On the powerplay, Justin Rossignol opened the scoring for the Blenheim Blades in the first period. Less than 30 seconds later, Alex Ritchie struck back for Dresden knotting the game at one. Before the period’s midway point however, Blenheim would regain their lead, with Tyler Oglan scoring. Rossignol picked up his second point of the game assisting on the goal.
After playing the first half of the second period without either team finding the scoresheet, Macks Holmes scored with the man advantage for Dresden to again tie the game. Continuing to display the hot hand, Justin Rossignol scored his second of the game at 17:02 of the second, to put Blenheim ahead, a goal that would eventually stand as the game winner.
In the third, veteran Taylor Phillips scored on the powerplay to finalize the score at 4-2. Rossignol would pick up his fourth point of the evening, an assist on the play.
Dylan Vanderpol was solid in net for the Blenheim Blades stopping 30 of 32 shots.
In Wheatley, the hometown Sharks were red hot second the visiting Alvinston Flyers home with a crushing 8-2 defeat to open their series.
Riley Babkirk and Sebastian Kanally each had two goals and three assists, picking up matching five points performances in the win. Kyle Quick had four points, scoring once and adding three assists, while Jon Woelk, Brendon Anger, and Brett Babkirk had the other Wheatley Sharks goals.
Game two of Wheatley’s series is Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30 in Wheatley. Blenheim also hosts Dresden Wednesday at 7:30pm.