A scoreless first period showcased the play of both goaltenders. In net for the Energy, Brady Goodman turned away 13 shots from the Blades. Mike Severson was perfect in the first period as well, stopping all eight of Blaine’s chances. Severson had a strong first period, which included him stopping quality power-play chances.
The theme from the first period carried into the second period. The Blades were able to kill off a two man advantage for the Energy after a pair of minor penalties were called nine seconds apart from each other. After three consecutive power play chances for the Blades, the ice became slanted towards the Energy defensive zone. Blaine goalie Brady Goodman had an impressive 24 save period, remaining perfect on the game. Severson followed the trend, stopping the five shots the Energy produced in the middle frame. The second period ended scoreless, although both teams had multiple power-play opportunities.
The levies began to break one minute and thirty three seconds into the period, when Blades winger Oskari Valli notched his third goal of the year on the power-play. A mere sixteen seconds later, Energy forward Kyle McCauley evened the scored at 1-1. Soren Colstrup scored his eighth goal of the year just under three minutes later on the power-play, with the assists coming from Chase Wedding and Colton Sprenger to give the Blades a 2-1 lead. Nearly ten minutes of scoreless play led up to Blades’ center Kory Potach capitalizing on a loose puck in the high slot with an effective screen in front of the net.
The Energy were given a two-man advantage at the 18:01 mark in the third period. With the scoreboard reading 3-1 in favor the of the Blades, the Energy pulled the netminder in favor of a 6 on 3 power-play. One of the Blades top penalty killers, Kyle Wadden, jumped on a fumbled puck and toward of Energy defenders to score on the empty net. Wadden’s shorthanded tally marked the final goal of the game, giving the Blades a 4-1 victory.
“We knew the importance of earning two points, especially in a weekend where we only had one game," said Blades forward Antonio Najera. "It did take us a while to get into our game plan but once we did things started to click. At the end of the day we did what we needed to do in order to earn two points in the standings.” Head Coach Nick Adamek reiterated some of Najera’s comments. “We earned two points; it wasn't pretty or how we drew it up, but at the end of the regular season, it wont matter how pretty the game was so long as we came out with a win.”
The Blades will be on the road this weekend taking on the division leading Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings in a two game series.
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