The Blenheim Blades and their season long eight game winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday night as the Blades lost 6-3 to the defending PHJL Stobbs Division champion Lakeshore Canadiens 6-3 at the Blenheim arena.
The Blades remain alone in second place with 16 points, six behind the unbeaten 11-0-0-0 Essex ’75s, and three up on the third-place Wheatley Sharks. Lakeshore is fourth with 12 points.
Things don’t get any easier for the Blades as they head to Essex Tuesday night, and then Lakeshore Friday. Both games are at 7 p.m., with the next home game Sunday at 7 when the Walpole Island Wild come to town.
Sunday’s game was tied 3-3 three times before Lakeshore scored a trio of goals late in the third period to ice the win. The Canadiens went up 1-0 after 20 minutes, with the Blades tying thing early in the second, with Lakeshore again taking a 2-1 lead, with Blenheim tying it early in the third period.
Lakeshore made it 3-2 early in the third, with Blenheim again tying things before the Canadiens fired their final three goals for the win.
Six different Canadiens put the puck behind Blades netminder Owen Lemieux – Aeden Sullivan, Trevor Larue, Kyle Walker, Julian Gignac, Bryce Scarlett and Spencer Higginbottom.
Blenheim tallies came off the sticks of Zack Van Boxtel, Brad McAlpine and Andrew Goulet. It was Van Boxtel’s second score of the year, Goulet’s third and McAlpine’s fourth.
Assists wet to Tate Bowen, two, and Justin Ewald, McAlpine, Darby Lemieux and Goulet one each.
BLADES BITS: Blenheim was without defenceman Craig Spence and forwards Breck Rainey and Ryan Hayter…AP Cohen Kirkwood of Blenheim played his first game on the blueline as a call up…Lakeshore outshot Blenheim 42-20…The Blades have now scored 43 goals and allowed 19 in their nine games…Next Sunday will be “Boo-tus” Halloween Costume Contest Night. Anyone wearing a costume – including adults – will get into the game for free. Costumes will be judged by team mascot Brutus Blade and Blades players, and there will be great prizes to be won…Attendance was 413…Ice sponsor for the game was Rumble Water Wells of Blenheim.