Admirals dominate but Jr. Kings walk away with win



Cutline: Amherstburg Admirals Mark Sobocan (dark jersey) uses his arms to create a little room between him and Dresden’s Nolan Smith Admirals-JrKingswhile racing towards the puck.


By Joel Charron


The Amherstburg Admirals know they let one slip through their hands.

The visiting Dresden Jr. Kings handed the Admirals their third straight loss Sunday night, taking out the Admirals 3-2 at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

Amherstburg didn’t make it easy for the Jr. Kings, keeping goalie Brent Paxton on his toe by peppering him with 39 shots.

“Their (Dresden) goalie played well. I think that was the difference in the game,” said Admirals head coach Greg Prymack. “This was a frustrating one, these are the ones you have to win.”

Amherstburg outplayed and out shot the Jr. Kings 25-15 in the first period but thanks to a late goal by Taylor Sisson, Dresden held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The score remained 1-0 until the third period when Dresden went up 2-0 thanks to a powerplay goal by Alex Ritchie.

Just over a minute later Amherstburg’s Kyler Carter answered back to put the Admirals back in the mix, however Dresden restored their two-goal lead when Derek Daly found the back of the net.

Amherstburg’s Steven Spada picked up a powerplay goal midway through the third period.

With just over three minutes left, the Admirals squandered their chance to tie the game, failing to convert on a 5-on-3 powerplay.

This is the third straight loss the Admirals have lost by one; Prymack contributes that to being “offensively challenged.”

“We don’t have that sniper that’s going to nail that one when you need it,” he said. “We have to work so hard for every goal.”

Amherstburg captain Kyle Morand said the Admirals have to do a better job finishing around the net.

“I don’t know how many times the puck squirts through the crease and we’re just not there with our stick on the ice and they are swatting it away even before we can get a hold of it,” he said.

Morand added the work ethic is there but more can be done.

“If you are going to go to the net, go to the net hard and in the corners, go in there with a purpose,” he said. “We’re doing all the right things, going to all the right places and working hard but we are not giving that last little effort.”

Prymack said if there is a good thing to come out of the last few games, it is the emergence of goaltender Chris Wallace.

“Chris Wallace has really shown that he can play,” he said.

Prymack said it’s still to early to determine a number one goalie but mentioned Wallace has looked better between the pipes than counterpart Klinton Kenny.

The Admirals fell to 2-5-0-0 and sit eighth in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League.


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