BRANTFORD – The Brantford Blast are off to a good start in the Sr. AAA Allan Cup Hockey League after weekend games.
They opened the new season last week with a 7-1 win over Welland, and this past Friday, Nov. 8th, they notched a 3-0 shutout win over their arch rivals, the Dundas Real McCoys. That was followed Sunday afternoon with a tight 6-5 win over the Stoney Creek Generals in Stoney Creek.
Kyle McQuade gave the Generals a 1-0 lead at 5:35 of the first period unassisted, before Krle Spurr and Greg Bullock ended the period with Brantford leading 2-1. Picking up assists on the Brantford goals were Bullock, Brandon Dietrich, Mike Burgoyne, and Joel Prpic.
The Blast piled on three more goals in the second period thanks to Dietrich, Jamie Williams and Kevin Baker to construct a 5-1 lead by the 14:35 mark. But Stoney Creek got on a late period roll and put in two powerplay markers 40 seconds apart to close the second chapter, 5-3, still with Brantford leading.
Bryan Hamm and Kyle Spurr were serving separate Brantford penalties for Slashing, and Interferance, respectively.
General’s Kyle Zettler struck early in the third to bring the Generals to within one of the Blast at 36 seconds. Zettler then scored a shorthander at 7:23 to even the score at 5-5.
David Russell played the hero by scoring what would hold out to be the game winner at 8:57, assisted by Williams and Mark Taylor. Anthony Marshall earned the win in the Brantford net. Goalie David DiGironimo suffered the loss despite a strong game as he faced 41 Brantford shots.
Friday night at the Brantford Civic Centre, the penalty box was the most popular seat in the house as Dundas accumulated 18 minutes in 9 infractions. Brantford took 16 infractions for 54 penalty minutes.
Brett Leggat stood up to 30 Dundas shots while Mike Mole stopped 24 of 27 shots at the other end of the ice.
Ex-NHL’er Joel Prpic scored the lone goal of the first period at 18:14 assisted by Jeremy Bloomfield and Jeff Caister.
He did the same at 16:32 of the second period as well with a powerplay goal scored from Dietrich and Kyle Spurr.
Mike Ruberto made the McCoys pay for a pulling their goalie with a short handed, empty netter from Caister at 19:44.
The McCoys get another shot at the Blast this coming Friday night at the Market Street Arena in Dundas with a 7:30 start. Then Saturday, the Brantford takes the Blast road show into Whitby for a 6:30 start.