Oakville Blades Tie Series With Huge 5-1 Victory Against Orangeville

Oakville Blades Tie Series With Huge 5-1 Victory Against Orangeville
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Steven Ellis

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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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It wasn’t pretty, but the Oakville Blades managed to come out on top on Saturday, defeating the Orangeville Flyers 5-1 in a very physical match to tie their playoff series at one win apiece.

It took the Blades just 2:03 minutesto record the first goal of the contest. With Darren Nesbitt sitting in the box for Orangeville, Josh Kosack was able to beat Wyatt Pickrell in front after some nifty passing by Greg Campbell and Tanner Shaw from the point.

As expected in a seven game playoff series, the game was very intense from the get go. After Kosack got the icebreaker, both teams fought hard to be the net one to put a goal on the scoreboard. After almost every whistle, the refs found themselves having to breakup small kerfuffles, with many misconducts handed out throughout the match.

Orangeville was able to score one of their own before the period came to a close. With six minutes left in the first, James McLaughlin tied the game up at one apiece with a solid wrist shot.

The second period was equally exciting, but it would take about eight minutes for the Blades to finally negate the tie. Kamil Tkaczuk seems to always know where his linemates were, and his great on-ice awareness led to Matt McLeod scoring his first goal since January 14th. Arguably the fastest skater in the entire OJHL, McLeod absolutely rocketed past three defenders before tucking it in five hole past Pickrell for the go-ahead marker.

With time winding down in the second, the Blades were able to take a two goal advantage. This time, Tkaczuk would once again grab an assist after sending the puck over to Christian Rajic, who took a hard wrist shot that Pickrell had no business in stopping. It gave the Blades the 3 -1 lead.

The third period couldn’t have started any better for the boys in blue. Less than a minute in, Brandon Hughes fired a quick one past Pickrell for his first OJHL playoff point. On the very next shift, Matt Lippa put an end to Pickrell’s night with a great shot of his own, giving the Blades the 5-1 lead with a lot more time still left on the clock. The team made sure to continue the effort throughout the remainder of the physical affair, keeping the puck in Orangeville’s end for the majority of the period.

Things did get very heated later on in the match, with many dangerous moments causing the pace to slow down near the end. The game hit a real boiling point when Greg Campbell was speared in front of the Oakville net, causing Paul Butler and Ian Nichols to drop the gloves shortly after. By the end of the game, Oakville would finish with 51 penalty minutes on 13 infractions, while Orangeville ended up with 65 minutes on 17 infractions in what turned out to be an intense game. Oakville may have had the least amount of penalties, but they sure had their way on the scoreboard positively, finishing the game with the 5-1 lead to tie the series up at one.

The Southwest playoff series will head back to Oakville on Monday when the two teams look to gain an advantage at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex at 7:30pm. The series will return back to Orangeville on Wednesday before coming back to Oakville for game five on Friday.

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