Admirals winning streak halted at six games

 

 

Admirals game Nov6By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals advanced their winning streak to six games but were stopped short of making it a lucky seven.

Amherstburg travelled to Wheatley Monday night where they came up short against the Wheatley Sharks 5-0. The Admirals were outshot 41-24 on the night.

A win would have put the Admirals in third place in Great Lakes Jr. C.

The Admirals ran their winning streak to six games Sunday night, overcoming a stream of players that were summoned to the penalty box. Despite Belle River having 14 powerplays to Amherstburg’s three, the Admirals skated away with a 6-5 win at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

The Canadiens opened the scoring 3:47 into the game on a James Shelton goal but Curtis Prymack scored the first of two shorthanded goals for the Admirals at the 11:32 mark. After Branden Larocque put the visitors up 2-1, Dan Matoski and Steven Spada gave the Admirals the lead before the first period was out.

The Admirals chased Belle River starting goalie Scott Tricker after their fourth goal, which came 7:44 into the second period. Tricker bobbled a shot but after sweeping it away from his goal line, Colin Hamilton was allowed to burst in and bury the puck for the Admirals. Hunter Corp cut the lead to 4-3 and Evan Makaric tied it before the second period was out on a powerplay.

Kyler Carter gave Amherstburg a 5-4 lead just 1:24 into the third period but Makaric’s second of the game, also on the powerplay, tied the affair once again. Blake Rutckyj would score the game winner just 18 seconds after Makaric’s goal.

With Amherstburg shorthanded in the final minute and facing a 6-on-4 with Belle River’s net empty, Klinton Kenney preserved the win for Amherstburg with a terrific glove save in the dying seconds.

Admirals’ head coach/GM Greg Prymack said it was a “huge” win for his team.

“We played like (crap) and we still managed to beat a pretty good team,” said Prymack. “I think that speaks volumes. We are at the point where we are finding ways to win. It’s a huge win for us. Six in a row now.”

Prymack said their special teams are going well as they have one of the top ranked powerplays in the Great Lakes Jr. C league while their top ranked penalty killing unit is “phenomenal.” He wasn’t overly concerned with the five goals against, noting the amount of penalties that were called against his team.

“Five-on-five, (Belle River) didn’t have a territorial advantage,” said Prymack.

The Admirals travel to Walpole Island this Saturday for a game against Wallaceburg then return home for a rematch against Wheatley Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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