Bulldogs drop games to Essex and Holy Names in one week


By Joel Charron

Inconsistency seems to be this year’s theme with General Amherst boy’s hockey team.

After going on a three game winning streak, the Bulldogs have faltered in their last two games.

Tuesday afternoon the Bulldogs fell 4-3 to the Essex Red Raiders. Just 24 hours later Amherst lost their second in a row, dropping a 4-1 bout to the Holy Name  Knights.

“I’m very disappointed with our effort against Essex,” said head coach Pat Garrett. “I thought we played a very unorganized, very uninterested hockey.”

Garrett said the Bulldogs needs to win at this point in the season and a loss to

Amherst’s Blaine Bechard (white) tries to dance around the Holy Name defense as he enters the Knight’s zone.

previously winless Essex delivered a crucial blow to their playoff position.

“These are two points we should have had,” he said.

Heading into the game against Holy Name, Garrett said he knew it was going to be an uphill battle against the league’s top “AAAA” undefeated team.

Holy Names struck first, going top shelf over Amherst’s goalie Mitch Topliffe’s glove side.

Amherst’s Mike Popel would tie the game at one apiece with four minutes left in the period. Blaine Bechard picked up the assist.

Holy names would take control in the second scoring three unanswered goals, including two goals coming less then 30 seconds apart on the power play midway through the period.

The Bulldogs hung in there but were unable to capitalize on their chances as time exspired.

“I thought we played a pretty good hockey game,” said Garrett.

Garrett said he was “disgusted” from the officiating in the second period.

“Today the refs got involved in the middle of the second period and before that I really thought that we had a chance to maybe steal one here,” he said, referring to Holy Names five on three power play where they scored twice in a matter of seconds.

“Those goals pretty much killed us,” said Amherst forward Drew McInnis. “We were pretty demoralized after that and we fell apart. It’s really frustrating especially when we were playing so well in the first period and most of the second.”

McInnis said the team has been trying to find a solution to the inconsistency by switching the lines around. However McInnis has his own take on the shoddy play.

“We’re taking too many penalties. We have to cut down on our penalties,” he said.

Amherst (4-5-1) finds themselves in a tie with L’Essor for the third seed with two games left on the docket. Those games are against Villanova and Brennan.



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