On the weekend the Blenheim Blades wrapped up their 2022 four-game exhibition schedule with a pair of contests against their Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division rivals – the Dresden Kings.
Sunday before 351 fans at the Blenheim Memorial Arena the Blades scored a goal in each period to defeat the Kings 3-2, while on Friday in Dresden the Kings earned a 2-1 overtime victory.
The Blades won one of the exhibition games, lost one in overtime, and lost the other two in regulation. The two regulation-time losses came at the hands of the Port Stanley Sailors (4-3) and the Wheatley Sharks (4-1)
Wednesday night Blenheim heads to Wallaceburg to open their 42-game season against the Thunderhawks at 7:30.
Sunday the Blades outshot the Kings 47-18, but only managed to get three pucks past Dresden netminder Owen Lemiuex.
Team Captain Ben Barnard scored in the first period, with assists going to Connor Wright and former Dresden King Ben Brooks.
Sam Warriner put the Blades up 2-0-by scoring a powerplay goal at 5:09 of the second period, with Zander Wright cutting the gap to 2-1 when he scored for Dresden exactly a minute later.
Alec Webster and Adam Enwright assisted on Warriner’s goal.
The Kings Ethan Carruthers evened things with just 1:38 gone in the final 20 minutes setting the stage for Blades rookie Daniel Norton’s tip-in game winner at 14:19.
Barnard and Jaxon Boucher assisted on Norton’s goal.
Veteran Jake Vancoillie was between the pipes for Blenheim
Friday in Dresden the teams traded first and second period goals, with the Blades Evan Wells scoring at 6:16 of the first frame, and the Kings Josh Noah doing the same for Dresden when he netted a shorthanded goal at 6:15 of the second 20 minutes.
Wright and Barnard assisted on Bowden’s tally.
There was no scoring in the third period with the teams going to a seven-minute sudden death overtime.
At 5:17 of the extra frame Owen Campbell, the 16-year-old brother of the Blades Ian Campbell who has been trying out for both teams, scored the game winner with Noah assisting.
Rookie Massimo Agostini was in the net for the Blades, and stopped 33 of 35 Dresden shots.
Blenheim had 38 shots in the game.
BLADES BITS: The team’s first regular season home game will be Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. against the Amherstburg Admirals…Sunday’s game was a tame affair with just six minor penalties being called…Season tickets will be available at the home opener…Adults 22 to 54 years of age at $130, seniors 55+ $90, students 13-21 $90 and youth 6 to 12 $60…Single game admission tickets are the same as last year – $8, $6 and $4.