WALPOLE ISLAND – It was truly a historic night – twice – for the Blenheim
Blades Thursday when they blanked the Walpole Island Wild 4-0 in PJHL Stobbs
Division action on Walpole Island.
The victory for the third-place Blades was their 27th of the season, while the
two points gained gives the club 56 on the year, with both numbers being team
single-season highs for the Blades who were first formed in 1965.
The Blades are now 13 points up on the fourth-place Wheatley Sharks with
four regular season games, and a possible eight points, left out there, while
Wheatley has eight games, and a possible 16 points still on the table.
Next action for Blenheim will be Sunday night when the Essex ’73s visit the
Blenheim arena for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Blades took a 1-0 first period lead on a goal by Nicke Cameron. The tally
was his third as a Blade, and ninth of the season, as he had scored six times for
Essex in earlier games.
Gavin Meriano and AP Dominic Goure assisted on Cameron’s goal.
The middle 20 minutes saw Blenheim increase the lead to 3-0 thanks to Tate
Bowden’s 24 score of the year, and Justin Ewald’s 15th, which came on a
Joey Hayter and Camerson picked up assists on Bowden’s goal, while Everitt
Swayze and Andrew Goulet, who had just returned from the injury list, did the
same on Ewald’s tally.
Ryan Sanders 13th of the season was the only scoring in the third period with
Craig Spence and Brad McAlpine getting assists.
Jake Vancoillie was between the pipes for Blenheim, and stopped all 25 shots
sent his way, while his teammates fired 45 on the Wild’s net.
BLADES BITS: Spence, the Stobbs Divisions leading scorer, now has 71 points
on the season, while Bowden, who is tied for second with Dylan Dupuis of the
Mooretown Flags, now has 61 points…Not dressed for the Blades were Darby
Lemieux, Ethan Chittle, Breck Rainey, Will McCracken, Zach Van Boxtel and
Ayden McKinlay…The Blades regular season against Walpole is over with
Blenheim winning all six games, and outscoring the Wild 38-6 with two games
being shutouts…The Blades now have seven shutouts on the year, while being
blanked just once… Sunday is Blenheim Blast Swim Night with Blast swim team
members and coaches wearing Blast swag getting in for free…Saturday, Feb. 10
the Blades travel to Mooretown to play the Flags at 7:30, and it will be the
team’s first ever “Mom’s Night “ with many of the mom’s riding the Badder Bus
with their sons…Monday the Blades Alumni will host a Steak Night at the
Blenheim Legion…The event is sold out…Attendance Thursday was 190.