Bulldogs pick up important 3-2 victory over L’Essor

 

Owen Coughlin (right) is pokechecked  during  last Thursday afternoon’s General Amherst hockey game at the Libro Centre. Amherst beat L’Essor 3-2.

Owen Coughlin (right) is pokechecked during last Thursday afternoon’s General Amherst hockey game at the Libro Centre. Amherst beat L’Essor 3-2.

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team improved to 4-1 on the season and pulled into a tie for first place in their division thanks to a big win Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs downed L’Essor 3-2 at the Libro Centre, with the home team getting goals in each of the three periods. Zach Yott scored 12:50 into the first period while Brock Beaudoin made it 2-0 at the 3:54 mark of the second period.

After L’Essor’s Steve Holland made it 2-1 with a powerplay goal 3:21 into the third period, Justin Veldhuis fired home a wrist shot nine minutes later to make it a 3-1 affair. L’Essor got a goal from Mitchell Daudlin late in the game to close the gap to within one but it wasn’t enough for the visitors.

“I’m very happy with that game,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett.

Garrett said they talked about that game and the importance of it and believed the Bulldogs stepped up and played well.

“It’s something we want to take into the Christmas break,” said Garrett.

The game was mainly a positive one for the Bulldogs, who played well aside from a couple of breakdowns in the third period. Garrett said he and assistant coach Joe Shaw believed the first two periods were two of the best they’ve played back-to-back this season.

Garrett noted all the players are doing well, and noted Veldhuis is “scoring goals at will right now” with Gr. 9 defenseman Stefan Dobrich playing “phenomenal” hockey as well.

“I feel good about our team,” he said, adding all three lines got on the score sheet against L’Essor.

Captain Garrett Blunt noted the Bulldogs are still undefeated on home ice and were “pretty happy” with how they played against L’Essor. He said they had a lot of energy and stayed focused on what they had to do.

“We all knew if we won, we’d be tied for first,” said Blunt.

The Bulldogs play two home games the week after the Christmas break, as they host Massey Jan. 5 and St. Joseph Jan. 7. Both games start at 3 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

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