Bulldogs win back-to-back hockey games over Kingsville

 

General Amherst forward Kyle Meloche (right) evades two Kingsville players during last Tuesday’s game in Amherstburg. The Bulldogs downed Kingsville 5-2 last Tuesday and also won 4-3 in Kingsville the day before.

General Amherst forward Kyle Meloche (right) evades two Kingsville players during last Tuesday’s game in Amherstburg. The Bulldogs downed Kingsville 5-2 last Tuesday and also won 4-3 in Kingsville the day before.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team have entered the exam break with a 9-1 record following two wins over Kingsville last week.

The Bulldogs and Cavaliers played a home-and-home series last Monday and Tuesday with the latter game being in Amherstburg and seeing the Bulldogs win 5-2.

Dean Patterson opened the scoring for the Bulldogs and the home side added three more goals in the second period including Patterson scoring his second. Ryan Holzel and Marshal Laing also scored in the second period while Jake Topliffe added a third period tally.

Monday’s game in Kingsville saw Mitch Holden, Garrett Blunt, Patterson and Garret Meloche put the Bulldogs in front but Kingsville didn’t quit. The Bulldogs pulled out a 4-3 victory.

“It was a bit of a scary game yesterday,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett after Tuesday’s game.

The start was slow in Tuesday’s game but the Bulldogs picked it up and pulled away, something the team’s coaching staff picked up on.

“I liked the second and third periods,” said assistant coach B.J. Wiley. “I wasn’t a big fan of the first period or first half of the second period.”

The Bulldogs have now won three straight and improved to 9-1 on the year. Despite the solid season so far, Garrett was happy to see the exam break hit.

“Obviously, our record speaks for itself,” he stated, “but I think the exam break is coming at a good time for us.”

The Bulldogs don’t have a lot of injuries, Garrett added, but they have played a lot of hockey and the exam break will allow them to “come back fresh.” The goal for the team this year, he continued, is to get out of their region and advance out of WECSSAA.

Garrett credited Kingsville for playing well and forechecking hard. He indicated that he wants his players to not only have fun, but to work hard and get the school’s first WECSSAA title since 2010.

“We need everyone chipping in,” he said.

The final two regular season games for the Bulldogs are both at Tecumseh Arena but versus two different teams. They play L’Essor Feb. 4 and then return there Feb. 10 for a game with St. Anne. Both games start at 3 p.m.

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