The Blenheim Blades went into the weekend looking to pick up a pair of wins against two
Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division teams they had beaten handily earlier this
season – the Amherstburg Admirals (4-0) and the Dresden Kings (7-3), but things did not turn
out that way.
Saturday night in Amherstburg the Blades fell behind 2-0 in the first period and ended up on
the short end of a 4-2 score, while Sunday before 359 fans at the Blenheim Memorial Arena
the Blades fell 3-1 to the Kings.
The Blades, who started the season with three straight wins, are now at 3-3-0 and sit in
sixth place with six points, one behind the Admirals and two up on the Kings.
Next action for the Blades will be Thursday at 7:30 in Petrolia against the Flyers, who they
beat 3-2 earlier in Blenheim, at 7:30 p.m. Next home game will not be until Sunday, Nov. 7
when the first-place, unbeaten Lakeshore Canadians come to town.
Sunday, as has happened in their three straight losses, the Blades fell behind 2-0 in the first
Chandler Glassford scored an unassisted breakaway goal at 2:02, and Jack McAlpine beat
Blades netminder Jake Vancoillie at 6:08.
Tyler Ewald with a powerplay tally at 4:20 of the second frame got the Blades on the board,
with assists going to Connor Wright and Blain Bacik. The goal was Ewald’s second of his Junior
Dresden’s Shane DePelsmaeker put his team ahead by two again on a powerplay at 16:12 of
the middle 20 minutes, and that ended the scoring for the night.
The Blades outshot the Kings 45-37.
In Amherstburg Saturday, like in Essex Tuesday night where they lost 2-1, the Blades fell
behind 2-0 in the first period, but goals by Alex Edwards (his first of the season) at 12:40 of
the second period, and Ian Campbell (his second) at 1:34 of the final 20 minutes tied things at
Ewald assisted on Edwards’ goal and Tate Bowden was awarded a helper on Campbell’s
However, Jaydn Brown scored the eventual winner for the Admirals at 14:33, and Anthony
Tadiello added an empty netter with 27 seconds to play to ice the win for Amherstburg
Caleb Pinsonneault faced 34 shots, while the Blades fired 29 at Admirals netminder Nicholas
Referee Nick Long assessed Blenheim 50 minutes in penalties, while Amherstburg got only
BLADES BITS: Sunday night Food Credit Canada was on hand to collect food goods from fans
to donate to the Blenheim Food Bank…The Blades and Farm Credit Canada thank
you…Saturday night the Blades were missing Sam McKinlay, Connor Roth, Jeff Carey and
Jared Delaey, and Sunday were without Bowden (one-game suspension), Roth, Carey and
Delaey…Roth, Carey and Delaey remain on the injured list…Penalty minutes were a huge
problem for Blenheim in both games – 50 minutes Saturday and 32 Sunday…Sunday’s ice time
sponsor was CB Deliveries of Blenheim.