The Bradford Rattlers played a strong game this past Sunday, Oct. 9, dominating the Bancroft Rockhounds with a 10-1 victory.
The Rattlers pregame included Hudson Lynn as flag bearer for the evening, courtesy of the spotlight by sponsor Upsight & Sound in Barrie.
Both teams started strong with great defensive plays, keeping the game tied for the first half of the first period. The game’s drought was broken, however, by Rattlers Hunter Godmere (No. 20) at 10:56 in the first, seeing an assist by Jesper Eriksson (No. 8). So began the scoring onslaught.
Godmere would continue in the first period to score the third goal on a power play at 15:26 with an assist by Jacob Rhodin (No. 91). He also scored the team’s fourth goal at 18:48 with assists by Stepan Levitskiy (No. 14) and Pavel Rozhkov (No. 7) to receive his first hat trick of the season. Godmere would contribute with three assists in the second and third periods for a whopping six-point night.
The Rattlers’ second goal was locked in by Jesper Eriksson (No. 8) with assists by Jacob Rhodin and Swen Meusy (No. 12) at 13:06 in the first period.
Starting the second period down 5-0, Bancroft came out like a ravaging hound, hard on the attack with quick offensive plays. The Rattlers were able to break up the attack, but Bancroft’s Kerric Chambers (No. 18) intercepted the attempt. He got the puck out of the zone, and with a quick flip, drained the puck into the back of the Rattlers’ net at 1:51 into the second period.
The Rattlers would quickly respond with a goal at 2:50 by Stepan Levitskiy. The remainder of the period would be relatively uneventful, with exception of a handful of moments. There was a bright moment at 17:06 when the Rattlers’ Tanner Skrypnyk (No. 27) sank the punk deep in the Bancroft net off of an assist by Godmere, ending the second period in a 7-1 Rattlers lead.
The Rattlers would proceed with their domination in the third period with four further uncontested goals. Stephan Levitskiy would score the period’s first goal, with assists by Godmere and Meusy early on at 2:16. The third followed shortly by Meusy’s own goal assisted by Levitskiy and William-Daniel Burns (No. 12) at 5:30.
The Rattlers’ Adam Witkowski (No. 68) would receive his first goal for the season at 17:21 off an assist by Burns and go on to assist in the game’s final goal by Pavel Rozhkov (No. 7) with seconds left in the third period at 19:55. Rozhkov’s goal was assisted by Toronto’s own Adam Witkowski and St-Jerome, Que.’s No. 55, Lukas Roy.
The Bradford Rattlers welcome everybody to attend next Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the BWG Leisure Centre (blue ice) as the Bradford Rattlers take on the South Muskoka Shield. 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 for the game on Oct. 30. The Bradford Rattlers respect and thank our first responders and in appreciation of their service, and in respect to National First Responders Day on Oct. 28, we invite all first responders and their families to attend the game on Oct. 30, proudly sponsored by Steve Quesnel at McKague Mortgages.
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The Bradford Rattlers thank our sponsors and fans for helping put on an amazing evening.