The Blenheim Blades are one win away from setting a pair of franchise single
season records in both wins and points following the club’s 5-2 victory over the
Walpole Island Wild Sunday night at the Blenheim Memorial arena.
The PJHL Stobbs Division Blades now have 26 victories and 54 points in 37
games this year with five regular season games left to play. The record for wins
in a season currently stands at 26 and points 55. The 1978-79 and 1994-95
teams both recorded 26 wins and 55 points.
Thursday night the Blades will be on Walpole Island to play the Wild at 8 p.m.,
and a victory will be both new records.
As well, last night’s win moved the third-place Blades 12 points up on the
fourth-place Wheatley Sharks, who have nine games left in their regular season.
The Blades got first-period goals from Remi Steen and Tate Bowden, with
Braden Twigg and Landon Hoskins setting up Steen’s first Junior hockey tally,
and Joey Hayter and Brad McAlpine doing the same on Bowden’s 22nd of the
Craig Spence’s 24th tally early in the second period, with assists going to
McAlpine and Justin Ewald, gave the Blades a 3-0 lead, with Walpole’s Connor
Debot cutting it to 3-1 less than a minute after Spence scored.
Bowden upped the count to 4-1 with his 23rd of the season later in the middle
20 minutes, with assists going to Spence and Joey Hayter.
Ryan Sanders 12th marker for the year made it 5-1 Blenheim at 8:36 of the
third period, with assists going to Ewald and Everitt Swayze.
Walpole’s Xavier Gelinas added a goal late in the period for the final score of
BLADES BITS: The Blades were once again short players – Darby Lemieux, Alec
Webster, Will McCracken, Andrew Goulet, Ayden McKinlay, Ethan Chittle and
Breck Rainey did not play…The Blades outshot the Wild 60-19, including 25-1 in
the first period…Jake Vancoillie was in net for Blenheim, and picked up his ninth
victory…AP Dominic Goure was in the lineup for the seventh time this season…It
was Chatham-Kent Crush Night with all Crush players and staff wearing a team
jersey or jacket getting in for free…The ice time sponsor was Matt Foulis Sun Life
Blenheim…Attendance was 275.