Bulldogs move into third place after win over L’Essor

 

By Joel Charron

There is nothing better than good old-fashioned revenge.

After dropping their first matchup against L’Essor on Dec. 15, 4-3 the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team returned the favour in the form of a 7-3 pummeling, last Tuesday afternoon at the UCCU Complex.

Ryan Holzel and Sawyer Stoyanovich each recorded a hat trick and Josh Laframboise had a lone goal in the win as the Bulldogs moved their winning streak up to three games.

“This was an opportunity for a little redemption,” said Amherst head coach Pat Garrett. “I was not happy with our pre-Christmas visit with these guys (L’Essor) I think we are a better team and we started playing like it.”

The Bulldogs found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first period.

It only took Holzel 90 seconds in the second period to get the Bulldogs on the board as his shot from the left side trickled past the goal line.

Amherst’s Jack St. Louis uses his stick to try to disrupt the L’Essor player as he comes around the Amherst net.

Holzel added his second just under two minutes later.

L’Essor took the lead again at the 10-minute mark; only to have Holzel complete the hat trick at the midway point of the period.

Stoyanovich added two of his own before the period ended as the Bulldogs held a 5-3 advantage.

After L’Essor popped in their fourth goal of the game to cut into the lead, Laframboise found the back of the net before Stoyanovich knocked in his third for the hat trick.

“We had a little bit of a slow start but a couple bounces went our way that allowed us to get back into it,” said Garrett. “Sometimes you can play a little ugly and get away with it and that’s what we did today.”

Garrett noted the second line of Holzel, Laframboise and Spencer Petrozzi have all really played well since coming back from the Christmas break.

“They are doing exactly what I want them to do,” said Garrett.

Stoyanovich admits even though they lost to L’Essor last month they still took them lightly, which may have contributed to the slow start. However, once Amherst settled down, they were able to play their game.

“We brought it in the second period,” said Stoyanovich. “I don’t think we played an amazing game but we definitely picked up our own end of the game.”

Stoyanovich noted that this was a game the Bulldogs needed to win.

“They (L’Essor) are in our division so this is like a playoff game to us,” he said.

The Bulldogs move to 4-3-1 on the season and currently sit in third place, just two points behind Kingsville and four points behind first place Brennan.

Amherst has four games remaining on the docket with Essex, Villanova, Holy Names and Brennan being their opponent.

 

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