WALLACEBURG – The Blenheim Blades held leads of 2-0, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 4-2 and
5-4 before finally beating the Wallaceburg Thunderhawks 6-5 in overtime
Saturday night in Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division action in
The win was the second in a row for the Blades (they beat Wheatley 3-1
Wednesday in Wheatley) after losing four straight, and are now in fourth place
in the nine-team league with 10 points, one up on Wheatley.
The Blades will now play three straight home games – Sunday against the first
place, unbeaten Lakeshore Canadiens, Thursday against the Amherstburg
Admirals, and next Sunday a return match with the Wheatley Sharks. All three
games begin at 7 p.m.
Rookie Connor Roth provided the OT winner – his second goal in as many
games since coming back for an injury. The tally was scored just 27 seconds into
the sudden-death extra frame and came unassisted on a powerplay.
The Blades jumped into a quick 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Trent Amaro
at 2:41 and Zack Van Boxtel at 5:16. Amaro’s goal was his first as a Blade since
joining the team from the Exeter Hawks, while Van Boxtel’s – his first of two on
the night – was his second.
Logan Peltier cut the Blenheim lead to 2-1 at 6:25 before Ben Barnard
restored the two-goal margin with his third of the season at 11:48.
At 15:15 the Thunderhawks’ Connor Debot made it 3-2, with Van Boxtel
netting this second of the night at 16:40 to end the first period scoring with the
Blades up 4-2.
Wallaceburg scored two goals, one by Myles Fraser and another by former
Blade Tyler Davis, 34 seconds apart to tie things at 4-4 before Connor Wright put
the Blades back ahead 5-4 at 15:46.
Just 10 seconds later the game was tied at 5-5 when Eric Degasparo scored for
the Thunderhawks with neither team getting a third-period goal that forced
overtime and Roth’s winner.
BLADES BITS: Tate Bowden had two assists for the Blades with singles going to
Colton Shoemaker, Sam McKinlay, Brett Wegrzyn, Wright, Alex Edwards and
Barnard…Rookie Jake Vancoillie was in net for the Blades and faced 27 shots
while his teammates fired 37 at Wallaceburg goalie Jacob Trudgeon…Not
dressed for the Blades were Seth Henderson, Jared Delaey, and Jeff
Carey…Attendance was 140… Thursday when the Blades face the Amherstburg
Admirals at 7 p.m. is Remembrance Day, and any veteran, Legion member or
current member of the Canadian military with identification will be allowed to
see the game for free…For Sunday’s game fans will be able to enter the arena
after 6 p.m. instead of having to wait outside until 6:45…All fans must be double
vaccinated and show proof they have been as well as ID…The three stars of the
the game was Roth, Van Boxtel, and Davis.