The Hamilton Red Wings finally got the job done at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Monday night, cruising past the Oakville Blades 8-2.
“We wanted to prove a point that… this is our house. We had the goaltending and the kid’s played big. It was a fabulous effort,” said Red Wings’ interim head coach Robert Turnbull.
In their last meeting on Sept. 14 in Oakville, Hamilton came away with a 6-3 victory.
Eddie Davey, acquired from the Georgetown Raiders last week, was in net for the Wings and stopped shots. He credited his defense for making his work easier. “The defense was great in front of me. You can’t have a championship team without great defense.” Davey also talked about joining the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League Red Wings. “It feels great to get picked up by these guys. It’s a great team to play with and it’s a great team atmosphere in the dressing room.”
In the first period, Oakville struck first, on the power play, at 8:06 as Lindsay Sparks beat Davey. Not too long after that, Spencer Abbott beat Oakville’s Scott Greenham on the power play to tie the game.
Just under two minutes had come off the clock in the second period when Kris Krolouski beat Greenham to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. Eleven minutes later, Nathan Pageau scored on a backhander to make it a two-goal lead. With 48 seconds left in the period, Wes Consorti fired a shot past Greenham to make it 4-1 for the Red Wings.
It was all Red Wings in the final frame, highlighted by numerous save from Davey.
Anthony Ruberto needed just 38 seconds of the final period to start the Wings four goal output. At 2:24, Luc Boissinneault scored on a giveaway to cut the lead to three. But a few minutes later, Marc Hagel beat Greenham on the power play to make it 6-2 Red Wings. At 12:02, Abbott beat Greenham to give the Red Wings a five-goal lead. With a couple minutes remaining in the period, Krolouski scored on the power play to seal the victory.
Abbott also added two assists in the game to push his point total on the season to 14.
“I’d say it was one of my best games, but I had a couple five point games last year,” said Abbott. He gave a lot of the credit to linemate Marc Hagel. “He does so much for me and without him I don’t know.”
Hagel had an assist in the game to raise his point total on the season to 8. Consorti, who also added three assists in the game, now has 15 points on the season to lead the team.
The Red Wings now move back into first place in the West Division with a record of 6-3 and have a one-point lead on Georgetown.
Next action for the Red Wings is tonight (Thursday, Oct. 6) as they visit the Brampton Capitals. They return home on Monday night (Oct. 8) to battle the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.