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Blades set new franchise record with their 14th win in a row

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 12:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blades set new franchise record with their 14th win in a row

SASKATOON - Matej Stransky scored three goals and added an assist as the Saskatoon Blades defeated the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 7-4 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

The victory was Saskatoon's 14th straight, which is a new franchise record and ties the Portland Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets for the longest winning streak this season in the WHL. The last time the Blades lost was a 4-2 decision to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Jan. 23rd.

Darren Dietz scored twice for the Blades (37-21-3) while Brendan Walker scored once and set up two more.

Josh Nicholls had a goal and Dalton Thrower, Collin Valcourt and Shane McColgan each chipped in with two assists to round out Saskatoon's offence.

Taylor Cooper and Chad Robinson each had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings (21-36-5), who are winless in three games, and Eric Roy and Jens Meilleur scored a goal apiece.

Andrey Makarov made 25 saves for the win as Corbin Boes took the loss after stopping 25-of-27 shots in 41 minutes of relief. Boes replaced starter Curtis Honey late in the third period after Honey allowed four goals on 16 shots.

Saskatoon went 1 for 4 on the power play while Brandon scored once on two chances with the man advantage.

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