Sign Night was a wild night Sunday at the Blenheim Memorial Arena
as the Blenheim Blades put on impressive 11-2 victory over the
Dresden Kings before 496 fans.
The win gives the fourth-place Blades 48 points in the Provincial
Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs Division, and a seven-point lead on the
fifth-place Mooretown Flags with neither team playing again until the
weekend when the Blades host the Wallaceburg Thunderhawks at 7
p.m. next Sunday, and the Flags are home to the Amherstburg
Admirals Saturday at 7:30.
Either a Blenheim win or a Mooretown loss will clinch a fourth-place
finish for the Blades, with the two teams meeting in a best-of-seven
quarter-final series beginning the week of March 6.
Sunday the Blades scored three times in the first period, and then
added four more in each of the second and third 20 minutes.
Captain Ben Barnard and Zach Van Boxtel each scored twice for the
Blades, with Van Boxtell now having 14 goals on the season and
Single tallies went to Tate Bowden (23), Evan Wells (7), Ian Campbell
(11), Connor Roth (10), Ayden McKinlay (5), Ryan Sanders (2) and Ben
Ethan Waddick picked up four assists against his old team, with
Campbell and Austin Drew helping out on three goals each, while
Roth, Bowden and AP callup Warren Everitt had two each, and Wells,
Van Boxtell, Craig Spence, Brad McAlpine, Brooks and Owen Reeve
Ex-Blade Adam Enwright and Colton Quipp had the Dresden goals.
It was a penalty filled contest with Dresden picking up 49 minutes in
penalties and Blenheim 47.
BLADES BITS: On the year the Blades and Kings met six times with
Blenheim winning four of the games, including all three in Blenheim
where they shutout the Kings twice and outscored them 24-
2…Bowden is now alone in second in Stobbs Division points with 53
thanks to 23 goals and 30 assists…Brody Genyn of Mooretown leads
with 57 points on 25 goals and 32 assists…Owen Lemieux was In net
for the Blades after a long absence due to an injury and the play of
teammate Jake Vancoillie, and made 19 saves while facing 22
shots…His teammates fired 66 shots at Kings netminder Ty
Golden…Next Sunday’s game will be “Overage Players Night” where
the Blades will honour their three overagers – Barnard, Connor Wright
and Wells…Wright did not dress Sunday as he was sitting out the
second of a two-game suspension…Also out were Daniel Norton,
Darby Lemieux, Alec Webster and Alex Edwards…Next Sunday will
also be “Chatham Cyclones Night” with any Cyclone player coming to
the game wearing a jersey or a jacket getting in for free…The three
stars of the game were Van Boxtel, Everitt and Brooks…The ice time
sponsor was Salus Mutual Insurance of Blenheim and Ridgetown.