have split the season series thus far with the home team winning every game.

The last time these two teams met was earlier this week in Saskatoon when the Blades defeated the Warriors by a score of 6-5. Despite 5 point nights from Warriors Dylan Hood and Quinton Howden, the Blades Brayden Schenn (who had a 4 point night himself with 2G and 2A) scored in OT, while on the PP, to stake the home team to victory.
The Blades have 4 players who have each picked up 4 points each in the 4 previous games vs. Moose Jaw this season. Darian Dziurzynski has scored 4 times vs. Moose Jaw while teammates Stefan Elliott, Curtis Hamilton, and Brayden Schenn have each notched 2 goals and 2 assists a piece. For Moose Jaw; the top line of Dylan Hood (2G 9A), Quinton Howden (5G 5A), and Spencer Edwards (4G 3A) have caused the Blades fits all year as the trio has combined for 28 points this season vs. Saskatoon.
Blades Last Game

The Saskatoon Blades achieved a perfect "10" Friday night! The Bridge City Bunch used their power play to sprint out to a lead they wouldn't relinquish on the way to a 7-2 triumph over the Prince Albert Raiders for their 10th straight win.

A crowd of 5,833 at Credit Union Centre saw Brayden Schenn score the game's first two goals on the man-power advantage before Chris Collins cancelled out Igor Revenko's brilliant individual effort, with an early second period power play score to give Saskatoon a 3-1 lead. After that, it was all even strength scoring as Collins added a second goal with Darian Dziurzynski, Teigan Zahn and Darren Dietz adding singles for the 43-10-2 Bridge City Bunch. Todd Fiddler finished off the scoring late in the third period as P-A was out-shot 43-27 in seeing their record fall to 22-30-5.

By The Numbers
- The Saskatoon Blades enter tonight’s game riding a season long 10 game winning streak and a 4 game road winning streak. The Blades have the league’s best record at 43-10-0-2 as well as the league’s 2nd best road record at 18-8-0-1.

- Steven Stanford continues to be ranked near the top of every WHL goaltending stat categories. Stanford ranks 2nd in wins with 30, is tied for 4th in save percentage with a 91.5% mark and is 4th in Goals against Average with a 2.62.

- Curtis Hamilton will be playing in his 200th career WHL game tonight. Hamilton, a 2nd round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers this past season, picked up his 150th point of his career last night with an assist on the Blades 1st goal of the game. The 19 year old from Kelowna, BC has picked up 58 goals and 92 assists in his WHL thus far

- Brayden Schenn enters tonight’s game riding a 6 game scoring streak. In all 6 of those games Schenn has recorded multiple point games, 2 of which were 4 point outings. The 19 year old L.A. Kings prospect has 8 goals and 9 assists during his current streak.

- For the 2nd consecutive week, the Saskatoon Blades have been ranked 3rd in the CHL Top Ten Rankings. The top ten is voted upon by a panel of NHL Scouts. The Blades and the Mississauga St. Mike’s Majors are the only 2 teams in the CHL to have been ranked in the top 10 in all 20 weeks of the season.

- The Saskatoon Blades have the 9th ranked PP unit in the league, having clicked on 19.9% of their opportunities this season (47 of 236). The Blades have scored pp goals in 9 games of their current 10 game winning streak over which time they are 16 for 52 (30.8%) on the man advantage. The Blades penalty kill is ranked 3rd in the league having killed off 84.7% of their shorthanded situations. The Blades are also tied for 3rd in the league in shorthanded goals scored with 12.

Year by Year Breakdown by Player:
(90) 20 – 3: Zahn, Stanford, Viedensky
(91) 19 – 6: Dziurzynski, Hamilton, S. Elliott, Morrison, Trask, Schenn
(92) 18 – 3: Nicholls, Collins, Cox
(93) 17 – 7: Siemens, Benson, Thrower, Dietz, Sutter, Stransky, A. Elliott, Oswald
(94) 16 – 3: Bews, Olsen, Stipancik

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