Amherst battles first place Brennan to 2-2 tie

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst boys’ hockey team need a win but is more than happy with a tie.

Last Tuesday afternoon the Bulldogs picked up a single point after a 2-2 tie against the first place Brennan Cardinals at the UCCU Complex.

The tie snaps their three game losing streak and more importantly gives Amherst some much needed confidence as they now look towards the playoffs.

“I’m very happy with the result,” said head coach Pat Garrett.

Garrett said he told his squad before the game that this bout was a “must win.”

“Right now, a tie is just as good as a win,” he said.

The game remained tied for most of the first period before Brennan’s Dan Bachynsky

Amherst goalie Mitch Topliffe uses his blocker to turn away a shot on a breakaway while getting hacked on the shoulder.

slipped one past Amherst goalie Mitch Topliffe at the two-minute mark of the first period.

Amherst answered in the second with a timely goal from Sawyer Stoyanovich. Matt Rosati and Dean Shepley were credited with the assist.

Five minutes later Zack Ross knocked in the biscuit as Brennan led 2-1 after two periods of play.

In the third Amherst kept the pressure on the Cardinals and eventually found an equalizer when Jack St. Louis found an open Stoyanovich, who deposited the puck in the net for his second goal of the game.

The game was called due to curfew with three minutes left to play.

“We wanted the win because we kind of needed it but this feel like a win to us,” said Stoyanovich.

Stoynaovich admits that the Bulldogs inconsistency is mind-boggling.

“We will lose to the last place team and then we’ll come back and almost beat the first place team,” he said. “We have to learn to bring it every game, like how we did today.”

Stoynaovich said he’s not to sure why Amherst has difficulty putting forward a solid effort but noted that the problem could be the lack of practice and chemistry amongst teammates.

Topliffe said the defense did a good job keeping the front of the net clear and blocking shots.

He also added that this type of game gives Amherst the confidence they may need to go on a long playoff run.

“It’s a momentum builder,” he said. “Theoretically we can beat any team in the league.”

Amherst finished the regular season 4-6-2 and will face Essex in a one game playoff. The winner will face Brennan in a three game series.

“I feel way better about our chances in the playoffs after watching this game,” said Garrett.

 

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