Admirals winning streak runs to five games after sweeping weekend

 

Admirals1 Admirals2By Ron Giofu

The Amherstburg Admirals were all smiles Sunday night after winning their fifth straight game and third of the weekend.

The Admirals trimmed the Mooretown Flags 2-1 in a shootout at the United Communities Credit Union Complex although they controlled much of the game, outshooting the Flags 48-22 through the five-minute overtime.

James Brooks scored in the first period and Dan Matoski and Kyler Carter tallied in the shootout for Amherstburg. Dan Lumley was the only shooter to beat Amherstburg goalie Klinton Kenney, doing so in the third period to send the game into overtime.

The win improves the Admirals’ record to 7-5 on the Great Lakes Jr. C hockey season.

“Last Friday morning, we were eighth (in the league). Now we’re in fourth,” said Amherstburg head coach/GM Greg Prymack. “That’s huge to go from eighth place to fourth place in three games.”

Prymack points to depth and balance as the reason the Admirals are surging.

“We’ve got three guys with 25 points,” said Prymack.

The Admirals have the top powerplay in the league and Prymack said that too is attributed to a number of different players scoring.

“It’s a team thing,” said Prymack. “We’re getting buy-ins from everybody.”

Prymack added the players are working hard and are now seeing the results of their efforts.

“It’s a huge win for us,” he said after Sunday night’s victory.

Kenney reaffirmed his coach’s statements, adding that things are going well for the Admirals. He said special teams are going well and the defense made his life easier in front of him.

While Brandon Johnson turned aside 47 shots, Kenney was solid as well including making several key saves in the third period. He said sometimes it’s better to be busier as it’s harder to stay sharp when action cools off at his end.

“We’re just trying to keep rolling,” said Kenney. “Our team is doing good.”

The Admirals downed the Blenheim Blades 4-3 Saturday night, also at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. Carter opened the scoring in the first period with a powerplay goal and after Kirk McKillop tied it for Blenheim, Carter popped in his second of the game. Chad Copeland made it 3-1 before Bryce Broad scored for Blenheim. Brett Beattie had a powerplay goal to make it 4-2 heading for the third period.

Zack Horvath scored for Blenheim in the third period but the Blades couldn’t put the tying goal past Chris Wallace.

The Admirals were in Alvinston Friday night and won a high-scoring 7-4 affair. Blake Rutckyj opened the scoring for Amherstburg but the Admirals soon trailed 3-1 after Alvinston got goals from Dan Warner, Sam Vokes and Chad Vaneyk.

Rutckyj and Carter scored before the first period was out to make it a 3-3 game after one.

Amherstburg outscored Alvinston 4-1 the rest of the way thanks to two goals in each of the second and third periods. Zack Brown and Luke Gagnon scored in the second for Amherstburg while Colin Hamilton and Curtis Prymack scored in the third while Karsten Berg had the only reply for Alvinston, also in the third period.

The Admirals host the Belle River Canadiens this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.

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