BRANTFORD – The Brantford Blast picked up its seventh win in a row with one of the best starts in franchise history on Friday night. The visiting Whitby Dunlops felt the sting of Brantford’s powerful offence and solid defence, not to mention, great goaltending from Brett Leggat.
The tandem of Anthony Marshall and Brett Leggat has allowed only 10 goals so far this ACH Sr. AAA season. Ryan Healy netted the Blast’s first goal at 7:15 of the first period, assisted by Joel Prpic and Brandon Dietrich.
The Dunlops came out on fire in the second period outshooting the Blast 16-8 but Leggat was just as hot and protected kept his team’s narrow lead.
Brantford’s Dave Russell added a third period goal assisted by Ryan Tocher to make it a 2-0 game to that point. Mark Tayor increased the Blast lead to 3-0 and Prpic cashed in on an empty net for what should have been Leggat’s well earned 4-0 shut out win, but the Dunnies spoiled that as time wound down for the 4-1 final.
The next night, in Welland, the Blast harpooned the Whalers by the score of 5-2 with Marshall in the net, turning aside 20 of 22 shots.
At the other end of the ice, Welland goaltender Rick Miller was called upon 54 times.
Brantford took a 2-0 lead on goals by Joel Prpic and Chris Leveille before the Vipers struck at the halfway point in the first period with a powerplay goal.
Prpic put a second notch in his stick at 11:29 with a shorthanded effort. Jamie Williams made it 4-1 by the end of the middle period.
Welland’s Curtis Campbell connected on a Whaler powerplay at 5:26 of the third, but Chad Spurr answered with a short hander two minutes later for the 5-2 final score.
New Credit’s Cam Sault is expected back in the Blast lineup this coming Friday night at the Brantford and District Civic Centre when the Norwood Vipers are in town.