Flags spoil Blades return to post lockdown hockey

The Blenheim Blades, after being shutdown for a month because of
Covid restrictions, returned to Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs
Division action Sunday night, and were beaten 4-2 by the Mooretown
The loss leaves the Blades in fifth-place with 22 points, and a 11-13
record with 10 games to go.
The sixth-place Wheatley Sharks lost 3-2 to the fourth-place
Amherstburg Admirals Sunday in Amherstburg, leaving the sixth-place
Sharks three points behind the Blades with two games in hand.
The Blades will be in Belle River Friday at 7 p.m. to play the first-place,
and unbeaten, Lakeshore Canadiens. There is no game next Sunday
because of the Super Bowl.
Blenheim started the game strong and led 1-0 thanks to a goal at
2:48 by Trent Amaro. It was his sixth of the season with an assist going
to Ayden McKinlay.
The Flags, who now have 34 points, and sit in third place in the nine-
team division, evened things thanks to a goal by Bo Doxtator, and then
went up 2-1 on Nolan Farr’s tally at 9:16 of the middle 20 minutes.
Moretown then got an even strength score by Greg Hay at 1:06 of the
third period, and a powerplay marker from Brody Genyn just over three
minutes later to go up 4-1.
Blades head coach Brett Hope pulled goalie Caleb Pinsonneault with
less than two minutes to play for an extra attacker, and Alex Webster
cut the Mooretown lead to 4-2 with 1:31 to go, but that was as close as
the Blades could get.
The goal was Webster’s second of the season with assists going to
Tate Bowden and Seth Henderson.

BLADES BITS: Attendance was 274 and fans coming to a game must
have a QR code to get in…Fans are also urged to come a bit earlier than
normal as it takes time to scan QR codes…Not dressed for the Blades
were Ben Barnard, Evan Minnie, Zach Van Boxtell and Jeff Carey…New
defenceman Ryan Terry played his first game as a Blade…Sam Warriner,
son of former NHL player, and ex Blades assistant coach Todd Warriner
played his first game ever as a call up…The Blades outshot the Flags 35-
28…Ice time sponsor was Willow Ridge Golf and Country Club.