The Brantford Blast introduced its 2016 to 2017 ACH team to hometown fans with an 8-4 home opener win over the visiting Dundas Real McCoys at the Brantford and District Civic Centre, Friday night.
Newcomer to the Blast lineup this season is Charlie Stephens, a former Washington Capitals, and Colorado Avalanche draft choice who spent most of his professional career in the AHL and Europe with a few NHL appearances along the way. Last season he played for the Cologne Sharks of the DEL in Germany.
Stephens led the Blast past the McCoys with three goals and four assists, topping off his three game total at four goals and six assists for 10 points.
Brantford’s Chris Rebernik and Joel Prpic gave the Blast a 2-0 lead but Dundas stung the Blast with two late period powerplay goals after Nathan Farris and Jeff Caister were called for separate minor penalties on the same play.
Dundas broke the 2-2 tie at 2:31 of the second. That’s when Stephens took over, scoring the even-up goal and the go-ahead goal, the second, an unassisted powerplay goal. Brantford’s Shane Terry made it 5-3 for the Blast with 20 minutes left in the game.
Stephens struck again for his third of the game 32 seconds into the third before Mitch Green connected from Cam Sault and David Russell on a powerplay. Matt Foy scored for Dundas but Jeff Caister closed out the scoring for Brantford in the 8-4 win.
The Blast’s first win of the new campaign comes after road losses to Whitby, 8-3, and Stoney Creek, 7-4.
Joining the Blast lineup this year is Six Nations’ Mitch Green who joins New Credit’s Cam Sault this year and is fitting in well at the Sr. AAA level.
Hagersville Hawks graduate Derek Medeiros has returned to the Blast again for his third season in Brantford.
Next up for Cam, Mitch and the Blast will be Friday, Nov. 4th against the Thorold Athletics at 7:30 p.m.
New Credit’s Cam Sault lays a hit on a Dundas Real McCoys’ player showing again he is an all-round solid player both with the puck and with the body. Photo by Lyan Photography.