DRESDEN – After losing their first meeting this Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division season to Dresden Kings Oct. 14 by a 5-4 score, it obviously did not sit well with the Blenheim Blades who Friday thumped the Kings 7-2 in Dresden before 202 fans.
The win was the third straight over the Kings, and the first that wasn’t a shutout, as the other two ended in 6-0 and 7-0 scores in Blenheim November 13 and 26 respectively.
The victory gives the Blades 15 wins against nine regular and one overtime defeat, for 31 points and third place, three up on the fourth-place Wheatley Sharks, and eight ahead of the fifth-place Mooretown Flags, who lost Friday night 6-1 to the Lakeshore Canadiens.
Sunday the Blades will be home to the last-place Wallaceburg Thunderhawks, before heading to Wheatley Wednesday at 7:30 to play the Sharks in their last game before the two-week holiday break.
In Friday’s win the Blades got two goals each from Ayden McKinlay, his second and third of the season, and a pair by Darby Lemieux, who now has seven.
The other three goals were scored by Noah Prudhomme, his 12th, Connor Roth, his sixth and Ben Brooks, his third.
Assists went to Tate Bowden with three, Ian Campbell two, Prudhomme, Craig Spence, Ben Barnard, Connor Wright, Alec Webster and Owen Reeve.
Both Dresden goals came late in the third period, and were netted by ex-Blade Trent Amaro.
BLADES BITS: The Blades now have three wins against one defeat in December…Owen Lemieux picked up the win in goal for Blenheim…The former King stopped 27 of 29 shots, while his teammates had 43 on Dresden netminder Joseph Malinowski…Not dressed for the Blades were Evan Wells, a healthy scratch, Zach Van Boxtel, both suspended, Ethan Waddick, injured, and Austin Drew who was recovering from having his wisdom teeth out…Each team took six minor penalties…Sunday’s game will have Santa Claus on hand to greet fans, the annual “Skate With The Blades” following the final whistle…It will also be a chance for fans to donate food to the Blenheim Food Bank.