BRANTFORD – The season came to an abrupt end for the Allan Cup League Brantford Blast with back-to-back Dundas Real McCoy’s wins in the first round of playoffs.
The Blast closed the month of February with a 7-6 overtime loss against the McCoys which was followed the next night in Dundas where the Blast was pummeled 7-3 in the short best of three series, ending their 2017 campaign.
Although disappointed with the on-ice results the Blast brass has to be pleased with the fan support they have generated over the past 15 season.
Team owner Peter Ham expressed his year-end comments on the Blast website where he thanked the fans and everyone in the Blast organization.
“A great, big Blast shout out to our sponsors for their continued, loyal support,” posted Ham. “We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks to you we were second overall in OHA average attendance out of 118 teams. We would like to thank the mighty Blast players for a truly hard fought season and for giving our fans so much joy throughout the year.
We would also like to thank the fans themselves. The support the Blast have received this year has been greatly appreciated. We have the most passionate fans in the league.
We would also like to congratulate The Dundas Real McCoys on their victory as they move forward. We wish them as well as the Generals, the Dunlops and the Athletics all the best in their quest for the Robertson Cup. Although this was not the result we were hoping for, it was an enjoyable year and we have plenty to look forward to for next season.”
New Credit’s Cameron Sault finished his fifth season with the Blast with a steady paced six goals and 23 assists in 24 games, for 29 points, more than a point a game.
The McCoys move on to face the Stoney Creek Generals in the semi-finals while Whitby and the St. Catharines Athletics are matched up in the other series. The winner of each will play for the Robertson Cup and qualify to represent the OHL for the Mann Cup later this spring.