BRANTFORD – In his first game back after off-season knee surgery, Six Nations/New Credit’s Cameron Sault played an important role in preserving the Brantford Blast’s fast start in the Allan Cup Sr. AAA Hockey League season, by assisting on three of Brantford’s key goals, including the game winner.
Sault, known in the dressing room as “Pepper”, is in his second year with the Blast, who are now 8-0-0 on the season after defeating the Norwood Vipers in a close 7-6 game at the Brantford Civic Centre Friday night.
Kyle Spurr opened the scoring at 11:24 assisted by Chris Rebernik and Chris Leveille, but Norwood’s Darren Doherty answered on a powerplay at 14:07. It was tied at 1-1 after the first period.
Jeff Caister and Rebernik put the Blast ahead 3-1 by the halfway point in the second period. The Vipers scored their second of the game at 11:06 before Chad Spurr made it 4-2, assisted by Jamie Williams and Sault.
Mike Ruberto made it 5-2 at 17:41, but with 36 seconds left in the period, Doherty scored his second of the game to make it 5-3 with 20 minutes left in regulation time.
Joel Prpic then scored a short hander at 3:33 assisted by Andrew Lackner and Sault to make it 6-3. The Vipers kept coming at the Blast and tallied the next two goals to take the air out of the Blast cushion and draw within striking distance of the Blast at 6-5.
Norwood pulled their goaltender Ryan Aschaber for the extra man, but it backfired as Sault picked up a loose puck and sent Chad Spurr in to score into the empty net for the 7-5 goal with 43 seconds left.
Hat goal stood up as the game winner after Norwood scored on Anthony Marshall with three seconds remaining for the 7-6 final.
The Blast will try and make it 8-0 this Friday, Dec 6, when they travel down the 403 to face the 3-2 Dundas Real McCoys.