The Bradford Rattlers came back strong this Sunday after last week’s overtime defeat with a decisive 6-0 win over the Ville-Marie Pirates.
The Rattlers started off with some added pre-game action, introducing an official flag bearer to the game's starting lineup. This week's flag bearer was local resident Alexander C., proudly carrying the flag around the ice under the spotlight courtesy of team sponsor Upsight and Sound, Barrie.
At the game, the Rattlers also welcomed Stacey and Josh Lewis and their child Emerson to attend the game and participate in the team's official puck drop. Emerson recently received a medical diagnosis requiring brain surgery this coming week, and when the Bradford Rattlers crew learned of this, they quickly hopped into action to make a special evening for Emerson and his family. The Rattlers thank Emerson for doing an amazing job at the puck drop and wish you the best of luck in your upcoming surgery.
“Josh and myself, on behalf of our family, would like to extend our immense appreciation and gratitude to Sean Werth, general manager, and Travis Dafoe, game day operations, and the entire Rattler team, for arranging this special evening for our family and to the Bradford Rattlers for making this evening such a memorable one for all of us. Your thoughtfulness and generosity provided us and our extended family with memorable times to spend with Emerson before his surgery they wouldn't have had otherwise. It meant so much to all of us, and we are so incredibly thankful. Thank you,” Stacey and Josh Lewis said.
Bradford Rattlers also welcomed local resident Hannah Spencer-Thomspon to sing the national anthem for the evening. Spencer-Thomspon joined us tonight from the Toronto Metropolitan University’s On that Note acapella choir. Spencer-Thomspon’s voice echoed throughout the rink to grant us all a beautiful and heartfelt rendition of O’Canada tonight.
The Rattlers started the game with an early goal 5:50 into the first period by Sweden native Jacob Rhodin (#91), who went deep into the dozen with a double fake and sharp backhand angle shot to drain the puck. Rhodin’s goal was assisted by Jesper Eriksson (#8) and Pavel Rozhkov (#7).
Both teams showed strong defensive play with constant back-and-forth action at centre ice, with the Rattlers dominating with 11 shots on goal to Ville-Maries nine. The Rattlers would proceed to extend their lead with the final shot on net sneaking past the Ville Marie Goalie with only 1:57 remaining in the period. Goal scored by Stepan Levitskiy (#14), seeing assists from Swen Meusy (#12) and William-Daniel Burns (#22)
The puck battle continued in the second period, with Ville-Marie having control in the Rattler zone early on. However, Rattlers Brayden Uluqsi (#16) recovered the puck deep in the corner of the Rattlers zone and a quick pass up to his teammate at center ice Jacob image006.pngRhodin (#91), who, on a 2-on-1, carried the puck into the Pirates zone with a quick pass and for the assist on huge one-timer by Hunter Godmere (#20) to give the Rattlers a 3-0 lead.
The Bradford Rattlers would continue to dominate the second period with goals by Arvid Malm (#19) assisted by Pavel Rozhkov (#7) at 11:10 into the second and a second goal by Hunter Godmere assisted by Jesper Eriksson with 3:15 remaining the second.
Third-period action was a rough and tumble one with a combined 24-minutes worth of penalties being called, nearly double the amount up to that point in the game so far. Bradford Rattlers scored one goal by Jesper Eriksson, assisted b Ryan St.John (#13) on eight shots on net compared to Ville-Marie’s nine. The game sped along fairly quickly and uneventfully after the final goal, with the run-clock rule being applied.
The Bradford Rattlers welcome everybody to attend next Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Bradford Leisure center (blue ice) as the Bradford Rattlers take on the Bancroft Rockhounds.
The Rattlers also encourage all attendees to make a sign for a chance to win a prize at the night's game!
Calling all first responders
The Bradford Rattlers are proud to host First Responders Appreciation Night on Oct. 30. The Bradford Rattlers respect and thank our first responders.
In appreciation of their service and in respect to National First Responders Day in Oct. 28, we invite all first responders and their families to attend the game on Oct. 30. Game is proudly sponsored by Steve Quesnel at McKague Mortgages.
Looking to complete your community service hours? Have a group looking to participate in intermission activities, be a flag bearer, national anthem singer, or a group to attend a game? Fundraising, advertisement or sponsorship considerations? Contact [email protected] to request more information.
Bradford Rattlers thank our sponsors and fans for helping put on an amazing evening.