Bulldogs open hockey season with loss to Brennan

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Bulldogs boy’s hockey team opened their season against the same team that ended their season last year.

And it ended with the same result.

The Brennan Cardinals handed the Bulldogs their first loss, dropping the bout 5-2 at the WFCU Centre Thursday afternoon.

“Can’t tell you the last time I lost a season opener,” said Bulldogs head coach Pat Garrett.

Having only picked the team a week prior to the season opener and not having a single practice, Garrett said he was using the game to “see what he had in the cupboard.”


Mike Popel crushes a Brennan player against the boards in the second period. Brennan got the last laugh pulling out a 5-2 win.

“I’m happy that we started against the team that we met in the championship last year. It’s a good barometer for what we have to work on,” said Garrett.

Although he was happy with the way the Bulldogs play, Garrett said there is a lot the Bulldogs need to work on.

Brennan scored first in the opening period, however the Bulldogs’ Zak Parlette answered on the power play with 2:22 left in the period to tie the game at one apiece.

Brennan retook the lead in the opening minutes of the second, only see the game tied back at two when Ryan Holzel undressed the Cardinals defense and put the puck top shelf just 23 seconds later.

The Cardinals took advantage of some fortunate bounces and found the back of the net twice more before the end of the second.

Brennan added one more in the third.

Drew McGinnis, Sawyer Stoyanovich, Josh Laframbois and Luc Parlette all picked up a point in the loss.

“The things that I saw that I didn’t like wasn’t because of a lack of talent, it was just these guys haven’t been together as a team. They need to gel together,” said Garrett.

Garrett noted that he felt the Bulldogs held the edge in puck possession and scoring chances, however Amherst didn’t finish the chance they got.

“It’s nice to put some shots up, but hitting them in the goalie’s chest not crashing the net very well didn’t get the job done, but I’m optimistic,” he said.

Veteran defenseman Tyler Morand agreed with his coach’s assessment of the game.

“We need to clear the front of the net better so Topper (Mitch Topliffe) can see the puck a little better,” said Morand. “Defensively I didn’t think we were that bad. We controlled the puck in their zone rather well.”

Morand said the majority of the team has played with each other at some point in time, however there are a few players that haven’t played together. He admits it will take some time to mesh but that will come in time.

“Once we get used to each other, I think we will have a pretty good chance to contend to a championship,” he said.



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