Amherst elminates Harrow in three games

By Joel Charron

If the General Amherst boy’s hockey team was looking to make a statement with their 8-2 game three eliminating win over Harrow, Thursday afternoon, then the league should take notice.

After dropping game one 4-2 a week prior the Bulldogs took game two in Harrow 6-5 before ending the Hawks hopes for a playoff upset in a dominating fashion.

Frank Rosati, Zoran Popel and Sawyer Stoyanovich gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead before the halfway point of the first period.

Sawyer Stoynaovich blasts the puck past the Harrow goaltender on a breakaway in the first period.

Amherst would add to their lead in the second when Mike Popel and Cameron Scott banged in Amherst’s fourth and fifth goals respectively before Harrow answered back with a pair of quick second period goals.

Popel would restore a four-goal lead after smacking in a rebound goal, while left alone in front of the net on an Amherst power play.

In the third Popel would complete the hat trick after taking a pass from his brother and line mate Mike Popel.

Rosati would round the scoring at 8-2, scoring his second goal of the game with five minutes left to play.

This was Popel’s second hat trick of the series and eight goals in total versus the Hawks.

“This was a way better effort than a week ago,” said head coach Pat Garrett.

Garrett said the turnout in game three was much like the way they played in game two, minus the third period letdown, which saw Harrow bring the game within one goal.

After game one, the coaching staff made an adjustment, moving Rosati from defense to the first line with the Popel brothers. The move paid off as the self dubbed “Sedin Line” combined for 22 points in two games.

“He (Rosati) sees the ice very well and we need someone that can feed the puck to Zoran and someone who can finish when Zoran doesn’t have it,” said Garrett.

Stoyanovich said games two and three were must win situations and the Bulldogs kept their focus where it should be…winning.

“We just wanted to win. It was a do-or-die game,” said Stoyanovich. “I think we played pretty good, we kept the defense strong and kept the puck out of our end.”

Logan Dean called the victory a “great team effort.”

He added that game one was a “good wake up” for the Bulldogs and helped realign the team’s focus.

“We’re coming strong and everyone should know it,” said Dean.

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