Admirals hang on to beat Dresden 4-3 for third win in a row

 

Amherstburg forward Brett Beattie (blue jersey at right) celebrates his second period goal as the puck bulges in the back of the net behind Dresden goalie Brent Paxton. Paxton was pulled for backup goalie Jamie Morreau after the Admirals made it 4-0. The Jr. Kings rallied but fell short as Amherstburg won 4-3.

Amherstburg forward Brett Beattie (blue jersey at right) celebrates his second period goal as the puck bulges in the back of the net behind Dresden goalie Brent Paxton. Paxton was pulled for backup goalie Jamie Morreau after the Admirals made it 4-0. The Jr. Kings rallied but fell short as Amherstburg won 4-3.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals won their third straight game in Great Lakes Jr. C hockey action Sunday night but they had to hang on to do it.

The Admirals downed the Dresden Jr. Kings 4-3 at the United Communities Credit Union Complex after fending off a Jr. Kings’ comeback attempt.

Amherstburg looked to have the game well in hand at the midway point of the second period after scoring four goals in a five-minute span. Luke Gangnon opened the scoring 4:16 into the second period with Brett Beattie making it 2-0 not quite one minute later. Mark Sobocan potted a shorthanded goal at the 7:01 point of the middle frame while Cole Levac scored his first goal in an Admirals’ uniform to make it 4-0 at the 9:46 mark of the second period.

Gangnon also recorded a pair of assists.

Dresden made the game interesting from there with Kevin Ritzer scoring with 26 seconds left in the second period and Taylor Sisson adding two more in the third – one on a Jr. Kings’ powerplay and another one while his team was shorthanded. The Jr. Kings could not find the equalizer, however, thus giving the Admirals their 12th win of the season.

Beattie said they started a bit slow and after they scored their four goals, “it looks like we lost our heads a little bit.” He said the Admirals have to stay to the basics and play their game, something they got away from in the third period as they allowed some two-on-ones and got into penalty trouble.

Dresden was 1-for-9 with the man advantage while Amherstburg was 0-for-3.

“Everyone tried to do too much by themselves,” he said.

The third straight win “feels good,” Beattie added, and hoped the team could at least match the six straight wins they had earlier this season. The three wins come after the Admirals had dropped four straight.

“I think we play too much emotionally,” he said. “We’ve got to stay at that one level.”

Admirals head coach/GM Greg Prymack noted they have a younger group of players who have to learn how to “keep going” after they build a big lead. Overall though, he said he has been pleased with his team’s work ethic as of late.

“We came out in the first two periods and played great,” said Prymack.

The goal late in the second period by Dresden was tough and they allowed two more in the third period but Prymack was happy with the victory regardless of how it occurred.

“A win is a win,” said Prymack. “We’re tied for fourth place. We got two wins on the weekend against two good teams.”

The Admirals had a come-from-behind win of their own Friday night in Belle River. After the Canadiens built a 3-0 advantage after one period, a second period goal by Josh Laframboise and third period goals by Kyler Carter and Jordan Luciw sent it to overtime. Ryan Jones won it two minutes into the extra session.

Prymack said the Admirals are looking to move up the standings on the road as the Admirals embark on a three-game road trip. Amherstburg plays in Alvinston this Saturday at 8 p.m. travel to Essex Dec. 10 for a 7:15 p.m. faceoff before finishing the trip in Wallaceburg Dec. 11 for a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Admirals have this Sunday off and do not have another home game until Dec. 15 against Mooretown at 7:30 p.m.

 

TRADE — The Admirals also made a trade last week, sending forward Thomas Eady to Belle River in exchange for forward Jordan Luciw. Head coach/GM Greg Prymack said the trade allows the Admirals to get a bit younger as Luciw has a 1995 birth date as opposed to Eady’s 1994 birth date.

Prymack added Luciw played with a number of current Admirals players in minor hockey and with his statistics from Belle River, he ranks highly compared to teammates on the Admirals.

“He’s a big, strong forward and we are trying to get bigger. That really helps,” said Prymack. “We got a year younger and a bigger, physical player.”

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