SASKATOON - Jesse Paradis scored twice, both on special teams, as the Saskatoon Blades edged the Prince Albert Raiders 4-3 in Western Hockey League action Friday night.
Paradis had a power-play goal and a short-handed score. Brent Benson had the game-winning goal for Saskatoon (1-0-0), while Chris Collins also scored.
Defenceman Tyler Yaworski had a goal and an assist for Prince Albert (0-1-0), while Mike Winther and Justin Maylan also found the back of the net.
"We did the little things right," said Paradis, who went on to describe his short-handed goal. "I got a nice little bounce and just walked right in and did a nice little backhand five-hole and luckily it went in."
Adam Morrison made 30 saves for the Blades' win, while Eric Williams stopped 40 shots for the Raiders.
On a five-on-three Raiders power play, a wayward pass from Williams behind the net found the stick of Paradis, who deked past the goaltender for his second goal of the contest and a 2-1 Blades advantage.
Prince Albert coach Bruno Campese knows that a successful hockey team cannot allow many penalties and needs to capitalize on their opponent's penalties.
"We turned too many pucks over in the first period it cost us a lot of momentum. Our discipline needs to better on special teams," he said.
Prince Albert went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Saskatoon was 1-for-7.
"I thought they came out with a lot of energy and a lot of discipline that first part of the game," added Campese.