Holzel hat trick leads General Amherst to victory over Holy Names

 

 

General Amherst’s Marshal Laing (left) battles for a puck with Holy Names’ Francesco Aiuto last Thursday. Amherst won 4-1.

General Amherst’s Marshal Laing (left) battles for a puck with Holy Names’ Francesco Aiuto last Thursday. Amherst won 4-1.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team improved to 6-0 last Thursday largely due to the efforts of their captain.

Ryan Holzel scored three goals in the Bulldogs’ 4-1 win over the Holy Names Knights last Thursday afternoon at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. Holzel’s first goal came 10:35 into the first period and that gave Amherst a 1-0 lead after the first 15-minute period.

Holy Names tied the game just 1:40 into the second period but Holzel tapped in a pass from Zak Parlette not quite four minutes later.

Holzel completed his hat trick 41 seconds into the third period, converting a feed from Robbie Lavoie. Lavoie added the fourth General Amherst goal when he split the Holy Names defense and put the puck in the back of the net.

An attempt by Holzel at a fourth goal was waved off by the officials with 1:46 left in the third period when it was ruled he tipped the puck with a high stick. The game was called at that point when the curfew was reached.

Holzel said “it feels good” to help his team get the win, noting it was their first game back since the Christmas break.

“(Holy Names) is a good team,” he said. “We knew we had to come out and work hard and that got us the win.”

Holzel noted many of the players work together – many are on the Amherstburg Stars midget major team – so they already have good chemistry with one another.

“I think we know to keep working hard and good things will happen,” said Holzel.

Amherst coach Pat Garrett was pleased with how his team played and they rounded into form as the game went on.

“It was a good effort,” said Garrett.

Holy Names, which is a AAAA-sized school, is a division above the AA-sized Bulldogs but Garrett said points against out-of-division opponents come in handy when the season ends.

“Our division points are mandatory,” he said.

Garrett praised the work of Holzel, stating he played “an outstanding game.” His linemates also deserved credit, he added.

“It’s not like his linemates were standing around watching,” said Garrett.

The Bulldogs had their sights set on Tuesday’s game against Belle River, played after the print edition of the River Town Times went to press. It was a battle for first place in the A/AA division.

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