MOORETOWN – The Blenheim Blades hit to road to Mooretown Saturday for their PJHL Stobbs Division game against the Flags, and came home with an 8-2 victory.
The Blades are now 2-0 in the regular season, and besides the first-place Essex ’73s, the second-place Blades are the only undefeated club in the eight-team division. The Wheatley Sharks and Mooretown share second with four points, but have both lost once.
The Blades will return to action at home Sunday night as they host the Dresden Kings.
Next Sunday they host the Wheatley. The team will also be home Thursday, Oct. 5 when the Amherstburg Admirals come to town.
Saturday’s game started off with Mooretown grabbing a quick 1-0 lead on a goal by Nolan Bourdage at 2:02 of the first period.
That lead did not last long as rookie Justin Ewald netted his first Junior goal at 3:48, assisted by Tate Bowden and Darby Lemieux.
Rookie Gavin Meriano put the Blades up 2-1 with a shorthanded tally at 7:04. The goal was Meriano’s second of the season and was unassisted.
Mooretown came right back 47 seconds later to tie things at 2-2 when Dylan Dupuis scored, but from then on it was all Blades as they found the net six more times for the victory.
Before the first period had ended Lemieux scored, as did Bowden. The goal was Lemieux’s second of the season, and Bowden’s first. Ewald and Matt Hayter set up Lemieux’s goal, and Ewald and Lemieux did the same for Bowden
Second period Blenheim goals went to Matt Hayter, his first, Ewald and veteran Ian Campbell, his first. Breck Rainey assisted on two of the tallies. Craig Spence and Owen Reeve also picked up assists.
Spence, his third of the season, scored the lone goal in the final 20 minutes. It was a shorthanded tally and unassisted.
Veteran Jake Vancoillie was in net for the Blades and picked up the victory in his first start of the season.
BLADES BITS: Mooretown outshot the Blades 45-43…Attendance was 290…Not dressed for Blenheim were Joey Hayter, Quinn Pickering and Beau Moison…Ewald, with his two goals and two assists, was selected the first star of the game and Vancoillie the second…Mooretown’s Bourdage was the third.