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GAME RECAP

Blenheim uses early goal to top Wheatley, 3-1

Wheatley Area Arena    Sat, Jan 31, 2015

The Blenheim Blades beat the Wheatley Sharks, 3-1, in a contest where the winning goal was scored in the first period but the game remained close throughout.

Blenheim took over the lead for good with a goal by Kellen Kaniecki at 3:20 in the first period. Justin Baker assisted on the tally.

The Blades were led by goalie Eric Stewardson, who finished with 30 saves while allowing one goal. Stewardson managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 3.9 prior to the game.

Blenheim was sparked by Corbin Hagerman, who racked up one goal. Hagerman scored on the power play 15:27 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Blenheim. A slashing penalty on Matthew Barnes had put the Blades on the power play. Nolan VandenBoorn picked up the assist.

Blenheim excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances.

Blenheim also got a goal from Matt Clark as well. In addition, Blenheim received assists from Kirk McKillop, Dylan Smith, Brayden Seliga, and Dallas Richard, who each chipped in one.

Wheatley did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. The Sharks put an average of 3.3 pucks into the net per game. Wheatley forced the Blades goalie Stewardson to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.

The Sharks were led by Frankie Ciacelli, who scored the team's only goal. Ciacelli scored 5:46 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Blenheim. Riley Enns provided the assist.

Blenheim incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. The Blades ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and VandenBoorn was ejected from the game. Wheatley's Conner MacKinnon stopped 25 shots out of the 28 that he faced. The Sharks incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.