The Blenheim Blades got off to a fast start, never let their foot off the gas and now the playoff road is suddenly tilted in their favour.
Goals by Darby Lemieux and Zach van Boxtel in the game’s first five minutes and a 28-save performance by Jake Vancoillie powered the Blades to a 5-0 whitewash of the Mooretown Flags to even the PJHL Stobbs Division quarterfinal at two wins apiece.
The series is reduced to a best-of-three beginning tonight at The Rec Centre at 7 p.m., with Game 6 in Mooretown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. – and if a seventh game is needed, it will be back here on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Noah Prudhomme upped the Blades’ lead to 3-0 just before the 14-minute mark of the first period.
Lemieux netted his second of the night 17-minutes into the second period and Connor Wright capped the scoring early in the third – both goals coming with the man advantage.
The game was perhaps one of the Blades’ most disciplined of the year as they were whistled for just two minors all night – a huge factor in the win considering seven of the Flags’ 11 goals in the series have come on the power-play.
Blenheim was 2-for-10 on the power-play but more importantly, stayed out of trouble when the Flags were trying to draw them into penalties in the third period.
Courtesy of the Blenheim News Tribune