Blades Winning Streak Comes to an End at the Hands of North York Share

Hockey in Oakville: Oakville Blades vs North York Rangers

Blades Winning Streak Comes to an End at the Hands of North York Share
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Steven Ellis

Steven Ellis

Steven Ellis is an Oakvillian, who fell in love with Hockey journalism. He covered the Oakville Blades from 2013 to 2017. He will graduate from Ryerson School of Journalism in 2018. He has so far contributed to RogersTV, Metroland's Oakville Beaver, Euro Hockey, Daily Hive, The Scout House and Champions Hockey League. His next move is to the North York Rangers.

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Two goals by Matthew Whittaker put an end to Oakville’s incredible eight game winning streak as the North York Rangers defeated the Oakville Blades, 4-1.
The start of the first period was fast and furious. The Blades had strong puck possession early in the period, controlling the puck in the North York zone for the early part of the first period. However, it would take until the eight minute mark for Tanner Shaw to get the first shot of the game, a shot that Gianluca Baggetta absorbed to create just the second whistle of the contest.

Despite some good opportunities by the Blades, it would be Whittaker who would open the scoring up for North York. With Christian Rajic in the box, Whittaker picked up the loose puck up in front of Daniel Mannella, making no mistakes for the 1-0 goal.

The Rangers took the 2-0 lead in the first minute of the second. Former Blade Ryan Takamtsu beat Mannella with a great deke after some slick passing from Whittaker and Gabriel Valenzuela.

Oakville’s issues continued late in the period. With three minutes remaining, Will Reilly’s quick wrist shot was tipped by Ted Hunt, who got the puck over the glove of Mannella. That would spell the end of the night for the Blades goalie, who would get replaced by Brendan McGlynn for the remainder of the game.

The Blades looked depleted in the third period, but a late goal by captain Vince Palermo gave Oakville a bit of hope. Unfortunately, that meant nothing, as Whittaker got his second of the game when he picked up the loose puck in front of McGlynn and slipped it five hole. North York’s fourth goal of the game was the final one in the contest, as the Rangers skated to a 4-1 victory to end Oakville’s eight game winning streak.

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