Despite a valiant effort from the young Saskatoon Blades, the bridge city boys couldn't stop the division-leading Wheat Kings, falling 4-3 Saturday night.
In front of more than 4,280 fans at Credit Union Centre, North Battleford's Andrew Albers took part in the ceremonial face-off. The Blades looked to keep the crowd on its side with a fast start but Brandon put on the pressure early.
Thousand cheered as Saskatchewan’s own major-league pitcher, Andrew Albers, stepped on the ice at the Credit Union Centre for the ceremonial puck drop, ahead of Saturday’s WHL matchup.
The 28-year-old, North Battleford product said he’s experienced a whirlwind of attention after his debut season in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins.
“Once I got called up I really felt like the province was behind me. I got a lot of great messages and it's been a great feeling coming back,” said Albers.
It was a night of redemption for the Regina Pats.
One night after an effort Head Coach Malcolm Cameron called heartless; the Pats bounced back with a 4-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders. The win actually marks the first time the Queen City Kids have beaten the team from Northern Saskatchewan.
The Saskatoon Blades kicked off a very special weekend at Credit Union Centre with a 3-1 win over division rivals, Prince Albert on Friday night.
Sporting the 50th anniversary jerseys, Saskatoon drew first blood with a goal from Cory Millette with six minutes left in the first period giving the boys in blue the coveted first lead.
Then it turned into a tennis match between the two, with no goals scored in the second period, but both teams combining for 43 shots in the last two 40 minutes.
All week the talk was about the Pats having a chance to take the lead in the WHL’s East Division, instead everything came crashing down as Kootenay iced the Pats 6-1.
Much of the talk this week also surrounded the Pats desire to ‘Pack the Dome,’ well Head Coach Malcolm Cameron had a similar way to describe his team’s effort on Friday night.
Roughriders' receiver Taj Smith has likely made his biggest catch of the last year.
The Riders leader in receptions last season officially re-signed with the defending Grey Cup champions on Thursday. Last season Smith did lead the team with 78 receptions in 18 regular season games; Smith was also one of three receivers to gather over 1,000 yards through the air and added nine touchdowns.
"One guy off the list and important one, that's a good thing," said General Manager Brendan Taman.
A near sellout crowd of 18,500 laughed and cheered as Braden Nienaber waved his arm and threw NHL captain Steve Ott out of a ceremonial face-off with Alex Ovechkin.
"Braden's little buddy Hunter texted him the night before and he said 'Braden, wouldn't it be funny if you threw the Sabres captain out of the circle. And so he did," Braden's mother Tammy Nienaber said with a laugh.
Graham DeLaet will be sporting a little more of Canada for the rest of the PGA Tour season.
He was in Saskatoon Wednesday to talk about his new multi-year partnership with Shaw Communications. As part of the agreement, DeLaet will be sporting the Shaw logo on the front of his hat and golf bag.
DeLaet said he is thrilled about the new partnership.
The Regina Pats are possessed this year, puck possessed that is.
Head Coach Malcolm Cameron has quickly put his stamp on the Blue and White by changing the basic fundamentals of the way they play the game.
Previously under Head Coach Pat Conacher, the Pats were more of a chip and chase or dump and chase kind of team who tried to grind out wins. Two years ago they did enough to make the playoffs, but last season was basically a disaster; though an inability to remain healthy certainly played a role in that as well.