Admirals take two out of three on busy weekend

 

Cody Leeming of Amherstburg fights off a check of Wheatley’s Thomas Virban during Sunday night’s game. The Admirals downed Wheatley 4-3.

Cody Leeming of Amherstburg fights off a check of Wheatley’s Thomas Virban during Sunday night’s game. The Admirals downed Wheatley 4-3.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals took two of three games over this past weekend, including a 4-3 win over a strong Wheatley Sharks team.

Amherstburg never trailed against Wheatley in Sunday night’s game, with the Sharks never trailing by more than one goal throughout.

Mark Sobocan scored the lone goal of the first period, giving the Admirals a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Austin Thompson scored 3:37 into the second but a Chad Copeland powerplay goal gave the home team a lead at the 5:49 mark.

Just seven seconds after Copeland scored, Ryan Zsebok tied it for Wheatley with the two teams trading goals once again before the period was out on goals by Amherstburg’s Brett Beattie and Wheatley’s Scott Florence.

Blake Rutckyj scored the winner 8:04 into the third period when he one-timed home a pass from the slot and the Admirals held on for the win with goalie Arren Romeril making several key saves down the stretch.

Rutckyj said he has been working on his one-timer and the result paid off versus Wheatley. He said the game featured playoff-like intensity, something that was important to experience particularly for the younger players. He said the team “bag skates” after every practice to help give them their legs for the playoffs.

“It paid off,” said Rutckyj.

Tyler Lawrence said the Admirals had been struggling lately but they tried to play it simple against the Sharks and it paid off.

“It was an all around good game,” he said.

Head coach/GM Greg Prymack said his team came ready to play against Wheatley.

“We come motivated when we play upper echelon teams,” he sad.

Prymack said Romeril played well and some line changes seemed to do the trick for the Admirals.

“We’ll take two of three,” he said of the weekend. The Admirals downed Wallaceburg at home 4-1 last Thursday but lost Friday night in Dresden 4-2. The Dresden game saw the Admirals arrive an hour late due to weather causing them to miss part of their warm-up. The team didn’t return to town until roughly 5 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday night’s game versus Blenheim was postponed due to weather and travel conditions so a make-up game will likely have to be played in Amherstburg this week. The only two regularly scheduled games for the Admirals are in Blenheim Friday and Mooretown Saturday, both on the road. The three remaining games will conclude the regular season.

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