Admirals on four-game losing streak after 5-4 loss to Mooretown

 

Mark Sobocan attempts a backhand shot on Mooretown goalie Brandon Johnson during third period action of the Admirals’ 5-4 loss at the United Communities Credit Union Complex Sunday night.

Mark Sobocan attempts a backhand shot on Mooretown goalie Brandon Johnson during third period action of the Admirals’ 5-4 loss at the United Communities Credit Union Complex Sunday night.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals returned from an 0-3 road trip with a game against the Mooretown Flags but the visitors extended Amherstburg’s losing streak to four.

On the strength of four powerplay goals, the Flags edged the Admirals 5-4 Sunday night at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. Admirals GM/head coach Greg Prymack said “stupid penalties” cost his team as Mooretown went 4-for-11 with the man-advantage while the Admirals went 2-for-four.

“You can’t win when you are in the box,” said Prymack. “Even strength, there was no doubt who the better team was.”

Amherstburg opened the scoring 13:01 into the first period when Dan Matoski scored on the powerplay but Jeff Schroeter tied it for the Flags with just under two minutes to play in the period.

The Admirals took a 3-1 lead early in the second period when Kyle Morand and Blake Rutckyj scored, Rutckyj’s being a shorthanded goal, but Mooretown responded with three straight before the period was out. All of Mooretown’s second period goals were on the powerplay with Brett Thompson scoring two and Macgregor Haddon the third.

The teams swapped goals in the third period with both being powerplay markers. Dan Lumley gave the Flags a 5-3 lead but Ryan Jones responded for the Admirals to cut the lead to one but the home team could get no further despite outshooting Mooretown 35-26 on the night.

Penalties have been the story for the last couple of weeks, said Prymack, and is something they will continue to work on.

“It doesn’t sink in all the time, just certain individuals,” he said, of the message to stay out of the penalty box.

Prymack believed there were some “questionable calls” against the Flags but did not blame the officiating for the loss.

“We dug our own graves and we buried ourselves tonight,” said Prymack.

The Admirals have over 700 penalty minutes this season and that’s the most in the league, he added.

“We’re not a dirty team. It’s just stupid, lazy penalties,” said Prymack, adding they take too many retaliatory penalties as well.

In a game earlier in the week, the Stars hung with first place Essex and lost only 2-1 while taking just one minor penalty in the game.

The Admirals also acquired a new goalie recently, picking up Arren Romeril from the 73’s. Prymack said Romeril brings experience as he has three years in the Great Lakes Jr. C league and has been to the All-Ontarios.

“How do you not take a goalie that’s 11-1?” he added.

The acquisition of Romeril gives Amherstburg three goalies but that is a temporary situation as Prymack indicated a move will be made this week with one of the team’s goalies.

In addition to the loss in Essex, Amherstburg’s recent road losses also included a 4-3 loss Dec. 7 in Alvinston and a 5-2 loss last Wednesday in Wallaceburg, although the Admirals were missing several key players in the Wallaceburg game.

The Admirals are now 12-13-1 on the season and their 25 points puts them in seventh place. However, they have games in hand on teams immediately in front of them including Mooretown and Blenheim.

Amherstburg’s next game is at home this Sunday night against the Belle River Canadiens. Faceoff is at 7:30 p.m. The Dec. 23 issue of the River Town Times will have already gone to press but the score will be updated on our social media sites.

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