-- The old adage 'blood is thicker than water' was certainly put to the test, to an extent, on Wednesday during the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game here at Prospera Place.
Not that Saskatoon Blades teammates Lukas Sutter
and Dalton Thrower
are related, but you kind of get the feeling this friendship is not only built on trust and reliability, but watching the other's back in a time of need.
So was the case on Wednesday when, with 3:22 remaining in the second period, Thrower came to the aid of his best friend following a tremendous hit that sent Sutter head over skates in his own zone. Plymouth Whalers forward Thomas Wilson
was the one to raise the ire of Thrower, who wasted little time when given a brief window of opportunity to set the record straight despite being four inches shorter and 18 pounds lighter than the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Wilson.
"I was still on the bench when it happened, but the (defenseman) changed right after the hit and I saw Wilson was still on the ice," Thrower said. "He's a great player and a physical presence out there. I didn't know a lot about him but you see he's a big guy and I saw him hitting guys out there. I felt it wasn't a clean hit and did something about it."
Wilson appeared to get the upper hand initially, but Thrower, who partners with Colorado Avalanche
prospect Duncan Siemens
in Saskatoon, had a good finish.
"I thought I did OK [in the fight]," Thrower told NHL.com. "He had a couple inches and pounds on me, but I wasn't too scared."
Said Sutter: "That's what best friends are for. It was a good hit and he caught me at the end of a shift, and Dalton was the first guy to have my back … I wouldn't expect anything different from him."
Sutter, the son of former Philadelphia Flyers
forward Rich Sutter, said he gave Thrower a hug and said thank you after the period.
"I gave him pat on back," he said.
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