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Blades Earn First Win in the Centennial Cup

OAKVILLE, ON - MAY 11: Jacob Crisp #22 of the Oakville Blades watches the play after getting knocked to the ice during the second period at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on May 11, 2024 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)

By Ty Brooks

 

After a less than ideal start to the tournament, the Blades bounced back in a big way against the SIJHL champions, the Sioux Lookout Bombers. Hitting the win column in their second game of the tournament was big for the Blades hopes of making it past the round robin. Now with a record of 1-1, the Blades will face the Winkler Flyers (MJHL) and Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) in their final two round robin games. They need to win both of those games if they want to guarantee themselves a playoff spot in the tournament.

 

The Blades made two notable lineup changes heading into this game, and into the lineup came #84 Marco Costante. As well, goaltender #30 Mikkel Christensen, the second youngest goaltender in the tournament, took the crease for the game.

 

Despite no goal scoring in the first period, it was full of action. The Blades led in the shot department 16-11 and were the stronger team for most of the period, but still, no goals. It would turn out to be the second period when the pucks started finding the twine, and they did so four times. The team showcased their shooting in this one, with three beautiful goals that beat the Bomber’s goaltender up high at 7:54, 12:37, and 13:42. The goals were all scored by members of the Blades leadership group, with co-captain Clarke starting us off and alternates Max Donohoe and Jacob Crisp following closely behind him. The three goals quickly sprung the Blades out to a strong 3-0 lead that would get cut to 3-1 before the second period ended.

 

Sioux Lookout was ready with a quick response to begin the third period and brought the game to just one. Fortunately for Oakville, that was about the extent of the success for the Bombers during that period, as they only registered five shots in the frame. It was then Oakville’s turn, when Kenny Belanger and Matthew Indovina scored two net front goals. On the last goal, AP and Kitchener Rangers first round pick, Evan Headrick, who has been playing great hockey, managed to grab his first Jr. A point! It was a primary assist on Indovina’s goal, and it helped seal the game off at 5-2.

 

The Player of the Game was #94 Noah Tyrrell, who had a great game, notching 3 assists. Two other players, Belanger and Donohoe, also had multi-point games with a goal and an assist each. That marks two back-to-back multi-point games for Belanger, who’s been the team’s best player through 120 minutes.

 

Coming up next are the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL. They’re a big team who also beat the Sioux Lookout Bombers in the first game of the tournament, and after losing Saturday to the Melfort Mustangs, they also sit with a 1-1 record. That means that it will certainly be a critical game to win because the chances of making the playoffs with two losses are less than likely.

 

That game takes place on Monday, May 13th, at 7:30PM. Get your tickets now! Go Blades Go!