Bulldogs fall short against Cardinals


By Joel Charron

The General Amherst boys hockey team’s disappointing season came to a disappointing end last Wednesday afternoon.

After losing Game One of the WECSSAA boy’s hockey semi-finals 8-3 at the hand of the Brennan Cardinals, the Bulldogs put forth a lackluster performance at home, losing 7-0 in Game Two, thus eliminating Amherst from the playoffs.

The Bulldogs took the ice without the presence of their head coach, Pat Garrett, who was serving a one game suspension from an incident in Game One.

“I thought the boys played a pretty decent,” said assistant coach BJ Wiley. “All the bounces and calls went their (Brennan) way but you can sit there and play Monday morning quarterback all you want but it was what it was and it was a 7-0 hockey game.”

Brennan scored two late first period goals, including a shorthanded marker for a 2-0 after the first frame.

In the second period, the Cardinals exploded for three goals in a span of two minutes to

Amherst defenseman Luke Parlette steamrolls a Brennan defender in second period action

give Brennan a commanding 5-0 lead.

Two more Brennan goals in the final frame sealed the Bulldogs fate.

Wiley said during the second intermission he reminded his squad that a five goal deficit can be overcome, as the Amherst team proved in OFSSA four years ago by scoring five goals in the third period to win a game 5-4, however that wasn’t the case this time.

“We couldn’t get our sticks on the puck and get that stretch pass that would have given us some odd man rushes,” explained Wiley.

This is the first time in five years that Amherst will not play in the WECSSAA finals.

“It was bound to happen,” said Wiley.

Amherst defenseman Luke Parlette said a lot of things went wrong that contributed to the Bulldogs being outscored 15-3 in two games.

“Things just didn’t go our way,” said Parlette. “I’m disappointed that we couldn’t go all the way. We had the skill to do it but it ended up being this way.”

Parlette noted that handing out a few big hits numb the pain however stated “it wasn’t enough.”

Wiley added although the season didn’t go the way they had hoped however the coaching staff was proud of the way the Bulldogs battled all season.

“Hopefully we can stick it to them next year,” he said.

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