Admirals split weekend home games with Blenheim and Mooretown

 

 

Admirals forward James Brooks (15) scores a first period goal during Sept. 21 action at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg downed Mooretown 4-3.

Admirals forward James Brooks (15) scores a first period goal during Sept. 21 action at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg downed Mooretown 4-3.

Jordan Luciw of Amherstburg breaks in on Mooretown goalie Brandon Johnson during the second period of the Admirals’ 4-3 victory last Sunday night at the Libro Centre.

Jordan Luciw of Amherstburg breaks in on Mooretown goalie Brandon Johnson during the second period of the Admirals’ 4-3 victory last Sunday night at the Libro Centre.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals played well for most of their two weekend home games but had to settle for a split of the pair.

Two quick, early goals for Blenheim helped put Amherstburg in a hole early and a third goal later in the opening period was too much for the Admirals to come back from in a 3-2 Blenheim victory Saturday night.

Zack Horvath and Derek Muzzatti scored 28 seconds apart in the game’s third minute with Dylan Muzzatti scoring at the 16:17 mark of the opening period to put Blenheim up 3-0. Dan Matoski scored for the Admirals before the period was out and Mark Sobocan’s second period goal brought the home team within one.

The Admirals could not get the equalizer, though, despite outshooting Blenheim 21-2 in the second period and 14-5 in the third period. Former Admiral Klinton Kenney stopped 43 of 45 shots in the Blades’ win.

Amherstburg improved to 4-2 on the season the next night, with a 4-3 win over the Mooretown Flags. The game wasn’t close through two periods, with the Admirals building a 4-0 lead while outshooting the visitors 30-11, but Amherstburg had to hang on for the victory as Mooretown scored three times in the third period while outshooting Amherstburg 15-11 in the final 20 minutes.

James Brooks and Brett Beattie scored first period goals for the Admirals while Mark Gangnon and Cody Leeming tallied in the second period.

“I think we kind of let our foot off their throats a little bit,” Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon said following Sunday night’s game.

Bortignon said the Admirals didn’t have enough “killer instinct” and believed they would have to develop it as the season progresses.

The Admirals play through the first two periods of Sunday night’s game was similar to their effort in the final two periods Saturday night against Blenheim, he added.

“Everything clicked. We were getting pucks in deep and not doing too much with it,” he said.

Bortignon said getting the Admirals to play well throughout the whole game is what the coaches are concentrating on.

“Getting a full 60 minutes is the issue at this point,” said Bortignon.

The Admirals split the weekend games despite having eight regulars out of the lineup due to injuries. That necessitated having some midget major players called up. While some players are expected back for this Sunday night’s game against the Wheatley Sharks, Bortignon said Sunday the injury situation is still up in the air as some players are still a couple of weeks away from returning.

This Sunday’s game versus Wheatley begins at 7 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

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