The Blenheim Blades wrapped up their 40-game Provincial Junior Hockey
League Stobbs Division season Sunday night losing to the Essex ’73s 4-1 before
330 fans at the Blenheim Memorial Arena.
For the year the Blades had a record of 11-24-2-3 for 27 points, and an eighth
Finishing eighth means the Blades will play the defending champion, and regular
season first-place finishing, Lakeshore Canadiens in a best-of-seven quarter-final
series that will being Tuesday night in Lakeshore at 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 will be in Blenheim Thursday at 7, with Game 3 back in Lakeshore Friday
at 7. The Blades will host Game 4 Sunday at 7.
In the other quarter-final series Mooretown Flags will play the Dresden Kings,
Amherstburg Admirals will take on the Petrolia Flyers, and Essex will tangle with
the Wheatley Sharks.
Essex scored three times in the first period thanks to goals by Jack Sanko, Ty
Moss and Alex Demers.
There was no scoring in the middle 20 minutes, with Liam Hall putting his team
up 4-0 at 8:44 of the third frame.
Blenheim’s lone tally came on a powerplay with 14 seconds to go thanks to a
shot by defenceman Noah Tetrault with assists going to Derek Hueni and Kyle
The goal was Tetrault’s first of the season, and first as a Blade in 73 games over
the past two seasons.
BLADES BITS: The game was the last regular season career one for the team’s
two overage players – Hueni and netminder Chris DeWulf…Prior to the opening
faceoff the duo and their parents gathered on the ice for a pre-game
ceremony…DeWulf and Hueni presented their moms with flowers and their dads
took part in a ceremonial puck drop…DeWulf was in goal for the game and faced
53 shots while his teammates fired 23 on the Essex net…On the season the Blades
scored just 92 goals, second fewest in the league to Wallaceburg’s 62, and took
972 minutes in penalties, second highest to Essex’s 1,053…Sam McKinlay and
Jaxon Boucher did not dress because of injuries, while Carter Wright sat out his
second of a two-game suspension…The Blades went one-for-four on the
powerplay and Essex was 0-5…Third-year forward Seth Henderson led the team in
goals scored (18), assists (20) and points 38…In his first two seasons Henderson
scored just 11 goals and had 10 assists…Christian Moccia was second in scoring
with 25 points…For the third year in a row the Blades finished fifth in attendance
for the entire 63-team PJHL behind Essex, Lakeshore, Amherstburg and
Woodstock….Sunday’s game was the first for former Blade Keegan MacVoy
against his old team…Sunday’s ice time sponsor was Sobeys of Blenheim.