Muzzatti helps lead Admirals to Game 2 victory

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League final is even at one game apiece after the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals picked up a 3-1 win over the Essex 73’s Thursday night.

Dylan Muzzatti scored a pair of third period goals to put his team on top with Luke Gangnon having tied the game at one with a second period goal. Essex forward Max Viselli had put his team in front 1-0 with a goal scored with 45.7 seconds left in the first period.

Amherstburg's Dylan Muzzatti (15) crashes the Essex net to score the first of his two third period goals on Essex goalie Trevor Wheaton March 10. Amherstburg won the game 3-1.

Amherstburg’s Dylan Muzzatti (15) crashes the Essex net to score the first of his two third period goals on Essex goalie Trevor Wheaton March 10. Amherstburg won the game 3-1.

The Admirals had lost the first game 5-2 Tuesday night in Essex.

“I think we did a good job Tuesday night,” said Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon. “Unfortunately the bounces weren’t there for us.”

Bortignon said after Thursday’s game “we did a heck of a job tonight” and battled well against a team that the Admirals were said to have no chance against. Bortignon said the Admirals heard talk the 73’s would sweep through the playoffs with the Admirals not having much of an opportunity to change that, something that annoyed the Amherstburg team.

“We are confident we can get the job done,” said Bortignon. “We showed that tonight.”

The Admirals have to refocus and get the job done Saturday night in Essex during Game 3 and Bortignon is confident in his team they can get the job done if they work hard for 60 minutes.

Defenseman Dean Patterson said Game 2 was a fast paced game and said they got key saves from goalie Connor Meyerink.

“It was an all-around great game,” said Patterson.

Patterson added the Admirals have to “steal one on the road” and keep putting pucks at the net and shooting on Essex goalie Trevor Wheaton.

“If he’s in our league, we can beat him,” said Patterson.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals celebrate one of Dylan Muzzatti's third period goals Thursday, March 10. Amherstburg won Game 2 of the best-of-seven series 3-1 to even the series at one win each.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals celebrate one of Dylan Muzzatti’s third period goals Thursday, March 10. Amherstburg won Game 2 of the best-of-seven series 3-1 to even the series at one win each.

Muzzatti said it felt good to tie the series and gave credit to his teammates for his two third period goals. He said he crashed the net on his first goal and believes that is a key to beating Wheaton.

“If we keep crashing the net, he can’t handle our pressure,” said Muzzatti.

The second goal came as a result of Gangnon forcing a turnover at the Essex blue line and Muzzatti said he got a nice feed before scoring the goal.

“It was a full 60-minute effort,” added Muzzatti, who also credited Meyerink for his 34-save performance.

The win gives Amherstburg a “ton of momentum,” Muzzatti added.

“We feel the series is in our hands,” he said. “We feel if we put in a full 60 minute game, they can’t handle it and it showed tonight.”

Saturday night’s third game in Essex starts at 7 p.m. and Game 4 Sunday night at the Libro Centre also starts at 7 p.m. Game 5 is next Tuesday in Essex, also at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 6 will be at the Libro Centre March 18 at 7:30 p.m. with Game 7 being in Essex March 20 at 2:30 p.m.

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