By Ty Brooks
The Blades season schedule did a total 180° after the team played 3 games in 4 days to now playing just one game the whole week. For that game, the Blades travelled north to Georgetown last Saturday for the 3rd meeting of the season with the Raiders.
Dec. 16th @ Georgetown Raiders
Blades Top Players:
McCarthy 29/32 SVS .906 SV%
The two teams in this 5:30 PM game were looking to take the upper hand on the season series, which sat at 1-1 before the puck drop. Sitting in the same conference, as two teams who were fairly close in the standings, makes the points extra valuable. The first period was tight and aggressive hockey, with both teams finding success in shots, but not in goals. Even with a handful of power plays and good scoring chances, score would sit still for the first 20 minutes.
The 2nd period would totally flip the script, with 4 goals, scored in quick succession. Rookie breakout player, Matthew Indovina, collected his 11th and 12th goals of his season in spectacular fashion. Both goals were just 2 minutes apart, and shot the Blades into the lead quickly.
The first of both came in typical Indovina fashion as he charged towards the net on the wing. Instead of pulling the trigger or deking around the goaltender like usual, he used his speed to wrap around the net. This move caught the goaltender off guard and left little contest for #27 to backhand the puck into the net. However, Indovina showed us that he can beat the goalie with the speed of his shot, not just the speed of his feet. Only 2 minutes later, he snapped one home from range, showing off his shot a little.
Even with solid goaltending, and Indovina wreaking havoc in the 2nd period, it wouldn’t be enough. Oakville would keep the shots relatively low for Georgetown, but it wouldn’t stop the Raiders. Four unanswered goals, including an empty net goal in the last 2 seconds of play; you can’t win hockey games like that, and it resulted in the final score being 4-2 Georgetown.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 19), you can finally welcome your Blades back to the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex for a rare noon (12PM) meeting versus the Mississauga Chargers. Blades will have many students from local schools in attendance for the “School Day” game. The Blades will finish out 2023 with 2 more home games on Thursday, December 21st at 2:30 PM vs. the Collingwood Blues in a makeup game, and close out 2023 on Friday at the old regular time of 7:00 PM on December 22 vs. the Caledon Admirals. This final home game of 2023 will be holiday themed and will be followed by a skate with the players! Bring your skates!