It's a somewhat curious situation considering local and national writers had all but buried the Saskatoon Blades after a rough first month, but, uh, the MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts for this season have won their 13th straight, with a 5-1 victory over Moose Jaw Wednesday evening. That just happens to be a franchise record.
Andrey Makarov stopped 35 of 36 shots and was named first star in the building. We'll give some lover over to Matej Stransky, awarded the second star tonight at the Credit Union Centre after scoring a goal and recording an assist in the win. He banged home a rebound off a Darren Dietz shot as part of a four-goal third period.
Overager Brendan Walker scored two goals in the final two minutes, one on an empty net and another on a late powerplay. Walker's second, scored with :48 seconds left by stuffing in a loose puck from right in the crease, caused tensions between the provincial rivals to boil over. Michael Ferland was ejected for crosschecking Warriors' defenceman Braiden Doucette, but there were no late fighting majors doled out.
No. 2 Star - Scott Simmonds, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
There was just one game on the Ontario Hockey League docket tonight, and it ended with the Belleville Bulls securing their spot atop the Eastern Conference standings with a home win 8-5 over the Ottawa 67s. Alan Quine recorded a hat-trick for the home Bulls in the contest, but Scott Simmonds' feat was perhaps a tad more notable: he scored the 5-2 and 6-2 goals, that effectively put the contest out of reach, with goals nine seconds apart in the second period.Read More »from Saskatoon records 13th straight win; Belleville’s offence shines – Wednesday’s 3 Stars