The Blenheim Blades kicked off their 2021-22 Provincial Junior Hockey League
Stobbs Division season with a bang winning their first three games and outscoring
the opposition 14-5.
Then just as suddenly as it began on a good note, things have turned sour as
Thursday night in Petrolia the Blades dropped a 6-2 decision for their four straight
defeat. In that span they have been outscored 15-6, and sit in sixth spot in the
nine-team league with six points.
Injuries have played a major role as last year’s leading score Seth Henderson
missed the Petrolia game joining rookies Connor Roth, Jared Delaey and Jeff Carey
on the sidelines with various aliments.
The Blades will now be idle until next Wednesday when they travel to Wheatley
to play the Sharks at 7:30, before travelling to Wallaceburg to take on the winless
Thunderhawks Saturday at 7:30.
The next home game will be Sunday, Nov. 7 when the first-place, unbeaten
Lakeshore Canadiens come to the Blenheim Memorial Arena for a 7 p.m. game.
As has been the case in all four losses the Blades fell behind 2-0 as the Flyers got
a first-period goal from Zack Bressette, and then an another from Bressette in the
middle 20 minutes.
Tyler Ewald’s third goal of the season for the Blades at 5:49 of the third period
cut the gap to 2-1 with assists going to Ben Barnard and Colton Shoemaker,
before Petrolia put four more behind Blades netminder Caleb Pinsonneault in the
last 10 minutes.
Bressette netted his third with Victor Tang, Josh Jamieson and Clay Dolbear
adding the others.
Barnard scored his second of the year with 59 seconds to play, assisted by Tate
BLADES BITS: Taking penalties has been a problem all year for the team as they
have racked up 153 minutes in their seven games, second highest total in the
league…Veteran defenceman Sebastian Stubberfield has rejoined the team and
will provide some experience and leadership to the young squad.