Lakeshore downs Amherstburg 7-3 in Jr. C season opener

 

Amherstburg’s Mark Gangnon (right) pursues the puck while being defended by Lakeshore’s Bryce O’Brien Sunday night. Lakeshore won the game 7-3, a game that was the season opener for both Great Lakes Jr. C hockey teams.

Amherstburg’s Mark Gangnon (right) pursues the puck while being defended by Lakeshore’s Bryce O’Brien Sunday night. Lakeshore won the game 7-3, a game that was the season opener for both Great Lakes Jr. C hockey teams.

Jordan Luciw (left) is stopped by Lakeshore goalie John Jefferies during third period action Sept. 7 at the Libro Centre.

Jordan Luciw (left) is stopped by Lakeshore goalie John Jefferies during third period action Sept. 7 at the Libro Centre.

By Ron Giofu

The Amherstburg Admirals opened the season Sunday night at the Libro Centre and played well for the first half of the first period.

However, the Lakeshore Canadiens turned the tables on the Admirals over the last 50 minutes and won the game 7-3.

Jordan Luciw scored Amherstburg’s first goal of the season by tipping home a shot on the power play to give the home team a 1-0 lead 6:49 into the game but Nick Tavolieri tied the game for the Canadiens with Logan Percy’s power play goal giving the Canadiens a 2-1 lead after one period.

A high scoring second period saw Lakeshore score four times with the Admirals posting two goals of their own. Sebastian Kanally’s first of two goals gave the Canadiens a 3-1 lead but James Brooks brought the Admirals back to within one with his first of the season moment later. Zack Bedard gave Lakeshore a 4-2 lead but Kasey Basile responded less than five minutes later to again bring Amherstburg to within one.

The Canadiens scored twice more before the second period was out. Steven Sartor scored just over two minutes after Basile with Kanally adding his second of the game with under 30 seconds to play in the period.

Liam MacDougall rounded out the scoring by putting home Lakeshore’s seventh goal of the game midway through the third period.

Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon was clearly not enthused by his team’s performance.

“For the first ten minutes of the game, we were as good as we could be,” said Bortignon, noting the Admirals had ten of the first 13 shots. “The switch went off and we were thoroughly dominated for the last 50 minutes of that game.”

Bortignon said the team’s role players, including the line of Ryan Alexander, Chad Copeland and Basile, were their best but called for improved performances from the team’s star players.

“In this league, your best players have to be your best players,” he said.

If the Admirals play the way they started the game, Bortignon believes the team will be fine but said they can’t revert to the way they were during most of the contest where they were sloppy in the defensive and neutral zones while not shooting the puck enough on offense.

Lakeshore outshot Amherstburg 39-26 on the night.

The Admirals were aiming to ruin Essex’s home opener, played last night after this issue went to press, and will be in Wallaceburg tonight. They return to the Libro Centre Sunday night for a 7 p.m. faceoff against Dresden.

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