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Blades open early lead in first period, defeat Oil Kings 5-1 @NHLdotcom

SASKATOON - The Saskatoon Blades scored three times at home in the first period to brush aside the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-1 in Western Hockey League action on Saturday evening.

Goals from Darren Dietz, Darian Dziurzynski, club captain Duncan Siemens, Connor Cox and Michael Burns propelled the Blades (4-1-0) to their fourth win of the season.

Stephane Legault scored the lone goal for the Oil Kings (3-2-2) in the dying stages of the first period.

With the victory the Blades are tied atop of the East Division with Regina at 10 points. Andrey Makarov had a workmanlike performance in goal for Saskatoon, turning aside 33 shots for the victory.

Laurent Brossoit started in goal for Edmonton but was relieved of in favour of Jarry Tristan after Brossoit conceded four goals on 17 shots. Tristan allowed one on eight shots in relief.

The Blades went 1-for-4 with the man advantage and killed off all seven Oil Kings' power-play opportunities.

Saskatoon has another home game on Tuesday, Oct. 11 versus a division foe, the 4-2-0 Moose Jaw Warriors. The Warriors are two points adrift of their provincial rivals.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Moose Jaw tied with Saskatoon.

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