Admirals grab first home win in thrilling shootout

 

 

Admirals-FlyersCutline: Amherstburg Admirals goalie Chris Wallace makes a pad save on Alvinston Flyer forward Clint Rose in the first period.

 

By Joel Charron

 

The monkey is off their back.

After two consecutive weeks of sending their fans home unhappy, the Amherstburg Admirals delivered their first home win of the season, defeating the Alvinston Flyers 4-3 in a shootout Sunday night at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

Blake Rutckjy not only scored the game-tying goal late in the third period but also scored the shootout winner. Amherstburg native Chris Wallace picked up the Admirals’ second win of the season in front of the hometown crowd.

“We all joked about having the monkey on our back but now that we got that first win at home it feels really good, hopefully the fans liked that too,” said Rutckjy.

Alvinston struck quick and early with the Flyers’ Joe Archer beating Wallace in the opening 90 seconds of the game, however Amherstburg answered back roughly four minutes later with some nifty passing that ended with Chad Copeland putting the puck in the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Alvinston took back the lead about midway through the second period when Karstein Burg scored on the powerplay.

The Admirals notched their own powerplay marker as Daniel Bachynsky’s tip shot bounced past the goalie.

Sam Vokes put the Flyers back in front with sharp wrister from the slot but Rutckjy tied it up in the dying minutes.

Overtime solved nothing and Wallace stopped all four Alvinston shooters before Rutckjy scored the shootout winner.

Admirals head coach Greg Prymack said the squad is showing improvement with every game.

“We played much better tonight,” he said. “ Our defensive play was much better and our goaltending was better tonight.”

The experience of the young Admirals team reared its head as Amherstburg took six penalties throughout the game and allowed one powerplay goal. Prymack said the Flyer goateed the Admirals into a few penalties.

“Our penalty killing has been very good but we shouldn’t be giving up that many,” he said. “Chalk it up to immaturity and not knowing what the coaching staff wants done. Our guys will get better at that as the season goes on.”

Prymack said Wallace played “very well” for his first Jr. C start.

“He was absolutely stellar in the shootout,” said Prymack.

Wallace admitted to feeling nervous before the game but looked forward to the challenges of grabbing that first home win.

“The pressure was definitely on. It was a big game for me, I’ve worked really hard to get here and I wanted to go out and do my best,” said Wallace.

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