Bulldogs open 2013-14 WECSSAA hockey season with two wins

 

 

General Amherst captain Ryan Holzel (white jersey) scores a third period goal against Sandwich last Tuesday at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. Amherst beat Sandwich 5-0 after downing Brennan 6-2 the day before at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

General Amherst captain Ryan Holzel (white jersey) scores a third period goal against Sandwich last Tuesday at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. Amherst beat Sandwich 5-0 after downing Brennan 6-2 the day before at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

By Ron Giofu

 

Two games, two wins for the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team.

The Bulldogs opened the season last week with the home opener being last Tuesday in the team’s second game of the season. The Bulldogs blanked the Sandwich Sabres 5-0 in that game at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

Zak Parlette opened the scoring for the Bulldogs at the 12:48 mark of the first period when he stole the puck and broke in alone, making it 1-0. The game stayed that way until the 1:53 mark of the second period when Mitch Holden banged home a rebound from the slot on an Amherst powerplay.

The game remained tight through the first two periods with Bulldogs’ goalie Jack Langlois making some key stops to keep the game at 2-0.

General Amherst opened the game up midway through the third period, scoring three goals in a span of three minutes and ten seconds.

Marshal Laing’s wrist shot from the point found its way through a series of players and into the back of the Sabres’ net to make it 3-0 while team captain Ryan Holzel scored off a rebound at 8:44 to make it 4-0.

Dean Patterson converted a Sean Santarossa feed to round out the scoring at the 10:45 point of the third period.

“It’s a great start for us,” said Bulldogs’ head coach Pat Garrett. “Sandwich has a pretty good team this year. I’m pretty excited about the hockey team this year. It’s a really solid group of kids this year.”

Garrett said the players work hard and want to have fun, qualities that he and assistant coach B.J. Wiley want to instill in this year’s team.

Langlois “stood on his head,” added Garrett, while the line of Holden, Holzel and Parlette proved difficult to contain. Injuries caused Patterson to have to play forward last Tuesday but Garrett said the Bulldogs normally have two solid lines with a third line with a lot of potential.

The Grade 12 players they have are talented, he noted, but the Bulldogs have a solid core of Grade 11 players with Grade 10 players also making strong additions.

“It’s good for us when you start looking at the future we have,” said Garrett.

Hoping for a strong season, Garrett also acknowledged they have yet to see rivals such as Belle River and Essex so they want to see what those teams are like this year.

Garrett added the coaches could have named several players captain or assistant captain and opted for Holzel as the captain.

“It was not an easy choice,” said Garrett.

“It’s a big honour,” said Holzel. “I’ve never been the captain of a team before. I’m going to do my best to lead this team to good things.”

Holzel was optimistic about the season, particularly in light of the first two victories.

“We’ve got a bunch of good players on this team,” he said. “Everyone is working hard. Everyone is doing their jobs.”

The opening game was Nov. 25 against the Brennan Cardinals at the WFCU Centre. Holzel, Holden and Garett Meloche each scored a pair of goals in the win.

The next game for the Bulldogs will be back at the United Communities Credit Union Complex next Tuesday against Villanova before they hit the road next Wednesday to play Leamington.

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