Penalties swing momentum to Wheatley in 4-2 win over Admirals

 

Amherstburg's James Brooks gets a scoring chance on Wheatley goalie Adam Leboeuf during the second period of Wheatley's 4-2 victory Sept. 28 at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg’s James Brooks gets a scoring chance on Wheatley goalie Adam Leboeuf during the second period of Wheatley’s 4-2 victory Sept. 28 at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg forward Chad Copeland tries to poke home a puck behind Wheatley goalie Adam Leboeuf during first period action Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Linemate Ryan Alexander would score on the rebound but the Admirals lost the game 4-2 to the Sharks.

Amherstburg forward Chad Copeland tries to poke home a puck behind Wheatley goalie Adam Leboeuf during first period action Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Linemate Ryan Alexander would score on the rebound but the Admirals lost the game 4-2 to the Sharks.

By Ron Giofu

 

Things started well for the Amherstburg Admirals Sunday night but a string of second period penalties helped do them in during a 4-2 loss to the Wheatley Sharks.

The Admirals penalty killers kept Wheatley at bay during 13 power play opportunities but the momentum the Sharks received was enough to turn the game in the visitors’ favour.

Amherstburg led 2-0 after one period on goals by Ryan Alexander and Jordan Luciw late in the period but a second period in which the Admirals accumulated almost 40 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct to Dean Patterson swung the tide in Wheatley’s favour. Layne Goulin scored on a four-on-four for Wheatley in the second period with Frankie Ciacelli, Calyn Kir and an empty net goal from Dylan Enns rounding out the scoring in the third period.

Despite Amherstburg’s penalty trouble in the second period, they had the only power play goal of the game as Luciw’s goal was with the man advantage.

“I think we spent about ten minutes straight in the box,” said Admirals assistant coach Matt Fox. “(Wheatley) really built off of that and kept coming at us.”

Fox said the Admirals lost their composure in the second period and said if they work on the little things, many of those penalties could be corrected. He stated they weren’t moving their feet like they should have been doing and if they would have been moving their feet, some of the penalties likely wouldn’t have happened.

“We’ve just got to step up,” said Fox. “When adversity comes, we’ve got to be better.”

Fox credited goalie Arren Romeril for his performance with Romeril making 40 saves.

“It’s unfortunate we couldn’t get two points for him,” said Fox. “He was really battling.”

The Admirals split the four-game homestand with two wins and two losses and Fox said they would like to have picked up more points, noting points could be valuable towards the end of the regular season.

Amherstburg’s record is now 4-3 on the season with their eight points good enough to place them in a three-way tie for third place with Blenheim and Dresden (as of press time). The Admirals and Sharks play again this Saturday in Wheatley starting at 7 p.m. with the Alvinston Flyers coming to the Libro Centre this Sunday night, also at 7 p.m.

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