The Saskatoon Blades went out on Tuesday to take a big win over the top-ranked Winnipeg Ice on Saturday.
“It was a good (practice) day,” said Blades head coach Brennan Sonne, whose team took off on Tuesday after splitting the ice at SaskTel Center last weekend after losing 6-3 on Friday and winning 5 -2 on Saturday.
“It was competitive; the boys worked. We just need to get neutral again, get ready and focus on Edmonton.
The Blades play the Edmonton Oil Kings (4-20-1-0) on Wednesday, before playing the Red Deer Rebels (18-4-0-3) on Friday and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday. top gear during the last stretch before the Christmas holidays.
The next home action is next Tuesday against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Saskatoon has a 16-5-0-0 record heading into this week’s Alberta road swing. The Blades are seven points behind Red Deer, with four games left, in the Eastern Conference of the Western Hockey League.
Saskatoon is second in the WHL’s East Division, 12 points behind Winnipeg with four games remaining.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Blades had the No. 2 power play unit in the league with 27.8 skill after scoring four power play goals in 10 opportunities last weekend.
The team ranks No. 3 in the WHL in penalty kill and operates at 84.7 percent efficiency.
The Blades are back to almost full health, although striker Josh Pillar was once again sidelined with an injury.
“We’re pretty good,” Sonne said Monday. “Of course the pills are gone, but everyone else is healthy.”
BLADE BITS: Saskatoon has eight more games to play ahead of the Christmas break before action resumes at home against arch-rival Prince Albert Raiders on December 27. After Alberta’s swing this week, the Blades will play three of their next five games on home ice.
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