Admirals to meet Belle River in first round of Jr. C playoffs

 

 

Admirals’ forward Kyler Carter (right) skates away from Blenheim’s Jarrod Oliphant (left) during the Amherstburg’s 6-5 win last Thursday night.

Admirals’ forward Kyler Carter (right) skates away from Blenheim’s Jarrod Oliphant (left) during the Amherstburg’s 6-5 win last Thursday night.

The Amherstburg Admirals are in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League playoffs and have a first-round match-up with the Belle River Canadiens.

The series opened last night in Belle River with the Canadiens picking up a 3-2 overtime victory with Game 2 scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m., also in Belle River. The two teams play in Amherstburg this weekend with Saturday’s game at 3:30 p.m. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. in Amherstburg.

The Admirals (19-18-1-2) concluded the regular season last weekend, with the fortieth and final game being a 4-3 shootout loss in Mooretown Saturday night. The two teams scored twice each in the first period with Mooretown’s Sam McCormack opening the scoring on a powerplay before Amherstburg’s Steven Spada and Tyler Lawrence (the latter also on a powerplay) gave the Admirals a temporary lead before Brett Podgorski tied it for the Flags before the period was out.

There was no further scoring until the third period when Jordan Luciw gave the Admirals the lead early only to see David Addley tied it for the Flags with just under six minutes to play. Kyler Carter scored in the shootout for Amherstburg but Mooretown scored twice to get the win.

The Admirals traded wins with the Blenheim Blades the two games previous. The Admirals won 6-5 last Thursday night in the regular season home finale at the Libro Centre (formerly the UCCU Complex). Chad Copeland scored the game winner in overtime for Amherstburg with six different Admirals scoring that night. Luciw, Dan Matoski, Blake Rutckyj, Brett Beattie and Mark Sobocan all scored for the Admirals, who built a 4-1 lead before Blenheim rallied to tie it.

Kirk McKillop had two in a losing effort for Blenheim.

Amherstburg was on the wrong end of a 6-2 score Friday night back in Blenheim. Josh Laframboise and Luciw had the two Amherstburg goals while Jarrod Oliphant had two in a winning effort for the Blades.

The Admirals’ 41 points leaves them in seventh place and the first-round best-of-seven series with the second place Canadiens, the latter finishing the 2013-14 regular season with 48 points. Amherstburg won the season series with Belle River three games to two, winning the last three times the two teams met.

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