Blades Ground Thunderhawks and Flyers
By Wyatt Williams / CKSN.ca
It was a typical game between Wallaceburg and Blenheim, featuring some exciting play, good goaltending and a little nastiness.
The teams almost got through the first period scoreless, but the Blades Tyler Ewald scored with 1 sec left on the clock . In the second, Thunderhawks Aaron Rice knotted the game up at the 4:30 mark. The Blades came back with a pair by Tate Bowden and Tyler Ewald’s second of the night. With the game still up for grabs to start the 3 rd period we were expecting an exciting period of hockey, but the dirty play started , and the period was a penalty marred affair.
The home team Thunderhawks did reply at about the halfway mark, when
Blake Doe scored on the power play. Blenheims Evan Wells scored his first of the night about a minute later to restore a two goal lead. Three minutes later at 12:57 , on the pp, Wells netted his second of the game to round out the scoring and the Blades would get a 5-3 win. The teams combined for 4 power play goals. Both goaltender had solid outings with Catlin Morin stopping 38 of 42 shots, and the Blades Caleb Pinsonneault going 31/33. Wallaceburg did pull Morin with 7:24 remaining as he was involved in a heated exchange with Evan Wells.
Jacob Trudgeon came in relief and stopped 6 shots, and let one by. Wallaceburg is off till Wednesday when they make the short trip to Mooretown.
Henderson, Pinsonneault Power Blades Past Flyers
Fast forward to the 12:00 mark of the first period and the visiting Petrolia Flyers had just scored their third , flushing Blades rookie goalie goaltender Zac Vancoillie and taking a 3-0 lead in the game. It looked like it may be a long night for the home team. Enter Blenheim veteran goaltender Caleb Pinsonneault, and things began to change.
Pinsonneault ended up surrendering only one more goal, and that was
not till over 5 minutes into the 2 nd period, by which time the Blades had added a pair of goals of their own.
Seth Henderson got the Blades started, scoring at the 17:02 mark, followed a minute and a half later by Ian Campbell to close the 1st period with the Flyers holding a 3-2 lead. In the 2nd Peyton Armitage would score Petrolia’s only goal against Pinsonneault at the 5:06 mark, on a power play. Blenheim’s Evan Wells replied at 8:06 to bring the Blades to within one, a score of 4-3. Tyler Ewald would tie the game at 4-4, when he scored a PP goal at 18:06. Henderson would score his second of the night, also a PP marker at 18:40, to send the Blades to the change room up by one, with a 5-4 score. Henderson would complete his hat trick, scoring at 8:23 of the 3rd, and from there on Pinsonneault and his counterpart Tyler Richard would shut down all attempts. Petrolia’s first three goals were scored by Clay Dolbear, Michael Vanek and Andrew Jaques.
With Hendersons 5 pt. night , he has taken over as the Blades leading scorer with 38 pts, followed closely by Tate Bowden at 36 pts.
The Blades only have five regular season games left, with one this coming Thursday at home with Essex. This Sunday, Feb 26 they host the 25-2 Lakeshore Canadiens.