Oakville Blades sweep way to Buckland Cup

Spencer Kersten had two assists in the Oakville Blades 3-2 win to complete a sweep of the Ontario Junior Hockey League final. Kersten was named the playoff MVP after scoring five times and putting up 11 points in the final. - Shawn Muir / OJHL Images

The Oakville Blades will have to clear room for another banner in the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex rafters.

Herb Garbutt

Harrison Israels and Garrett Pyke scored 51 seconds apart in the third period to carry the Oakville Blades to a 3-2 win over Wellington to complete a four-game sweep of the Ontario Junior Hockey League final.

Israels had a pair of goals and Will Barber made 25 saves for the win as Oakville won its third Buckland Cup, and its first since 2010.

The Blades went 16-3 on their way OJHL title, including an eight-game winning streak to finish their run.

The game was tied 1-1 when the Blades struck for the two quick goals in the opening minutes of the third period. Wellington cut the lead with to one on a power-play goal with a little more than five minutes to play, but Barber shut them down the rest of the way.

The Blades now advance to the Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Central Ontario championship, in Cochrane, Ont. where they will play the hosts, and the champions of the Northern Ontario and Superior International junior leagues. The winner of that tournament qualifies for the Royal Bank Cup, the national Jr. A championship.

Wellington opened the scoring in Thursday’s game with the only goal of the first period. The Blades had trailed for just two minutes and 12 seconds in the entire series to that point.

Israels tied it up with a power-play goal five minutes into the second period.

Spencer Kersten had a pair of assists to cap an incredible playoff run that earned him MVP honours. He He finished the four-game series with five goals and six assists and had a point in each of the Blades nine games over the final two rounds, racking up 11 goals and 19 points in that stretch. Overall, he led the Blades with 24 points in the playoffs and shared the league lead with 12 goals.