Admirals snap four-game skid with 5-4 win over Alvinston


AdmiralsBy Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Admirals snapped a four-game losing streak Sunday night but it took them a while to round into form.

The Admirals downed the Alvinston Flyers 5-4 at the United Communities Credit Union Complex but had to overcome 2-0 and 3-1 deficits in order to do it.

After Chad Rainsberry gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first period, Mark Warner scored on a powerplay 53 seconds into the second period to double the lead for Alvinston. Mark Sobocan’s powerplay goal cut the lead to 2-1 but Rainsberry scored again just 35 seconds later to put the Flyers up by two.

After that, Amherstburg took over and scored four straight goals. Luke Gangnon, Colin Hamilton and Sobocan scored before the second period was out with Blake Rutckyj adding a goal just over eight minutes into the third period.

Karsten Berg got Alvinston back within one but the Admirals would allow no more en route to their tenth victory of the Great Lakes Jr. C season.

“It seems to be the trend in this league – you win six or seven in a row then you lose three or four,” commented Admirals’ GM/coach Greg Prymack.

Prymack said Alvinston had been playing well heading into Sunday night’s game so he was happy to see his team able to knock them off. He said they got a solid team effort for 60 minutes, something they haven’t had for a few games, including the night before. Amherstburg lost 4-1 in Blenheim Saturday night.

“You just keep working hard. If you keep working hard, you make your own breaks,” said Prymack. “That’s what happened tonight.”

Prymack said the Admirals have to do the simple things well including forechecking hard and playing well in their own end.

“It’s all the basics with us,” he said.

Dan Matoski opened the scoring Saturday in Blenheim but the Admirals couldn’t manage another goal in the loss to the Blades.

Amherstburg sits at 10-9-1, good for 21 points. They were in seventh place in the nine-team league after Sunday’s game but they were only three points back of third place Belle River, as the league standings remain tight.

The Admirals are in Belle River Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game before returning home to battle the Dresden Jr. Kings Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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