After losing 4-3 to the Amherstburg Admirals with just over a minute to play
Thursday night at home the Blenheim Blades made sure that wasn’t going to
happen again as they scored three times in the first six minutes and 55 seconds,
and went on to defeat the Wallaceburg Thunderhawks 7-1 before 347 fans
Sunday night at the Blenheim arena.
The win evened the Blades’ Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division
record at 6-6-0-0 for 12 points, and kept them alone in fourth place, a point up on
the fifth-place Admirals.
Next action for the Blades will be Saturday when they travel to Mooretown to
play the third-place Flags at 7:30 p.m., and then return home Sunday night to host
sixth-place Wheatley Sharks at 7.
Veteran Seth Henderson led the way for the Blades with a pair of goals and
three assists for a five-point night, with Ian Campbell, Connor Wright and Tate
Bowden each chipping in with a goal and an assist each.
Bowden now has six goals on the season, and Henderson and Campbell three
Evan Wells, playing his second game for the Blades since joining the club from
the Junior ‘B’ Chatham Maroons, netted his first as a Blade and added an assist,
with Trent Amaro getting this third.
Alec Webster and Connor Roth had two assists each, and Tyler Ewald one.
Connor Debot scored the lone Wallaceburg goal on a powerplay with 20 seconds
left in the second period.
The tally spoiled rookie Jake Vancoillie’s bid for his second shutout as he stopped
26 of 27 Wallaceburg shots, while Catalin Mortin in the Thunderhawks’ net was
bombarded with 52 Blenheim shots.
BLADES BITS: The Blades received some sad news on the weekend when it was
revealed the former Blade Jerry Gryp had passed away…Gryp played for the
Blades in the early 1970s and led the team in scoring during the 1970-71
season…He was 69 years old…After playing for the Blades he played three seasons
on a scholarship at Boston University…Prior to the game former Blades Christian
Moccia and Alex Cunningham, who were unable to play their overage season last
year because the season was cancelled due to the COVID outbreak, were
presented with their jerseys in a framed glass cabinets…Their parents joined them
on the ice for the presentation and a ceremonial puck drop…Prior to the annual
Dave Baldwin Alumni Night game Saturday, Nov. 27 against the Dresden Kings
Dave O’Brien, a former Blade and president of the Blenheim Blades Alumni
Association, will be inducted into the Blades Hall of Fame…There will be no alumni
games prior to the Blades-Dresden game this year…Game time will be 6
o’clock….The three stars of the game were Henderson, Bowden and
Vancoillie…Ice time sponsor for the night was Blenheim South Kent Dental.