Bulldogs eliminate Essex only to get thumped by Brennan


By Joel Charron

The General Amherst boy’s hockey team got a bit of good and bad news last week.

Good news, they defeated the Essex Red Raider 6-2 to advance in the WECSSAA AA hockey playoff in a one-game elimination Tuesday afternoon.

Bad news, they were thrashed 8-3 in the first game of a three game series against the leagues top team, the Brennan Cardinals Thursday afternoon.

Amherst head coach Pat Garrett was pleased with his team’s performance on Tuesday against Essex, stating the Bulldogs showed what they are capable of doing to a team when they want to play.

Goals by Josh Laframboise, Dean Shepley and Blaine Bechard gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead after the first period.

Amherst’s Dean Shepley slips the puck past the Essex goalie in second period action in a single-game elimination playoff bout.

Essex would score the lone goal in the second frame to cut into the Amherst lead.

However, Sawyer Stoyanovich restored Amherst’s three-goal lead, finding the back of the net on the powerplay. Essex would light the lamp again before   Laframboise and Shepley would add to the Amherst lead in the final period.

“We knew we were the better team going in,” said Laframboise.

Laframboise admits it’s always a gratifying feeling eliminating an intense rival from the playoffs.

“It’s a great feeling. Especially in the fashion we did it,” he said.

The celebration would be short lived as the Bulldogs traveled to the WFCU Center Thursday for game one of the WECSSAA semi-finals against Brennan.

Amherst found themselves in a huge hole early, going down 4-0 in the opening frame.

“You would have thought we were playing the Detroit Red Wings in the first period,” said Garrett. “Brennan came out guns a blazing and we came out scared to death played very poorly on top of that.”

Things got worse in the second period as Brennan extended their led to 5-0 quickly in opening minutes.

Amherst broke the shut out with Adam Robinson putting the Bulldogs on the board.

Robinson knocked in his second of the game and Spencer Petrozzi found the back of the net as the Bulldogs outscored the Cardinals 2-1 in the final frame.

“We played much better in the third period,” said Garrett.

Garrett said despite his squad getting blown out in game one, he believes the Bulldogs can rally to force a third game but it will come down to how bad his players want it.

“We are capable of beating this team,” said Garrett. “Will we? I don’t know the answer to that question for the simple fact that it all goes back to that consistency factor.”

The series shifts to Amherstburg on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the UCCU Complex.

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