Admirals drop pair of games on the weekend


Admirals hockeyBy Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Admirals dropped a pair of weekend games but are encouraged by their performance in the latter part of Sunday’s game.

The Admirals (9-8-1, 19 pts.) dropped a 3-2 decision Sunday night to the first place Essex 73’s at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. The 73’s have not lost a game in regulation time this season in their first 19 games so the Admirals were pleased with their effort, particularly in the third period.

After Alex Garon and Brett Clarke scored in the first and second periods respectively for Essex, Amherstburg came out with a flurry in the third period and tied it early in the frame. Kyler Carter scored at the 1:41 mark with Chad Copeland tying the game less than two minutes later.

However, Matthew Hebert would pot the game winner at the 12:41 mark of the final period.

“We just didn’t get a couple of bounces when we needed them,” said Amherstburg associate coach Mike Heikkinen.

Heikkinen said the coaches didn’t say much in the second intermission, leaving it to the team’s leadership group to rally the troops for the third period. Heikkinen said the Admirals hope to continue playing like they did in the third period and carry that into their next game.

Team captain Kyle Morand believed the Admirals were “flat” early against the 73’s but was encouraged by their performance in the third period.

“That’s the best team in the league,” said Morand. “We gave them a run for their money.”

Morand said going into the third period, they knew they were still “one shot away” as the first goal would get them going. It did but “unfortunately, it didn’t end well.”

The team seems to be getting down early and trying to fight back late, Heikkinen added, and the Admirals hope to reverse that and have a lead to protect late in games.

Amherstburg dropped a 7-5 decision in Mooretown Saturday night. The Admirals trailed 3-1 after one period and 6-3 after two. Steven Spada had two goals for the Admirals with singles for Mark Sobocan, Blake Rutckyj, Dan Matoski and Tyler Lawrence.

Amherstburg’s 19 points ties them for sixth in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League with Alvinston, the team they will host this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Admirals will kick off the weekend Saturday night in Blenheim.

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