The youthful Saskatoon Blades are turning the heads of professional NHL scouts, with three Blades making the ‘Players to Watch List’ Thursday, ahead of the 2014 NHL entry draft this summer.
Another slow start from the Saskatoon Blades cost them Wednesdays night’s game against the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2.
It took the Wheat Kings 15 seconds to score first as Richard Nejezchleb slid the puck past Troy Trombley for his team leading seventeenth goal in 20 games.
The team traded goals in the second period. Cory Millette scored twice on the powerplay for the Blades. Tim McGauley and Chad Robinson scored for Brandon preserving a one goal game with 20 minutes to play.
It may be cold on Sunday in Calgary but the emotions will definitely be running hot between the Roughriders and the Stampeders.
The two teams simply do not like each other.
"They hate us, we hate them," said defensive end Ricky Foley. "They want to his us in the mouth, we want to hit them in the mouth."
Head coach Corey Chamblin was asked about the emotions of this game on Tuesday and he suggested that his team should play with some. But he insists they need to walk a fine line and make sure that they use that emotion to finish plays.
With one week left before the Grey Cup festival begins, Saskatchewan Roughrider President Jim Hopson is dividing his time between preparing Regina for the events and managing a football team that has yet to make it to the final.
On John Gormley Live Wednesday, Hopson said he’s confident the festival will go off without a hitch.
“It’s been a tremendous amount of work over the last 18 months. But it’s all coming together and we’re feeling pretty good about where we’re at,” he said.
The Prince Albert Raiders were too powerful for the Saskatoon Blades handing them its eleventh loss of the season 4-1 Tuesday.
The Raiders sprung a two goal lead in the first with goals from Matteo Gennaro and Mike Winther. Special teams came through for the Blades on this night, as the Bridge City Boys capitalized on its first powerplay of the game as 19-year-old Logan Harland scored his first of the season with Saskatoon.
Now the Saskatchewan Roughriders have moved on to Sunday’s CFL West Final in Calgary against the Stampeders, there is no doubt the stands at McMahon Stadium will resemble Christmas decorations with a mix of red and green.
This game has a heightened importance on it for the Riders since the Stampeders are all that stands in their way en route to playing in a Grey Cup in their home city for the first time in franchise history.
Local businesses are feeling the rush of fans looking to book a trip out west for the game against the Stamps.
The Gordie Howe Bowl may be deserted for winter, but the wheels of progress continue turning.
“The fundraising campaign is in its second phase what we call its ‘quiet phase’ as the committee is looking at some major donations to get us through phase one which is the artificial turf, lights, scoreboard and sound system,” director of leisure services Cary Humphrey said Tuesday.
With the money collected so far, the Friends of the Bowl Foundation asked city council for approval to proceed with phase one construction.
If the Roughriders are to make the Grey Cup, they'll have to do something they've never done under Head Coach Corey Chamblin: win a game in Calgary.
It's the one major stumbling block that remains for the Green and White under their bench boss. Previously the team had struggled in both Edmonton and B.C. as well but this season they finally found a way to win those games on the road.
A couple of Saskatchewan Roughriders are bringing home some hardware from their West Semi-Final win over the B.C. Lions.
Quarterback Darian Durant and kicker Chris Milo were named offensive and special teams players of the week respectively for their efforts in the Riders 29-25 win over the Lions.
The Riders are going to the West Final in Calgary.
It was hardly a work of art but when push came to shove the Green and White got the job done with a 29-25 win over the B.C. Lions in the West Semi-Final at Mosaic Stadium.
The game had a similar start that we've seen before from the guys in green, slow. The Riders did open the scoring with a field goal five minutes into the game but after that the Lions had their way for the longest time with the Riders defence.