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Steele County Blades Finish 2-1 on Weekend

By Blades Staff, 10/22/16, 12:00AM EDT


OCTOBER 18, 2016 - Three games in three days is no small order, especially after taking two weekends off. That is just what the Blades had in order, with Friday's game on the road against the Blaine Energy before heading to the Four Seasons Centre to face off against the Dells Ducks in the first two home games of the season.
Entering the weekend with a record of 4-0-1, the Blades took a 2-0 lead after the first period with goals from Kyle Wadden and Colton Sprenger. Soren Colstrup added to the lead early in the 2nd period before the Energy responded with two goals, once on the power play to tarnish the Blades 100% success rate on the penalty kill. Jake Friese and Kory Potach added some insurance with two third period goals as the Blades won 5-2 to extend their win streak to four games. Goaltender Nick Mizen made 23 saves, earning his first win of the season.
In Saturday nights matchup, the Ducks were looking to spoil the Blades home opener and gain revenge for the Blades taking three out of four points in the opening weekend of the season. Just under three minutes in, Spencer Heitkamp scored the first goal of the evening before Dells Ducks forward Sherman Mowery tied the game at one. Mowery collected two more goals early in the 2nd period, giving the Ducks a 3-1 lead and earning himself a hat trick. Colstrup and Sprenger responded for the Blades, each adding to their season totals and tying the game at 3-3. Cory Schwarz scored late into the 2nd period, giving the Dells a 4-3 lead over the Blades. Schwarz even strength goal was the eventual game winner as the 3rd period finished scoreless. The Dells brought the Blades four game win streak to an end and handed the Blades their first loss in regulation in the 2016-17 season.
The weekend finale was a defensive minded battle between two teams very hungry teams. The Ducks' John Banovetz score the only goal of the first period, giving them a 1-0 lead. The 2nd period rendered one goal as well, this time coming from Blades' assistant captain Colstrup on the power play. For the second time in four games between the Blades and Ducks, sixty minutes was not enough to decide a winner. With two minutes into O.T., Blades' Chase Lewis blocked a shot in front of the Blades net. Wadden picked up the loose puck in the corner and chipped the puck up the wall to Colstrup. The Blades broke out into a two-on-one rush as Colstrup drove wide and Lewis drove the net. Lewis took the defenseman with him, leaving Colstrup enough time to get the shot off past Anzevino, to give the Blades a 2-1 win. Blades goaltender Mike Severson posted 31 saves on 32 shots and earned his 1st win of the season. 
The Blades ended the weekend with a 2-1 record, adding four points to their season total of 11. Colstrup (4 goals, 1 assist) and Sprenger (2 goals, 3 assists) led the Blades, each finishing with five points. Head Coach Nick Adamek was pleased with the outcome of the weekend. “Getting four of six points on a three game weekend is definitely a step in the right direction," said Coach Adamek. "We have a good team that has typically relied upon offense to win games. I think Sunday’s game also showed that we can play a defensive game when needed. Our players showed us a lot this weekend and I am very proud of the direction we are moving. We still have a long way to go, but the process is taking over and we are starting to see the results of our hard work.”
The Blades now have a record of 5-1-1 and play the Blaine Energy at home Friday October 21st, at 7:30 p.m.
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