Blades fall short in Mooretown; lose to Flags 6-4

MOORETOWN – The Lakeshore Canadians, Essex 73s and Mooretown Flags are
clearly the best three teams in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs
Division with a combined 36-6-0-0 record.
Heading into Saturday’s game in Mooretown the Blades had yet to meet the
Flags this season, but they gave the third-place club all it could handle before
falling 6-4.
The Blades are now 6-7-0-0 on the season for 10 points and fifth place, a point
behind the fourth-place Amherstburg Admirals, and one up of the sixth-place
Wheatley Sharks who visit the Blades at 7 p.m. Sunday night at the Blenheim
In other action Saturday night Lakeshore remained unbeaten by crushing the
last-place Wallaceburg Thunderhawks 7-0 for their 13th straight win.
At the 7:59 mark of the third period the Blades held a 4-3 lead over the Flags
thanks to Ian Campbell’s fourth goal of the year, but Greg Hay tied things at 4-4 at
14:47, and Logan Gardner netted the eventual winner at 17:24.
Brody Cenyn scored into the empty Blenheim net at 19:18 to ice the victory for
the Flags.
Quinton Johnston and Cenyn had given the Flags an early 2-0 first-period lead,
with Connor Roth cutting the margin to 2-1 at 16:07. The goal was Roth’s fourth
of the season.
Seth Henderson’s fifth of the year at 1:49 of the second 20 minutes tied things
at 2-2, before former Blade Brodie Conlon netted a powerplay marker at 14:01 to
send the teams to their dressing rooms after 40 minutes with Mooretown up 3-2.
The Blades came out flying in the third and tied things 3-3 on Tate Bowden’s
seventh goal of the year at 7:22, and then grabbed a 4-3 lead on Campbell’s tally
at 7:59.
That lead stood up until Hay’s goal and the Flags were on their way to victory.

BLADES BITS: The Flags outshot the Blades 45-36 with the biggest margin being
18-10 in the first period…Caleb Pinsonneault was in goal for Blenheim…Jeff Carey
and Jared Delaey continue to be out of the lineup with injuries, while Brett

Wegrzyn was also not dressed…Veteran forward Connor Wright was given a
discrimination penalty at 16:16 of the first period, and could face a seven-game
suspension…Campbell, Trent Amaro and Ben Barnard picked up assists…Campbell
was named the third star of the game…Next Saturday will be the Blades Annual
Alumni Night game…The Dresden Kings will be the opposition with the game
starting a 6 p.m…Former Blade and current president of the Blades Alumni will be
inducted into the Blades Hall of Fame before the 6 p.m. puck drop.