Bulldogs skate into exam break with 9-1-1 record

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs have clinched first place in the WECSSAA Cullen Conference standings after a pair of victories.

The Bulldogs’ (9-1-1, 19 points) final game before the exam break was a 6-0 win over the Brennan Cardinals last Tuesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Justin Veldhuis had a hat trick for the Bulldogs with his goals coming in each of the three periods.

General Amherst captain Garret Blunt (13) skates away from Brennan defenders during the Bulldogs' 6-0 win Jan. 19 at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst captain Garret Blunt (13) skates away from Brennan defenders during the Bulldogs’ 6-0 win Jan. 19 at the Libro Centre.

Garret Blunt, Isaac Hammond and Jarrod Benninger also scored for the Bulldogs. Josh Paquette earned the shutout in goal.

Head coach Pat Garrett said win was important for the Bulldogs.

“It’s a great win,” said Garrett. “Mathematically, we are going to finish in first place which is important for the first round (of the playoffs).”

The Bulldogs also won 24 hours earlier, beating Tecumseh Vista Academy 4-0 at Tecumseh Arena. Brock Beaudoin scored a pair of goals with Reid Stieler and Zach Yott also scoring. Jack Langlois picked up the shutout in that Jan. 18 game.

Garrett would like to see the Bulldogs ice a full lineup, as they regularly play without three or four regular players. They beat Brennan with only four defenseman. Although they are usually missing players every game, the rest of the team steps up, he noted.

“It doesn’t seem to matter,” said Garrett. “When I throw them over the boards, they are getting the job done.”

General Amherst is also getting balanced scoring, he said.

“It’s a good feeling as a coach.”

Jack Hubbell (12) is closely watched by two Brennan defenders during General Amherst's 6-0 win Jan. 19.

Jack Hubbell (12) is closely watched by two Brennan defenders during General Amherst’s 6-0 win Jan. 19.

Benninger said they knew they had to win Tuesday to clinch first place.

“The boys came out skating and had a good game,” said Benninger. “We just wanted to work on getting the puck in deep and working the cycle down low.”

While Brennan entered Tuesday’s game with only one victory, Benninger said they didn’t expect to win as big as they did. He said the win over Tecumseh Vista Academy wasn’t the prettiest, but they pulled it out.

“A win is a win,” he said.

The Bulldogs do not play again until after the exam break and have only one more regular season game left. That will be Feb. 4 at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle against the Villanova Wildcats.

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