Things were going good for the Blenheim Blades in Game 4 of their PJHL Tier 2 Western Conference best-of-seven final Sunday night
against the Petrolia Flyers, and then they weren’t. The Blades were two minutes and seven seconds away from a 3-2
victory that would have tied the series at two wins each, and then the roof fell in.
The Flyers had pulled goalie Tyler Richardson with two and a half
minutes to go. Then, with the puck deep in the Blades end, a bad
turnover led to the tying tally by Clay Dolbear at 17:53.
Blades forward Evan Wells then took a tripping penalty with 1:05 to
go in regulation. He was also assessed a 10-minute misconduct as
well, so the Blades started the sudden-death overtime killing a
penalty, which they managed to do, but shortly thereafter Phoenix
Timmington put the puck past Blenheim netminder Caleb
Pinsonneault to give his team a 4-3 victory, and a 3-1 lead in the
The two teams will meet in Game 5, a game the Blades have to win
to extend the series, Thursday at 7:30 in Petrolia. A Blenheim win will
bring things back to the Blenheim arena Sunday for Game 6 at 7 p.m.
The Flyers had started the scoring when Daniel Gibson netted a
powerplay goal just five minutes and 17 seconds into the first period.
Ayden McKinlay tied things with an unassisted score at 13:30 and
Ian Campbell put the Blades up 2-1 at 16:17 with assists going to Alec
Webster and AP callup Sam Warriner.
Dolbear had the only goal in the second period to knot things at 2-2
after 40 minutes.
Tate Bowden, in his first game back after serving a seven-game
suspension, gave the Blades a 3-2 lead just 18 seconds into the third
period, with assists going to Seth Henderson and Tyler Ewald.
And that’s the way things stood until the roof fell in late in the third
period and early in the overtime.
BLADES BITS: Going into the game the Blades had not lost when
playing in overtime…They were 4-0 winning two extra-time games
against Dresden, and one each against Petrolia and Wallaceburg…The
Blades were still missing regulars Ryan Terry, Sebastian Stubberfield,
Jared Delaey and Trent Amaro…Warriner filled in on defence and
picked up his second assist of the playoffs…Wells has now picked up
26 minutes in penalties in the last two games on two misconducts and
three minors…The Blades were 0 for three on the powerplay and
Petrolia was 1 for 4…Attendance was 369…Ice time sponsors were
Wayne Pizza of Blenheim and Blenheim Canadian Tire.