Shaw, McGlynn Lead Blades to 5-0 Victory

Shaw, McGlynn Lead Blades to 5-0 Victory
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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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The Oakville Blades and Newmarket Hurricanes tangled at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville on Friday night, battling in the second contest of the month between the two clubs. Back on October 30th in Newmarket, Hurricanes defenseman Jacob Piltzmaker got the game winner in Newmarket’s eventual 6-3 victory. The script was changed on Friday night, as Tanner Shaw led the team with three goals and Brendan McGlynn finished with 25 saves for the shutout in Oakville’s 5-0 victory.

The Blades drew first blood nearly 14 minutes into the first. With the Blades holding a 9-5 shot advantage at that point, Tanner Shaw’s point shot was deflected in front, with Christian Rajic knocking in the rebound to the left of Connor Ryckman to make it 1-0.

Oakville’s momentum hadn’t worn off just yet. Just over a minute later, Matt Lippa, who assisted on Rajic’s goal on his previous shift, beat Ryckman with a nice wrist shot to double their lead. Lippa, currently Oakville’s top scorer with 27 points at the time of his goal.

The first period was clearly a success. Oakville, who struggled with shots for the majority of the 2013-2014 season, saw no problem in the first, directing 20 shots toward Ryckman to open the game.

The second period started off very similar. Halfway through the period, the Blades had a 27-9 shot advantage, but Newmarket did start to pick it up as the frame ran on. Despite that, Oakville had the best scoring chance of the first half of the period, as Brandon Hughes beat a few Hurricanes defenders with some slick dekes. Unfortunately, the puck bounced off Matt McLeod’s skate and into the corner, negating the scoring opportunity. They did, however, get a few good scoring chances on the power-play right after, but Ryckman stood tall. Neither team was able to add to the score-sheet in the second, but Oakville did lead the period with 18 shots, while Newmarket had half of that with nine.

The third period saw one of the most intense moments of the season. With the puck sitting on the line, and three Blades players believed to be surrounding the puck, Vince Palermo of the Blades and Anthony Salemi of the Hurricanes threw punches behind the Blades net. As a result, both players would have an early exit to the change room.

Shaw was having a solid night on Friday, and he was rewarded with a goal halfway through the third. His point shot may not be the hardest, but he’s proven many times this year that it’s surely deadly. Lippa got his third point of the night on the play, capping off a fantastic night for the rookie forward.

The period of Tanner Shaw wasn’t complete. With six minutes remaining, Shaw showed why his accurate slap shot makes him a valuable asset to the team. Two minutes after that, the defenseman completed the hat-trick, scoring yet another nice wrist shot goal to make it 5-0 Blades. The game, which saw an incredible performance at all three ends of the ice, resulting in the eventual 5-0 victory for Oakville.

With the win, Oakville has now won four games in a row. The team is hoping to make it five on Saturday when the Wellington Dukes come to town. Hope to see you at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex at 7:30pm!



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