Vancoillie perfect in net as Blades blank Kings 6-0

Blenheim Blades netminder Jake Vancoillie turned in his second shutout performance of the season for the Blenheim Blades Sunday night blanking the Dresden Kings 6-0 on Veterans Night before 435 fans at the Blenheim Memorial Arena.

   The win gives the third-place Blades 18 points thanks to their 9-7-0-0 Provincial Junior Hockey League Stobbs Division record, and a four-point edge of the Mooretown Flags, Wheatley Sharks and Amherstburg Admirals.

   The Blades are 4-2-0-0 in their last six games and lead the Stobbs Division in goals scored with 61.

  Next action will be Thursday night when the Admirals come to the Blenheim arena for a 7 p.m. game, followed by the second-place Lakeshore Canadiens Sunday, also at 7 p.m.

  Vancoillie made 17 saves in the win, while his teammate fired 64 shots at two Dresden netminders.

  On the offensive side of things Noah Prudhomme and Tate Bowden fired two goals each for the Blades, with singles going to Daniel Norton and Evans Wells.

  Bowden now has nine goals, Prudhomme eight, Wells three and Norton two.

  Zach Van Boxtel had two assists for the Blades, as did Brad McAlpine and Sam Warriner, with singes going to Ben Brooks, Alec Webster and Ayden McKinlay.

   BLADES BITS: Not dressed for the Blades were Ryan Sanders and Alex Edwards…The Blades outshot the Kings 64-17…Thursday night will be South Kent Minor Hockey Association Night with South Kent players who attend the game wearing their jerseys getting in for free…Each team had five minor penalties…Prior to the game, the Blenheim Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 Colour Party was on the ice to help honour current and former members of the Canadian armed forces as Veterans Week wrapped up…On hand to drop ceremonial pucks were Legion branch president Deb Rightburger, and Prudhomme’s parents, Warren and Christina, both retirees from the military…Sunday’s ice sponsor was the Blenheim Legion…The three stars were Prudhomme, Bowden and Vancoillie.