2 out of 4 Ain’t Bad

BRANTFORD, ON - JANUARY 11: Jeriah Shantz #48 of the Oakville Blades follows the play during the first period at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on January 11, 2024 in Ontario, Canada (Spencer Smye / OJHL Images)

By Ty Brooks

 

This last week:

 

The Blades had two weeknight matches, quite an unusual occurrence, but didn’t have to go far as the games were in Oakville and Brantford. Over the course of the two games, the Blades grabbed 2 points of a possible 4. They will likely be hoping for a little more from themselves in the future, after only scoring 3 goals across those two games. However, the defence was solid, with both goalies each taking a game in net and posting solid results.

Tues., Jan. 9 vs. St. Michael’s Buzzers (3-1L) and Thurs., Jan 11 @ Brantford 99ers (2-1W):

 

Blades Top Players:

Shantz 1G, 1A

Taylor 1G

Donohoe 1G

 

The games had different end results, but the Blades game looked similar in both. We have come to expect a little more from the team after some stellar offensive performances this year. In both cases, the team managed to pile on plenty of shots of net, more than their opponents in both, but the shots were typically routine saves for the opposing goaltenders.

 

A nice bright spot here is the new addition of the two trade pieces the Blades acquired in 2004-born forwards Kyle Kussmann and  Kenny Belanger, and 2003-born forward Noah Tyrrell who all played extremely solid games and are certainly welcome additions to this Blades team. Tyrrell got his first assist as a Blade on the game winning goal. The additional size and skill brought in with these three will surely be noted if they continue to have strong performances like that.

 

To say that the team played poorly would not be true, because they didn’t, but from the way the team has performed this season we expect a much stronger showing offensively, as the defence and goaltending will not always be there to bail them out. Nonetheless, it’s only two games, surely the Blades will return to form before we know it.

 

A game recap of Tuesday’s game at home is going to be posted soon.

 

Note that we play at home this weekend and the games are almost sold out! 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday! Friday is ‘Country Night’ so wear your best cowboy boots, hats, jeans, and plaid!

 

The Annual Winter Classic Tournament organized by the Oakville Rangers Minor Hockey will be filling the stands and the entire Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. A live band, 5-Hole, consisting of minor hockey parents will also be making a return from last year.

 

Overflow parking will be available at King’s Christian Collegiate at 528 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, near the end of Neyagawa Blvd with shuttle busses to Sixteen Mile SC.

 

If you did not get tickets as part of the Winter Classic and plan on attending, reserve tickets now by emailing TaniaLee@OakvilleBlades.ca