Admirals pick up 3-2 victory over Wheatley Omstead Sharks

 

 

Cliff Erickson (centre) was the guest performer at the Admirals’ Christmas party Saturday night at the Verdi Club.

Cliff Erickson (centre) was the guest performer at the Admirals’ Christmas party Saturday night at the Verdi Club.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Integrity Admirals celebrated Christmas one night and a victory the next.

One night after the team’s fundraising Christmas party at the Verdi Club featuring musician Cliff Erickson, the Jr. C hockey team was on the ice Sunday at the Libro Centre where they knocked off the Wheatley Omstead Sharks 3-2.

The Admirals looked like the better team in the first period as they got goals from Luke Gangnon and Ryan Holzel and out-shot the Sharks 12-4. However, Wheatley rallied in the second and tied the game thanks to goals from Justin Pinsonneault and Jack Leafeve but Dylan Muzzatti put Amherstburg ahead to stay with a minute left in the period.

A series of late penalties to both teams didn’t have any impact on the scoreboard as the Admirals held on for the win.

Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon said the team’s compete level in the first and third periods was evident, particularly late in the game.

“We took 20 minutes off in the second period,” he said. “They made it a game by us not competing for 20 minutes.”

Bortignon was pleased the Admirals got the win, noting they want to be ready for the playoffs in a little over a month’s time. He wasn’t concerned with the late penalties either.

The Amherstburg Integrity Admirals celebrate their 3-2 victory over Wheatley Dec. 20 at the Libro Centre.

The Amherstburg Integrity Admirals celebrate their 3-2 victory over Wheatley Dec. 20 at the Libro Centre.

“I question some of the calls both ways,” he said. “It’s disappointing to disrupt the flow of the game.”

Amherstburg sat in third place in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League standings after Sunday’s game with a 16-8-3-1 record and 36 points. The Admirals host Blenheim tomorrow night in the team’s lone Wednesday night home game of the regular season.

“We’re definitely going to up our compete level for that one,” said Bortignon. “It was an OK effort tonight.”

The Admirals close out their five-game homestand Sunday with a game against Alvinston. Both games start at 7 p.m.

General manager/co-owner Wes Ewer thanked those who supported the fundraiser and those who bought tickets for the team’s Christmas raffle, with prizes won by Liz Muzzatti, Kevin Atkinson and Brian Bratt respectively.

“Thanks for the support,” said Ewer. “It goes a long way to help the team.”

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