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Fourth straight victory for the Blades

Spencer Morse of the Moose Jaw Warriors, left, runs over Saskatoon Blades defenceman Graeme Craig during first period action Wednesday night at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie

It doesn’t look like much is going to slow down the Saskatoon Blades. After a slow start to the season, including a seven game losing streak in late September and early October, the Blades have turned things around and are gaining confidence with each game.

The Blades (17-14-0-1) defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-2 for their fourth straight win on Wednesday evening at Mosaic Place in Western Hockey League action.

“We flat out didn’t deserve this game anyways. I was a little disappointed after we scored first…thought we would get some energy and momentum, but we didn’t stay with it,” stated Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “We sat back and played passive and they dictated the play.”

One player that seems to be gaining the most confidence is goaltender Alex Moodie. He started his eighth game of the season with regular starting goaltender Andrey Makarov back in Russia for the World Junior Hockey Championship.

In his absence, Moodie has been given the nod and crease to prove he belongs and has done a decent job — two straight wins and a lot of offensive firepower from the players in front of him.

“It starts with our mental coach, Greg. He has definitely helped me think positive all the time, just not with hockey,” stated Moodie. “It comes with the boys too. They are really helping me and pushing me and making sure I am always focused.”

The Warriors (12-15-3-4) got on the board first with Brandon Potomak scoring his second of the season early in the first period on a two-on-one with Tanner Eberle that beat Moodie high glove side.

Adam Kambeitz continued his hot streak, scoring his sixth of the season unassisted as he used his speed to beat a Warriors defender to score on a wraparound to tie the game.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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