Bulldogs rally to win in Essex, settle for tie against Sandwich

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team’s unbeaten streak sits at eight games after a tie and a win last week.

The win came in the game in Essex last Wednesday afternoon and it was a dramatic win for the Bulldogs. General Amherst trailed 2-0 after the second period but rallied with a four-goal outburst in the third period, three coming off the stick of Justin Veldhuis. Zach Yott scored the other Amherst goal.

Yott said they kept moving their feet and were finally able to finish in the third period. They had a lot of shots in the first two periods as well, but Yott noted they finally started going in during the third period.

General Amherst’s Zach Yott (9) tucks the puck into the Essex net during action last Wednesday  afternoon. General Amherst trailed the Red Raiders 2-0  heading into the third period but the Bulldogs rallied in the third period for  a 4-2 victory.

General Amherst’s Zach Yott (9) tucks the puck into the Essex net during action Jan. 13. General Amherst trailed the Red Raiders 2-0 heading into the third period but the Bulldogs rallied in the third period fora 4-2 victory.

Veldhuis said they earned “pretty valuable points heading into the playoffs” and the team plans on keep on doing what they are doing “and hope it works out from there.”

The team is coming together well, Veldhuis added, and they are working together.

The Bulldogs were at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle last Tuesday and came away with a 3-3 tie. Yott scored twice for General Amherst while Brock Beaudoin added the other.

Amherst head coach Pat Garrett was pleased with his team’s results last week.

“I’m very happy with that,” he said.

In the Sandwich game, Garrett said they were also down 2-0, battled back to tie the game, fell behind again 3-2 before tying it once again.

“They were down and fought their way back,” said Garrett.

While the point against Sandwich was nice because it was against a AAA team from the other division, the two points picked up against Essex was big because it put Amherst in sole possession of first place. He said it was the type of game they can look back on if they get down in another game.

The Bulldogs’ depth was challenged in Essex, as the team was without Jake Topliffe, Jack Langlois, Stefan Dobrich and Jack Hubbell. Garrett added they played with only four defenseman the entire game.

“They got the job done. That’s fantastic,” he said. “This is a good group of kids. They are a great group to coach.”

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