The Blenheim Blades choice as their 16-year old player this season (they are only allowed
one) showed what he is capable of Thursday night at the Blenheim Memorial Arena as
Tilbury’s Jake Vancoillie stopped all 20 shots sent his way in leading the Blades to a 4-0
shutout win over the Amherstburg Admirals.
Vancoillie got some help from four veterans – Connor Wright, Tate Bowden, Seth
Henderson and Ben Barnard – as each scored a goal and the Blades ran their unbeaten streak
to 3-0 and a hold on first place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs Division.
The team will now play two road games – Tuesday, Oct. 19 in Essex and Saturday, Oct. 23 in
Amherstburg – before their next home contest Sunday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. against the Dresden
Wright, who missed the first two games because of a suspension, opened the scoring at
7:38 of the first period with an assist going to Connor Roth.
Bowden netted his third in as many games just a little over two minutes later with assists
going to Henderson and Cameron Hazzard.
The Blades added their other two goals in the second period with Henderson scoring his
second of the season on a powerplay at 2:51, with assists going to Wright and Bowden, and
Ben Barnard getting his first unassisted on a breakaway with 40 seconds left in the middle 20
The Blades outshot the Admirals 24-20.
BLADES BITS: When the Blades host the Kings Oct. 24 fans are urged to bring non-perishable
food items to the game as Farm Credit Canada will be on hand to collect the items to donate
to the Blenheim Food Bank…In 2019 fans helped the local food bank to the tune of roughly
250 pounds donated…Other than a five-minute major checking-from-behind penalty to
Amherstburg’s Cole Welsh in the second period that injured Blenheim’s Jeff Carey there were
only four minor penalties with three going to the Blades…Affiliated players Mitchell Anderson
and Landon Hoskins were called up to fill in for defenceman Blaine Bacik, who was serving his
third of a three-game suspension, and injured players Jared Delaey and Alex Edwards…The ice
time sponsor was South Kent Wind…Attendance was 227…The three stars were Vancoillie,
Bowden and Henderson.