October 11, 2017 3:36 pm
Updated: October 11, 2017 3:39 pm

Saskatoon Blades struggling on special teams

It’s been a rough start for the Saskatoon Blades and perhaps the most vivid illustration of their struggles is on special teams.

Tyler Schroeder / Global News
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The Saskatoon Blades haven’t given their fans much to cheer about early in the season and perhaps the most vivid illustration of their struggles is on special teams.

The Blades power play is ranked dead last in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with just one goal in 18 chances. That’s a paltry 5.6 per cent success rate.

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Their penalty kill hasn’t been much better, ranking second last at 65.2 per cent.

Saskatoon recently allowed four power play goals against the Regina Pats on the weekend and the Blades are looking for a better performance by both special teams.

“You should be playing the game aggressively all over the place, and aggressive on the power play, aggressive on the penalty kill for sure. I think we’re waiting for things to come to us instead of going after things and that’s just something you can’t teach,” Blades head coach Dean Brockman said.

“It’s got to be guys got to come together from within and you know hopefully they get it.”

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“As a team we got to stick to that and it just … it comes down to just wanting it. We got to want it more and be ready to come to the rink every day and just battle 100 per cent a lot harder than we are,” Blades defencemen Jake Kustra said.

Saskatoon (1-4-0) hopes to get revenge on the scoreboard against Regina (3-3-1) at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday night.

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