Tate Bowden leads way in home opener
For most of the Blenheim Blades Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division 2021-22
home season opener Sunday night at the Blenheim arena the team dominated the Petrolia
Flyers, but still trailed 2-0 with just 10:36 to play in the third period.
Then with 9:24 gone in the final 20 minutes rookie, Tyler Ewald put a powerplay goal past
Flyers netminder Tyler Richardson, and the Blades never looked back. The goal was the first
of his Junior career for Ewald.
Then veteran Tate Bowden, after missing several golden scoring chances in the first and
second periods, tallied at 12:09 and again 51 seconds later to give the Blades a 3-2 victory.
The win was the second in as many starts for the Blades who beat the Dresden Kings 7-3
Friday night in Dresden. Next action for the Blades will be Thursday at 7 p.m. against the
Amherstburg Admirals at the Blenheim arena.
The Flyers had scored two powerplay goals – one by Daniel Gibson at 13:53 of the second
period and another by Peyton Armitage at 3:15 of the third frame – to take a 2-0 lead.
Blenheim totally had the edge in play in the first period outshooting the Flyers 17-1 and
again in the third when Petrolia again had only one shot.
Caleb Pinsonneault picked up the win in net for Blenheim, his second in as many starts.
BLADES BITS: Attendance was 3-1…Veteran defenceman Colton Shoemaker had two assists
for the Blades, and rookies Alex Edwards, Cameron Hazzard, Connor Roth and Alec Webster
one each….The Blades were missing forwards Connor Wright and Jared Delaey and
defenceman Blain Bacik…Wright has now served his two-game suspension, while Bacik’s
the three-game suspension won’t end until after Thursday’s game…Delaey is recovering from a
should injury…Head coach Brett Hope called up AP defenceman Mitchell Anderson and
forward Landon Hoskins for the game…Current Flyer and former Blade Michael Vanek missed
the action due to an injury…The three stars were Tate, Shoemaker, and Richardson…The ice
the sponsor was the Ridge Landfill Community Trust and the Blades thank the Ridge for the