BRACEBRIDGE - It’s not often the losing goalie will get the first star in a blowout, but Mattawa’s netminder Jan Blazek was certainly one of the busiest players on the Bracebridge Phantom ice Nov. 10.
Big Score by Phantoms. The Phantoms get a wild shot and score another goal in the fast and furious unbelievable first period during the game on Sat. Nov. 10 at the Bracebridge Memorial Arena. (Photo by Bev McMullen)
He made a whopping 63 saves against a relentless Bracebridge offence that peppered his pads with 70 shots on net in a 7-1 drubbing of his club. Bracebridge’s backstop Chadd Nelson picked up the second star allowing only one goal, but in facing only 25 shots didn’t keep nearly as busy.
It took the power play for Bracebridge to get their first point against the wily Voyageurs netminder as Cody Burtch got things rolling midway through the first period, followed by Kyle Cecchetto, Tim Murphy also on the power play, and Charles Williams to round out a 4-0 start. Phantom forward Alex Boswell added his club’s third power-play marker of the night in the second period for the only scoring in the frame. Come the third period, Mattawa finally made some offensive noise with their lone goal, only to see it matched by two more Phantom goals, from Casey Prange and Shawn Watson for the 7-1 final.
The following night, Nov. 11 on the road to face the Toronto Attack, the Phantoms found themselves locked in an offensive showdown. Paced by forward Brodie McDonald who picked up a natural hat trick, the Phantoms were overshadowed 6-5 by the final. Even with the loss, Bracebridge still sits in third place with 24 points in their 17 games thus far; however, the win meant the local club gave ground to the Toronto Attack, which settled into fourth place with the win, two points behind the Phantoms.
It was a tense game with the Attack going up 2-0 early, only to see the Phantoms tie things at two-all headed into the second. Cecchetto gave his club the lead on a power-play marker in the second frame, the only scoring that period. Bracebridge mounted a two-goal lead barely a minute into the third before the Attack mounted a comeback to knot it at four all. Again the Phantoms recaptured the lead on Brodie’s third goal of the night, but with time running short the Attack scored again to force overtime. It took almost the full extra frame to come to the conclusion, but it was the Attack that struck late for the 6-5 final.
The Phantoms next game will be on the road against the Toronto Moose Nov. 17, and they will then host the Orangeville Americans Nov. 24 at 8 p.m.