It’s a milestone night on the road for the Saskatoon Blades in Kamloops.
The Blades are the only original, continuously-operating franchise in the Western Hockey League. Friday night at the Sandman Centre, it’ll be the 3,700th regular-season game in the W-H-L with Saskatoon hoping to pick up their 1,724th victory. The Blue and Gold’s 1,723rd win was Wednesday in Victoria…back-stopped by 30 saves from 19-year-old Dorrin Luding.
That win for the Bridge City Bunch ended a run of six consecutive losses, head-to-head, to the Royals. Friday, the Blue and Gold face a five-game, head-to-head, losing streak against the Blazers…the last Saskatoon win coming November 23, 2012 in Kamloops by a 3-2 score. The 16-9-2 Blades are 2-1-0 on their B-C road trip…facing the division basement-dwelling Blazers at 9-11-2. The Blue and Gold can insure a winning road trip with a victory.
In addition, there’s more than just one home-coming for a member of the Blades to Kamloops. Nolan Kneen returns to “Little Montreal” just four days after being dealt by the Blazers to the Bridge City Bunch. But, Kneen’s former defence partner in Kamloops is Dawson Davidson (pictured), now of the Blue and Gold. The 20-year-old will make his first visit to the Sandman Centre since being dealt to Regina a little less than two years ago.
Game time Friday night is 9 o’clock with the broadcast on 98-COOL, beginning at 8 with the Sardinia Family Restaurant pre-game show.