Blades Up To The Challenge
By Wyatt Williams
For the record, this is an article I had no intensions of writing, did not bring my camera, and even paid the price of admission out of my pocket. After witnessing the previous home game, I figured this would be the end of the road, and I was just going to take the game in like every other fan (and really that’s all I am), but this game warrants a little effort on my part.
Sunday night the Blenheim Blades didn’t just stave off elimination against the Mooretown Flags, they gave an effort and result deserving of some text. The Blades entered Sundays contest, trailing 3-0 in a best of seven series, it would have been easy for the boys to throw in the towel. That did not happen and what transpired was a heroic effort and truly exciting hockey match. The Blades 3-2 win surprised me, and maybe even a few of the kids, but they were a determined group for sure.
The teams had a scoreless first period, but early in the second Trent Amaro scored for the hometown team. It would stay that way till the Flags Tristan Konrad got a fluky on Blades goaltender Caleb Pinsonnault at the 14:16 mark. Mooretowns Greg Hay would get a one timer past Pinsonneault while on the power play at 15:41.That would be it for the second period.
Less than a minute into the third, Blades Ian Campbell tied the game up. Just shy of the halfway mark of the period, Connor Wright banged in a rebound and this would prove to be the winning goal.
Now this win was BIG for the Blades, and they have a huge mountain to climb for sure, but lets hope they can pull off a win Wednesday in Mooretown, and treat us to another exciting game Thursday in Blenheim!
A last note, both goaltenders played stunning games, making the big saves when really needed. Also the Blades penalty kill was much better than the last meeting.