Admirals dump Dresden 8-3 for third consecutive win

 

 Luke Gagnon (left) converts a pass from Mark Gangnon (17) past Dresden goalie Steven Taylor in the first period of Amherstburg’s 8-3 win Sunday night.

Luke Gagnon (left) converts a pass from Mark Gangnon (17) past Dresden goalie Steven Taylor in the first period of Amherstburg’s 8-3 win Sunday night.

Amherstburg’s Colin Leardi (right) scraps with Dresden’s Wade Esselment during the third period of the Admirals’ win Sunday night.

Amherstburg’s Colin Leardi (right) scraps with Dresden’s Wade Esselment during the third period of the Admirals’ win Sunday night.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals scored early and often en route to a convincing 8-3 win over the Dresden Jr. Kings Sunday night at the Libro Centre.

Mark Gangnon’s hat trick helped lead the way for the Admirals in what was their third straight victory.

“It just clicked tonight,” he said.

Gangnon said the Admirals’ 3-2 win over Essex earlier in the week gave his team some confidence and they have been playing well since.

“The coaches just keep hyping us up really good,” said Gangnon.

Amherstburg set the tone early and put Dresden in a hole the visitors were never able to climb out of as the Admirals led 3-0 just 5:39 into the game on goals by Cody Leeming, Jordan Luciw and Steven Spada with those three goals coming on Amherstburg’s first five shots. Luciw’s goal came with the man-advantage.

Dillon Liberty got Dresden on the board at the 7:51 mark of the opening period but Mark Gangnon put Amherstburg up 4-1 moments later.

The teams traded goals before the period was out with Kevin Ritzer scoring for the Jr. Kings while Mark Gangnon set up Luke Gangnon for Amherstburg’s fifth goal with just 0.1 seconds left in the period.

Dresden’s Derrick VanEvery had the only goal of the second period but Mark Gangnon scored twice in the third period with Marshal Laing adding another Amherstburg goal to round out the scoring. All three goals in the third period were power play goals for the Admirals.

Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon said his team got the breaks but he was encouraged that his team are putting more pucks to the net. After being defeated 7-3 by Lakeshore in the home opener, Bortignon said their best players had to be better and that is what is happening as of late.

Bortignon credited goalie Arren Romeril for playing well in Amherstburg’s 3-2 overtime win last Tuesday night in Essex with backup goalie Daniel Tonietto getting the win in a 3-1 Amherstburg victory the next night in Wallaceburg.

Allowing fewer shots on goal is a priority, Bortignon added, but noted the Admirals are missing some defencemen right now due to injuries and suspensions. Spada has done a good job after being moved back to the blue line, said Bortignon.

Bortignon said the team is cutting down on their penalties overall and the coaches are treating breaking down the 40-game season into ten-game stretches and analyzing what they need to do better after each ten-game period.

The Admirals, now 3-1 on the season, have a pair of home games this weekend as the Blenheim Blades come in for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff Saturday while the Mooretown Flags arrive at the Libro Centre for a 7 p.m. game Sunday.

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