Admirals take Game 1 of best-of-seven quarterfinal series

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Game 1 of the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League quarterfinals was won by the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals in convincing fashion.

The Admirals used a five-goal third period to pull away from the Wheatley Omstead Sharks and win 7-1. The two teams had met in the regular season finale last Sunday night, a game won by Wheatley 4-1, but Wednesday’s game saw the Admirals get back on track.

Amherstburg's Austin Jennings scores a third period goal on Wheatley goalie Eric Morneau. The Admirals won the first game of the best-of-seven playoff series 7-1.

Amherstburg’s Austin Jennings scores a third period goal on Wheatley goalie Eric Morneau. The Admirals won the first game of the best-of-seven playoff series 7-1.

Seven different players scored for Amherstburg with Kasey Basile and Jordan Luciw getting first period goals with Brian Johnson scoring a powerplay goal in the second for Wheatley. The Admirals blew the game open in the third period with goals from Blaine Bechard, Travis Campbell, Austin Jennings, Broden Meloche and Spencer McConville.

McConville missed the net on a second period penalty shot.

Admirals coach Paul Bortignon said it was the first win out of what the Admirals hope will be 12 playoff victories. He said the five-goal outburst in the third period was simply a matter of putting pucks to the net and finishing their scoring chances.

In the second period, penalties “got us out of our groove” but “we did a great job righting the ship” in the third period.

Admirals forward Travis Campbell's shot eludes Wheatley goalie Eric Morneau Feb. 3. Amherstburg and Wheatley are battling in a quarterfinal series in Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey action.

Admirals forward Travis Campbell’s shot eludes Wheatley goalie Eric Morneau Feb. 3. Amherstburg and Wheatley are battling in a quarterfinal series in Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey action.

“We kind of lost our way a bit in the second period,” said Bortignon.

The game got chippy midway through the third period and Bortignon said they have to find a way to stay out of that sort of play. He said it is nice to get a win but they can’t get drawn in by opponents who try and seize momentum through physical play late in games such as Wednesday night’s.

“I think our forecheckers did a great job getting in on their defense and causing turnovers,” Bortignon added.

Game 2 of the series is Monday night in Wheatley at 7:30 p.m. Game 3 is scheduled to be in Amherstburg Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

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