Brock Beaudoin

Bulldogs start WECSSAA boys hockey season with win and loss

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team has started the 2017-18 WECSSAA season with a 1-1 record.

The Bulldogs opened the season last Tuesday afternoon on the road with a 4-2 win over L’Essor. The game, played at Tecumseh Arena, saw Brock Beaudoin lead the way for General Amherst with two goals. Josh DiCarlo and Max Clifford each had two goals.

The home opener for the Bulldogs was two days later but it was the Sandwich Sabres who left the Libro Centre Thursday with a 4-3 win. The Bulldogs led 3-1 after two periods on goals from Brandon Salvati, Nate Lenson and Colle Zelle but Sandwich scored three goals in quick succession in the third period for the come-from-behind victory.

Amherst head coach Pat Garrett said the Bulldogs were a bit “flatfooted” in the third period against Sandwich but otherwise was happy with the start of the season.

“I’m excited about the start of the year and the rest of the year for that matter,” Garrett said after Thursday’s game. “I think we’ll be right in the mix. That’s a good group of kids (in the Bulldogs’ dressing room).”

General Amherst’s Isaac Hammond (right) skates past Sandwich’s Connor Fabel last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Sandwich picked up a 4-3 come-from-behind victory.

Garrett said they were missing DiCarlo against the Sabres but didn’t use that as an excuse. He said the loss and how the loss happened can be used in the Bulldogs’ favour going forward.

“It’s something we can learn from and move on,” he said.

The team saw key members of its defense corps from last year graduate while two other players moved on as well. Despite those losses, a number of players have returned and Garrett said “it goes to show you the depth we had.”

General Amherst’s Nick Bozin brings the puck into the Sandwich zone during the third period of the Nov. 30 game at the Libro Centre in Amherstburg.

The Bulldogs have three scoring lines, Garrett added, and six mature defenseman with a Grade 10 blueliner also showing he can play well. Garrett said he never feels nervous about who he puts out over the boards.

“That’s a huge bonus for us,” he said.

The Bulldogs are on the road twice this week. They play Brennan today (Wednesday) at the WFCU Centre before going to the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore to battle the Belle River Nobles. General Amherst’s next home game is Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. versus the Kingsville Cavaliers.

General Amherst High School recognizes top student athletes

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

General Amherst High School has paid tribute to its top athletes from the 2016-17 school year.

The school’s annual athletic banquet was held last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club in Oldcastle with athletes from their individual sports honoured as well as the top athletes overall.

The biggest two awards of the evening were the top female and top male athlete of the year awards. Megan Wismer was named General Amherst’s top female athlete and it was an award she was somewhat surprised to receive.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” she admitted after the banquet.

That said, Wismer was happy to be named this year’s recipient.

“It feels really good to know all of the hard work that I’ve been putting in over the years has been noticed and has paid off,” she stated.

Brock Beaudoin was named the school’s top male athlete.

“I feel pretty good,” said Beaudoin. “I’m kind of surprised I got it.”

Beaudoin said he worked hard and was also pleased to receive his award.

“It’s an honour to be chosen top male athlete,” said Beaudoin. “I feel proud of my accomplishment.”

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

 

OTHER MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:

 

SPIRIT AWARD – Jackie Wismer

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Mitchell Wright

ATHLETE-PLUS AWARD – Ruben Tar

MOST DEDICATED ATHLETE – Shayne Purdy and Nia Holmes

TOP FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Emma Blanchette

TOP MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Cole Zelle

TOP MALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Josh DiCarlo, Lee Sinasac, Brayden LeClerc, Tyler Bratt, Ethan Hamelin

TOP FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Ramie Tytgat, Abbey Gibb, Vanessa Pidutti, Danielle Brindley, Abby Orchard

 

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

INDIVIDUAL SPORT AWARDS

GOLF

Lowest Scoring Average – Marcus Slipchuk

 

CROSS-COUNTRY

Most Dedicated Male – Tyler Tofflemire

Most Dedicated Female – Mya Palumbo

 

TENNIS

Most Valuable Player – Reese Jones

Rookie of the Year – Matteo Palumbo

 

BOYS FOOTBALL

Offensive Player of the Year – Mitchell Wright

Defensive Player of the Year – Spencer Hawkins

Coaches’ Award – Ellis Rosati

Most Valuable Player – Shayne Purdy

 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Ruben Tar

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Gracie Clifford

Most Improved – Nia Holmes

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Darius Wilson

Outstanding Leadership – Nate Lovell

 

BOYS HOCKEY

Rookie of the Year – Jacob Fields

Most Valuable Player – Reid Stieler

 

GIRLS HOCKEY

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Corey Meloche Leadership Award – Emily Hamelin

 

CURLING

Most Dedicated – Aliyah Allard

 

WRESTLING

Most Dedicated – Nathan Charron

Most Improved – Katie McEvoy

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Jackie Wismer, Emma Blanchette

 

GIRLS SLO-PITCH

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Rookie of the Year – Danielle Brindley

 

BADMINTON

Top Male – Colton Renaud

Top Female – Reese Jones

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Coaches’ Award – Emma Blanchette

Most Valuable Player – Vanessa Pidutti

 

BOYS SOCCER

Offensive MVP – Michael Nasello

Defensive MVP – Nathan Salvati

 

BOYS BASEBALL

Most Valuable Player – Mitchell Wright

Rookie of the Year – Trent Kelly

 

TRACK & FIELD

Top Performer – Abbey Gibb

Award of Excellence – Nia Holmes

 

General Amherst principal Hazel Keefner thanked the coaches and teachers who helped guide the athletes through the years, noting there wouldn’t be sports teams without them. Parents were also thanked for driving players to practices and games and supporting their children.

Keefner also thanked the athletes themselves and said while some were recognized, all were winners for taking part in athletics.

“You are smart for figuring out that participating in sports are a wonderful thing, not just for physical well-being but for mental well-being,” said Keefner.

Greg Scott, head of General Amherst’s athletic department, also thanked the coaches, parents and teachers.

“It’s because of these people that you have these sports teams,” Scott told the audience.

General Amherst has two all-stars, one playing in showcase game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team features two WECSSAA all-stars and one of those players is also advancing to play in the Pro Hockey Life Showcase Series.

Brock Beaudoin, a second team WECSSAA all-star, will represent General Amherst in the showcase game tonight at the Libro Centre with the game getting underway at 6 p.m. The game is designed to let high school players get additional exposure to scouts from higher levels of hockey, such as Jr. B or Jr. C.

“I was surprised,” said Beaudoin. “I’m pretty excited about it.”

Pat Garrett, head coach of the Bulldogs hockey team, said it’s a good opportunity for Beaudoin, describing him as “a physical goal scorer.”

“I like to lay the body out there,” said Beaudoin.

Beaudoin hopes to play either Jr. C or midget major hockey next season.

Reid Stieler (left) and Brock Beaudoin of the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team were both WECSSAA all-stars with Stieler being named to the first team and Beaudoing to the second team. Beaudoin will play in the May 10 Pro Hockey Life Showcase Series game at the Libro Centre starting at 6 p.m.

Reid Stieler (left) and Brock Beaudoin of the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team were both WECSSAA all-stars with Stieler being named to the first team and Beaudoing to the second team. Beaudoin will play in the May 10 Pro Hockey Life Showcase Series game at the Libro Centre starting at 6 p.m.

“It’s a huge honour to have Brock selected to the showcase game,” added Garrett. “The fact that it’s at home is a nice touch for Brock.”

Also competing in the showcase game are two Villanova players – Chris Francia and Cole Welsh.

Reid Stieler was also recognized recently as he is a first-team WECSSAA all-star.

“Obviously, I’m honoured about it,” Stieler said of his all-star selection. “It’s a great feeling to be recognized.”

This is the second year in a row that Stieler has been named a first-team WECSSAA all-star. He hopes to join a Jr. C club next year, possibly the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals, or play for the Amherstburg Stars midget major team.

Bulldogs advance to WECSSAA final by sweeping Kingsville

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs have gone to a level that seemed improbable a few weeks ago.

The boys hockey team, who finished the regular season 3-6-3, are back in the WECSSAA AA finals after stunning the Kingsville Cavaliers in two straight games last week.

The second and final game of the series was Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre, a 7-6 General Amherst victory.

Brock Beaudoin led the way with three goals while teammate Max Clifford scored twice. Cole Zelle and Brandon Salvati had the other goals.

General Amherst actually trailed Game 2 4-2 late in the second period but would score two before the period was over and the first three goals of the third period to take a 7-4 lead. Kingsville rallied with two of their own before time ran out on them.

“Thirteen goals in a playoff game is pretty rare,” admitted Amherst head coach Pat Garrett.

Garrett said the players relied upon to score goals did so and was also pleased both goalies got a chance to play in the Kingsville series.

General Amherst’s Max Clifford (2, white jersey) gets a second period scoring chance last Thursday at the Libro Centre. Amherst won 7-6 to clinch the series with the Cavaliers and earn a berth in the WECSSAA AA boys hockey final.

General Amherst’s Max Clifford (2, white jersey) gets a second period scoring chance last Thursday at the Libro Centre. Amherst won 7-6 to clinch the series with the Cavaliers and earn a berth in the WECSSAA AA boys hockey final.

Last year’s WECSSAA champions now get to defend their title in the finals, something that didn’t always seem possible. Garrett said they entered the playoffs as the sixth seed and “to be in the finals is a testament to these guys.

“They got hot at the right time,” he added. “We got healthy at the right time.”

The finals will be tough, Garrett said, but he believes the Bulldogs can get the job done.

Beaudoin also had a hat trick in Game 1, a 6-2 General Amherst win. He said the Bulldogs were able to outplay the Cavaliers and get the puck deep.

Beaudoin added they are playing well now, scoring goals and doing so at the right time.

“At first I thought we weren’t going to go that far,” he admitted.

Also scoring for the Bulldogs in Game 1 were Clifford, Ethan Hamelin and Isaac Hammond.

General Amherst pick up win and loss on the ice last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs may have lost their first game last week but hope the second game gives them the momentum they need as the playoffs approached.

The Bulldogs boys hockey team lost 6-2 to St. Joseph at the WFCU Centre last Tuesday with Jacob Fields and Max Jones tallying for the Bulldogs. However, they quickly rebounded that loss by blasting the Leamington Lions 6-0 Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst’s Stefan Dobrich eludes a Leamington player as he brings the puck up the ice last Thursday afternoon.

General Amherst’s Stefan Dobrich eludes a Leamington player as he brings the puck up the ice last Thursday afternoon.

Brock Beaudoin led the Amherst attack in Thursday’s game with a pair of goals. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Josh DiCarlo, Reid Stieler, Max Clifford and Cole Zelle. Goalie Will Bratt earned the shutout.

Head coach Pat Garrett said Thursday’s was a different story than the previous Thursday’s effort, a 10-0 loss to St. Anne. The Saints are a strong AAA team and getting points off of them is difficult, whereas Leamington is a divisional opponent.

“It was nice to put 45 minutes together,” said Garrett.

Garrett said the team’s veteran players stepped up and scored, adding those players only had three goals in the team’s previous three games.

“It’s an important win. I’m happy,” he said.

Garrett added that Leamington tied Belle River 7-7 earlier in the week so “it feels good to win 6-0.”

“It was a big win, we needed this one,” said Clifford.

Clifford said after Thursday’s game they were blown out in the team’s previous two games but got a better effort from everyone against the Lions.

General Amherst’s Max Clifford (2) puts a goal into the empty net during  second period action last Thursday afternoon. He took the puck from the Leamington goalie, who left his crease to try and play it.

General Amherst’s Max Clifford (2) puts a goal into the empty net during
second period action last Thursday afternoon. He took the puck from the Leamington goalie, who left his crease to try and play it.

“It seems like everyone was in on the game,” he said. “In the other games, we had about three guys rolling and the others were not.”

The win should change the momentum, he added, with DiCarlo agreeing with him.

“I think it was a big win,” DiCarlo concurred. “We needed it.”

DiCarlo said Bratt was “solid in net” and the win is important, as the playoffs get closer. He added he is enjoying his first year of high school hockey, noting while the players are bigger, there is also more time and space.

“I’m liking it,” he added.

The Bulldogs now break for exams and have two road games to close out the regular season. They play the Kingsville Cavaliers in Harrow Feb. 6 and travel to Tecumseh Arena to battle L’Essor Feb. 7. Both games start at 3 p.m.