Bulldogs lose first game of the season at the hands of Belle River


Bulldogs hockey2By Ron Giofu


The Belle River Nobles came to Amherstburg last Tuesday and handed the General Amherst Bulldogs their first loss of the WECSSAA hockey regular season.

The Nobles downed the Bulldogs 4-1 with the visitors setting the tone early when Justin Pinsonneault took advantage of a General Amherst turnover and put the puck past goalie Josh Paquette just 1:36 into the game. The Nobles expanded their advantage to 2-0 at the 13:04 mark of the period thanks to a Brady Hillock goal on a five-on-three powerplay.

Colin MacDonald gave Belle River a 3-0 lead just ten seconds into the second period. There was no additional scoring until the third period when Kyle Meloche got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard at the 9:52 mark but Belle River’s Tyler Jobin scored with 49 seconds left in the game to round out the scoring.

“The bounces didn’t go our way,” explained Meloche. “We weren’t as hard on the puck as we should have been. We had opportunities but didn’t bury them.”

In addition to being harder on the puck and finishing chances more, Meloche said puck movement is something they have to do better as well. Despite scoring the lone goal for the Bulldogs, he said that was of little consolation to him.

“If you lose, you lose,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter who scores.”

Bulldogs’ head coach Pat Garrett said he knew the team wouldn’t have a perfect 12-0 season so he wanted to find positives with his team’s effort and move forward. The team knew the Nobles would be a tough opponent, he noted.

“They are a good hockey club. We knew that,” said Garrett. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game.”

Garrett believed they left some opportunities on the ice and said the Bulldogs look forward to seeing them in the playoffs, should the two teams meet.

“I thought they worked harder than us in the first two periods,” he said. Garrett wanted to win the third period and believes the team did play better in the final 15-minute period.

The Nobles also moved the puck in the neutral zone better, he believed, and forechecked the Bulldogs breakout hard.

“It gives us something to work on,” said Garrett.

The Bulldogs got back on the winning track Thursday with an 8-1 victory over the Leamington Lions. Ryan Holzel and Zac Parlette each had a hat trick while Garret Meloche and Robert Lavoie added singles.

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