By Ty Brooks
Nov. 22nd vs. North York Rangers
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A rare Wednesday game took place in Oakville this past Wednesday which pitted the Blades against the North York Rangers in the only matchup between the two squads this year. In what was certainly not the best effort of the year for the Blades, they fell short of the mark on this weekday game.
The game was played with much back and forth momentum between the two teams, yet only one goal was scored in the first 40 minutes of play. Silas Crawford registered the opening tally at 19:21 off of a good rebound with assists going to Conor Thacker and Jack Churchill. Among the other highlights of the 1st period was the fact that Oakville starched the Rangers offense, keeping them to just 5 shots in the whole period.
And we would have to wait until the 3rd period before all of a sudden the nets would be filled with pucks. Four goals in the third period propelled us to a final score of 3-2 after the Rangers would go up 2-1 by 10:40 into the period. A quick counterattack from Oakville led to the game being tied thanks to the efforts of #71 Luke Johnston. Off of a pass from Aidan Taylor (secondary assist Matthew Indovina) the team’s leading scorer used his big frame to push himself around the defence, cut through the slot and tuck the puck neatly just under the blocker of the North York netminder.
Unfortunately, the Rangers would strike minutes later, and the score would remain the same despite the empty net efforts from the Blades. After three periods of play, your Oakville Blades had suffered a loss to the North York Rangers, a loss that will surely teach them not to underestimate any team in this league.
Next up, two away games, both 7:30 PM starts. Saturday and Sunday are your game days with the team heading out west both times to face the Toronto Patriots and the Pickering Panthers in their home arenas. Lots of Blades hockey has gone, but there’s plenty more to come, make sure to catch it all! Go Blades Go!