Article from Pointstreak – The Dresden Kings, which found themselves down a man often, weathered the Blenheim Blades’ power play opportunities and emerged with a 7-3 victory.
Dresden excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. The Kings kept Blenheim’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Justin Pratt made 34 saves on 41 shots. Dresden outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, the Kings average 3.6 goals per contest.
Dresden was helped by Wade Esselman, who grabbed one goal. Esselman scored 4:03 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Dresden. Jeff Vanrabaeys provided the assist. Dresden additionally got points from Vanrabaeys, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Macks Holmes, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Dresden included Derek Daly, who had one and Josh Beatty, who had three. More assists for Dresden came via Dylan Mertz, Cody McPhail, Cam Ross, and Alex Ritchie, who contributed one a piece and Cole MacDonald ‘APM’, John Montgomery, and Taylor Sisson, who each chipped in two.
The Blades were led by Kirk McKillop, who had one goal and two assists. McKillop scored 10:43 into the second period to make the score 4-3 Dresden. Shawn Hope assisted on the tally. Blenheim also got points from Hope, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Blenheim also got a goal from Ryan Frizzell as well. In addition, Blenheim received assists from Dylan Bonner, who had one and Jarrod Oliphant, who had two.
Brent Paxton made 24 saves for the Kings on 27 shots. Dresden incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Blenheim incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.