In the lone Wednesday game, Andrey Makarov came on in relief in the second period, stopping 15 of 19 shots as Saskatoon got rolled by Brandon 9-6. The Russian backstop enters the weekend with a 1-2 record, 3.73 goals against average, and .889 save percentage.
Makarov entered the game after the Wheat Kings took a 4-3 lead with two quick goals within the first 3:17 of the second period. The teams would trade punches into the third period before Brandon closed it out with three strikes including an empty-netter in the final five minutes. The Blades return to action Saturday when they visit Swift Current.