On December 14 the Blenheim Blades travelled to Essex to play the
73’s and came home with a 5-2 win.
The victory was the first by one of the bottom six Provincial Junior
Hockey League Stobbs Division teams over one of the top three clubs.
Sunday night the two teams met again at the Blenheim Memorial
Arena, and things did not work out so well for the Blades as Essex
went up 1-0 at 30 seconds of the first period enroute to a 10-4.
Blenheim battled hard after being down 3-0 in the first frame cutting
the gap to 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 before the 73’s scored five straight goals to
cruise to the victory.
The loss leaves the Blades with an 11-12-0-0 record for 22 points and
sole possession of fifth place, three points in back of the fourth-place
Amherstburg Admirals, and three up on the sixth-place Wheatley
For Essex Matt Smith and Liam Hall scored twice with singles going to
Carter Dembinski, Everett Parent, Karson Beuglet, Carson Noble,
Connor Dembinski and Luke Sherk.
Tate Boden scored twice for Blenheim giving him 16 tallies on the
year, with Seth Henderson netting his 15th and Ian Campbell his fifth.
Tyler Ewald had three assists for the Blades, Henderson two and
Connor Wright and Evan Wells one each.
Jake Vancoillie played the first two periods in net for Blenheim with
Caleb Pinsonneault taking over for the final 20 minutes.
BLADES BITS: Not dressed for the Blades were Connor Roth,
Cameron Hazzard and Trent Amaro…Next action for Blenheim, unless
the province shuts down indoor sports again due to Covid, will be
Sunday when the first-place, unbeaten Lakeshore Canadiens come to
town for a 7 p.m. game…Fans planning to attend future games will
only be allowed in if they have a QR vaccination code…Attendance