Blast limp into Christmas Break

BRANTFORD – The Brantford Blast stumbled into the Christmas Break in the ACH Sr. AAA schedule with a 4-3 OT loss to the Dundas Real McCoys in Brantford for their annual Teddy Bear toss game, followed by a 6-1 crushing in Whitby by the Dunlops, Saturday night.

The Blast were without forward Joel Prpic due to a two game suspension and Kyle Montpetit due to a one game suspension. With a diminished bench of only 15 skaters, the Blast and Dunlops kept each other off the score sheet until 8:26 of the chippy second period, when Dunlops’ Kyle Ventura beat Brett Leggat. Andrew Marcoux got that back with a powerplay goal at 15:01, but Shane Terry ended the second period with the Dunlops leading 2-1.

The already short Brantford bench got even shorter after a string of penalties of aggression, and as the Blast tired, the Dunlops got stronger, accounting for all four third period goals.

Friday night, in Brantford, Dundas goalie, Mike Mole, should have been given the game puck for stealing the extra point after a 4-3 OT shootout win over Brantford. Mole turned aside 67 of 70 shots, more than doubling the workload of Anthony Marshall, who faced 34 shots.

Dundas took a 2-0 first period lead on goals scored by Cam Watson and Shawn Snider. Andrew Lackner scored a powerplay goal for Brantford at 12:27 of the second frame from Chris Rebernik and Cam Sault, and Derek Mederios evened the score at 2:07 of the third, assisted by Lackner and Dustin Alcock. Thirty-eight seconds later, Dundas took the lead again with Simon Mangos’ unassisted marker.

Just when Mole got everyone in the building believing he was inhuman, Mike Burgoyne sent the game into extra time when he tied the game at 9:27 with the only goal of a period where Brantford outshot Dundas 28-8.

There was no scoring in the extra period and it went to a shootout against a goalie hot enough to melt the ice in the Dundas crease. Shawn Snider and Cam Watson scored for Dundas, while Mederios and Marcoux were stoned by Mole.

The Blast will be off until the New Year, when the Norwich Vipers visit of the Brantford Civic Centre Friday Jan 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

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