Blades storm back for victory
Viedensky sets up goal, adds SO tally
By Scott Larson, The StarPhoenix
February 11, 2010
Saskatoon Blades' Sena Acolatse (left) works his way past Swift Current Broncos' Taylor Vause Wednesday in SaskatoonPhotograph by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix, The StarPhoenix
BLADES 2, BRONCOS 1 (SO)
The Saskatoon Blades were rewarded for a 60-plus minute effort with a 2-1 overtime win against The Swift Current Broncos Wednesday.
The Blades' Marek Viedensky set up the tying goal and scored a highlight-reel winning shootout marker to pace the Blades. Viedensky, who extended his point streak to nine games, sent linemate Josh Nicholls in on a breakaway with five minutes left to tie the game 1-1 and send it into overtime.
Matt Tassone had given the Broncos a 1-0 lead on the power play late in the second period.
There was no scoring during the five-minute overtime period.
In the shootout, Jeremy Boyer scored a pretty goal against Bronco goalie Morgan Clark only to be outdone by Viedensky who dropped the puck between his legs before flipping it into the roof of the net for the winner.
"I thought we played really hard for 60 minutes," said Blades head coach Lorne Molleken. "We stuck with our game plan and were fortunate to come out with the two points."
Viedensky said he had scored a couple of times on that move before Wednesday night.
At the bench (before the shootout), "I said I will do it," said Viedensky. "It was easier to try it when we were ahead by a goal."
The Blades dominated the game, outshooting the Broncos 34-23, but it was Swift Current which broke the goose egg.
The Broncos opened the scoring on the power play with Boyer in the penalty box for tripping, Matt Tassone converted some crisp passing, snapping a shot between the legs of Blade goalie Steven Stanford to make it 1-0 Broncos.
The Blades' top line of Derek Hulak, Viedensky and Nicholls generated a number of opportunities in the game, including missing a couple of wide open nets.
Molleken said despite being down after two periods of a game they were controlling, the team didn't panic.
"We have a team that believes in themselves," Molleken said. "We missed some open net opportunities, but we stuck with it."
Viedensky has fit in well since coming to the Blades in January from the Prince George Cougars. The smooth-skating centre has generated 11 points in his nine-game point-scoring streak.
"I'm very happy here," he said. "The coach has given me a chance and it is much easier to score when you are on a good line.
"We got unlucky a few times and their goalie played good."
Molleken said Viedensky reminds him of another import who played for the Blades.
"He reminds me of Milan Kytnar," said Molleken. "He's a tremendous kid and is very competitive."
The Blades' record is now 37-12-3-3. The team now heads out on a three-game road trip beginning Friday in Medicine Hat.
Blade bits: Announced attendance was 3,685 . . .Saturday they travel to Lethbridge to play the Hurricanes and finish in Kootenay against the Ice. . . . Derek Hulak played in his 250th WHL game Wednesday night. The Blade captain has played all but 20 of those games with the Blades. He has never missed a game for Saskatoon and his current streak of 230 games is believed to be a Blade record. . . . Stefan Elliott's 20th goal of the season, scored last Friday, is the first time a Blade defenceman has hit that mark since Ken Sutton in the 1988-89 season.
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