Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saskatoon 6 Kootenay 4

From Chris Wahl ...

Brock Hamm made 28 saves in his first WHL start, and Wyatt Sloboshan scored twice as the Saskatoon Blades bested the Kootenay ICE 6-4 Saturday at Western Financial Place.

Luke Philp led the way offensively for the ICE with a goal and two assists, but Kootenay fell for the second time in as many nights on home ice.

The ICE took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to forward Levi Cable, who banked a rebound off the end boards past Hamm for the first of his two goals on the evening.

The Blades answered early in the second, though. New acquisition Brycen Martin snapped home a shot from the slot that caromed off the post into the Kootenay net.

Cable and Saskatoon captain Brett Stovin traded goals minutes later before the Blades got their first lead of the evening at 12:47 of the middle frame through Sloboshan, going ahead 3-2 on his fifth tally of the season.

The ICE responded less than three minutes later when Tim Bozon found space in the slot and wired a snapshot into the top right-hand corner.

Sloboshan reclaimed the Saskatoon lead before the intermission, jamming a rebound past the outstretched limbs of Kootenay goaltender Keelan Williams.

Cameron Hebig and Sam McKechnie added third-period markers for the Blades before Philp drew the ICE back to within two goals with three-and-a-half minutes remaining.

Martin had a goal and an assist for Saskatoon, while blueliner Kolton Dixon added three helpers.

Philp recorded his 100th career WHL regular season assist in the second period.

Williams stopped 35 shots in the Kootenay goal.

UP NEXT: the ICE begin a three-game East division road swing Wednesday night in Moose Jaw, before matchups with Prince Albert and Saskatoon Friday and Saturday.