Caleb Paquette

Admirals keep rolling with two road victories

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals’ hot streak continued over the past week with a pair of wins away from home.

The Admirals have now won three straight games and eight of their last nine with their most recent victory being a 7-2 win in Blenheim Sunday night. Josh Talerico scored a goal in each of the three periods to lead Amherstburg’s offensive attack against the Blades with Travis Campbell adding two goals in the game as well.

Caleb Paquette and Dylan Muzzatti also scored Sunday night.

The Admirals built a 2-0 lead after one period and led 4-2 after two periods before pulling away with three goals in the third period.

Ben Larder stopped 30 of 32 shots in the Admirals’ net against Blenheim.

Bryce Broad and Drew Marlatt scored second period powerplay goals for the Blades.

The Admirals’ previous game of the week was last Thursday night, a 4-2 victory in Petrolia. The Flyers had a 1-0 lead on a goal by Kole Keating but Ryan Holzel tied it for the Admirals before the opening 20 minutes had concluded.

After a scoreless second period, Mark McNally gave Petrolia a 2-1 lead early in the third period but Amherstburg took over from there and scored three goals to put the game away. Kyle Meloche, Muzzatti and Paquette scored third period goals for Amherstburg.

Larder also stopped 30 of 32 shots in the Petrolia game.

The Admirals (16-8-2-2, 36 points) play twice at the Libro Centre this weekend against Essex County opponents. The Essex 73’s are in town Saturday night for a 7:30 p.m. game while the Lakeshore Canadiens come to Amherstburg Sunday night for a 7 p.m. game. Those games are the first two games of a four-game homestand for the Admirals.

Admirals pick up three of four points on the weekend

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It wasn’t a perfect weekend for Amherstburg’s Jr. C hockey team, but it was close.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals picked up three of four points over the weekend, with the latter of the two games being a 5-2 victory over the Wheatley Sharks Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Cory Burns gave the Admirals a 1-0 lead in the second period with Travis Campbell and Caleb Paquette extending the lead in the second period.

Amherstburg’s Cory Burns breaks in on Wheatley goalie Dylan Zelko before scoring the game’s first goal Sunday night.

After Dawson Iles got Wheatley on the board early in the third period, Dylan Muzzatti put the game away for the Admirals with a pair of goals. Cole Butler scored late in the game for Wheatley but the game was already in hand for the Admirals by that point.

The third period saw some fireworks with a trio of fights with Dean Patterson, Ryan Alexander and Josh Talerico taking on Wheatley opposition in the fisticuffs department. Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon expected some disciplinary action as a result of the third period fights.

“I thought it was a little of the same from (Nov. 27, a 6-3 Amherstburg win in Wheatley),” said Bortignon. “It got a little carried away tonight. It doesn’t really show on the score sheet, but I thought our guys kept their composure as much as they could.”

Even if they lose players due to suspension, Bortignon said “we’ve always been a next man up team” and they have to move forward this week.

Bortignon said picking up three of four points this past weekend “is big for us” and said all wins are big in the PJHL Stobbs Division. Their forecheck was good Sunday night, he said, and their defense got their shots through and allowed their forwards to do a good job banging home pucks.

Admirals’ defenseman Dean Patterson (right) takes down Wheatley’s Dawson Iles as part of a third period fight Sunday night at the Libro Centre. The Admirals won the hockey game 5-2.

The Admirals were in Mooretown Saturday night and lost 3-2 in overtime. Joe Ferrera scored a powerplay goal in the first period for the Flags but Paquette scored in the second period to tie it. The Flags’ Landon Wilson made it a 2-1 game early in the third but Burns tied it a few minutes later.

Brent Blais won it 30 seconds into overtime for Mooretown.

Cole Welsh and David Cooke each received game misconducts late in the game – Welsh for charging the goaltender and Cooke for abuse of officials – and did not play Sunday.

“We came out slow but we stepped up in the second and third period,” said Bortignon.

Bortignon said Mooretown is a tough place to play but they came close to winning, as it was literally a game of inches. After Amherstburg hit the crossbar early in overtime, Mooretown buried a chance just under the crossbar seconds later.

The Admirals (14-8-2-2, 32 points, third place) are in Petrolia Thursday night and in Blenheim this Sunday. Their next home game is Dec. 16 versus the Essex 73’s at 7:30 p.m. while Lakeshore comes to the Libro Centre the next night at 7 p.m.

Admirals pick up pair of wins over Petrolia

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals have two regular season games left and are eager for the playoffs.

The Admirals have clinched third place in the PJHL’s Stobbs Division with two wins last week over the Petrolia Flyers, the second of the two games being Sunday night at the Libro Centre. The Admirals won 5-2 Sunday night.

Caleb Paquette scored a pair of first period goals to give Amherstburg a 2-0 lead after one period. Jordan Luciw gave the Admirals a 3-0 advantage before Hunter Bryce’s powerplay goal got the Flyers on the board. Paquette restored the three-goal Amherstburg lead before the period was out with a powerplay goal to complete his hat trick.

Admirals forward Kyle Meloche (55) gets a scoring chance during first period action against Petrolia. Diving to try and make the save is Flyers goalie Noah Smith. Amherstburg won 5-2 Sunday night.

Admirals forward Kyle Meloche (55) gets a scoring chance during first period action against Petrolia. Diving to try and make the save is Flyers goalie Noah Smith. Amherstburg won 5-2 Sunday night.

Dylan Muzzatti’s wrist shot found the back of the net to give the Admirals a 5-1 lead in the third period but Bryce scored another powerplay goal to round out the scoring.

“It’s nice to get the two points and all four points this week,” said Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon. “I don’t think the effort is where it needs to be.”

The Admirals will finish third, behind Essex and Lakeshore, and ahead of Blenheim and while they will definitely not overlook their next two opponents – the 73’s and the Canadiens – Bortignon said it’s been a long season as they’ve had to deal with injuries. The team is ready for the playoffs and hope to have a full lineup, he added.

Jordan Luciw (9) unleashes a shot which resulted in a second period goal Sunday night as part of the Admirals’ 5-2 victory.

Jordan Luciw (9) unleashes a shot which resulted in a second period goal Sunday night as part of the Admirals’ 5-2 victory.

A flu bug hit the Admirals last week with several regulars not playing Sunday night, he said.

This week’s games, which saw Amherstburg travel to Essex last night after this issue went to press and a home game this Sunday night versus Lakeshore, will give the Admirals a taste of a playoff atmosphere before the playoffs.

“It’s good preparation for them,” said Bortignon. “Hopefully our guys are ready to go.”

Bortignon also pointed out Paquette had a hat trick in Thursday night’s game in Petrolia, a 7-3 Admirals victory.

Much like Sunday night’s game, Paquette scored the first two goals in that game as he had the only first period goal and the first goal of the second period, the latter being a shorthanded goal.

Blake Hayes and Mark McNally tied the game for the Flyers but Paquette and Aaron Jacobs gave the Admirals a 4-2 lead after two periods.

Amherstburg’s Cory Burns (right) battles for the puck with Petrolia’s Mitchell Meston during Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg’s Cory Burns (right) battles for the puck with Petrolia’s Mitchell Meston during Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre.

McNally’s second of the game cut the Admirals’ lead to 4-3 but Ryan Wismer, Muzzatti and Dean Patterson scored three straight goals to put the game away for Amherstburg. Muzzatti’s goal was on the powerplay while Patterson’s goal was shorthanded.

Matt Badour picked up the win in goal Thursday while Catalin Morin was the winning goaltender in Sunday night’s game.

The Admirals’ record is now 26-12 for 52 points through 38 of the 40-game regular season schedule.

Admirals run winning streak to seven games after pair of wins

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals have now won seven straight games after a pair of road wins in recent days.

The most recent victory for the Admirals (17-8-0, 34 points) was a 6-3 triumph over the Wheatley Sharks Monday night.

Alixe Saliba of the Sharks reaches ahead in an attempt to steal the puck from the Admirals' Austin Jennings (10) during the second period of a Stobbs Division game at Wheatley Area Arena Monday. Jennings had an assist in Amherstburg's 6-3 win, their seventh in a row. (Photo by Bryan Jessop/Wheatley Journal)

Alixe Saliba of the Sharks reaches ahead in an attempt to steal the puck from the Admirals’ Austin Jennings (10) during the second period of a Stobbs Division game at Wheatley Area Arena Monday. Jennings had an assist in Amherstburg’s 6-3 win, their seventh in a row. (Photo by Bryan Jessop/Wheatley Journal)

Amherstburg built a 4-1 lead over the Sharks after the first period. Travis Campbell got it rolling for the Admirals just 32 seconds into the game with Jordan Luciw and Caleb Paquette scoring 23 seconds apart later in the period to put their team up 3-0. After Wheatley made it 3-1 on a goal by Jake Pickersgill, captain Curtis Prymack scored on a powerplay to once again put the Admirals up by three goals.

The two teams would trade goals in each of the final two periods with Wheatley getting a goal from Cole Butler in the second period only to have Cory Burns answer for the Admirals. Campbell got his second of the game in the third period with Alixe Saliba scoring for the Sharks.

The Admirals' Aaron Jacobs (4) and Sharks' Nick Tavolieri-Essex battle along the boards for control of the puck in the third period of a Stobbs Division game at Wheatley Area Arena Monday. Jacobs had an assist in Amherstburg's 6-3 victory. (Photo by Bryan Jessop/Wheatley Journal)

The Admirals’ Aaron Jacobs (4) and Sharks’ Nick Tavolieri-Essex battle along the boards for control of the puck in the third period of a Stobbs Division game at Wheatley Area Arena Monday. Jacobs had an assist in Amherstburg’s 6-3 victory. (Photo by Bryan Jessop/Wheatley Journal)

The Admirals were in Blenheim Sunday night where they recorded their sixth win in a row, downing the Blades 5-2.

Lucas Bersuk scored the only goal of the first period to give Amherstburg a 1-0 lead. Ryan Alexander made it 2-0 almost eight minutes into the second period but Blenheim’s Derek Hueni made it 2-1 just 27 seconds later.

The Admirals would give themselves some breathing room later in the second period thanks to powerplay goals from Luciw and Dylan Muzzatti.

The two teams traded goals with less than four minutes to play. Campbell scored at the 16:31 mark with Nick Delyzer scoring 26 seconds later.

Catalin Morin stopped 24 of 26 Blenheim shots to pick up the victory in goal. He also picked up the win Monday night.

The Admirals are back home this Sunday as they have a 7 p.m. game with the Petrolia Flyers at the Libro Centre.

Admirals pick up wins over Petrolia, Lakeshore and Mooretown

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The town’s Jr. C hockey franchise now has a four-game winning streak after three more wins last week.

Building off of a 3-2 win over Dresden Nov. 13, the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won three more since starting with a 7-3 win in Petrolia last Thursday night. The Admirals were propelled by a five-goal second period to pick up the win.

Caleb Paquette scored a pair for the Admirals with other goal scorers being Lucas Bersuk, Ryan Holzel, Ryan Alexander, Michael Hatch and Austin Jennings.

Amherstburg forward Kasey Basile (22, right) backhands a shot past Mooretown goalie Jake Wilkins during the Admirals’ 6-3 Sunday night.  Basile and Caleb Paquette each scored twice in the second period Sunday.

Amherstburg forward Kasey Basile (22, right) backhands a shot past Mooretown goalie Jake Wilkins during the Admirals’ 6-3 Sunday night. Basile and Caleb Paquette each scored twice in the second period Sunday.

Amherstburg then went into the Atlas Tube Centre Friday night for a match-up against the red hot Lakeshore Canadiens. The Canadiens were riding a nine-game winning streak but, after a scoreless first period, Amherstburg outscored Lakeshore 3-1 in each of the final two periods en route to a 6-2 victory.

Jordan Luciw and Cory Burns each scored a pair for the Admirals with Dean Patterson and Curtis Prymack. Catalin Morin had a strong performance in goal.

The Admirals returned home Sunday night for a game against the Mooretown Flags. After the Flags scored twice in a span of 11 seconds just over eight minutes into the game, the Admirals took over. Hatch converted a cross-ice feed from Paquette late in the first period with Amherstburg tacking on four more goals in the second.

Paquette and Kasey Basile took turns scoring in the middle frame, each netting a pair before the second period was over.

Mooretown made it a two-goal game with about four minutes to play but Dylan Muzzatti scored for the Admirals just 12 seconds later. Garret Blunt had his first multi-point game in Jr. C.

“From a record standpoint, we got six out of six points. You can’t do any better than that,” said Admirals coach Paul Bortignon.

Bortignon noted two of the wins came on the road in back-to-back nights. He said Friday night’s second and third periods in Lakeshore were particularly noteworthy.

Caleb Paquette scores one of his two second period goals Sunday night against the Mooretown Flags. He dekes goalie Jake Wilkins.

Caleb Paquette scores one of his two second period goals Sunday night against the Mooretown Flags. He dekes goalie Jake Wilkins.

Lakeshore and Essex have games in hand on the Admirals, he added, making the recent head-to-head wins that much more important as the teams battle for the top seed in the PJHL’s Stobbs Division.

Bortignon had previously described the Lakeshore game as a “litmus test” for his club, a test they would pass.

“Everyone can beat everyone on a given night. Whether they were due for a loss or not, I think our guys did well in a playoff-type atmosphere,” he said.

The Admirals started the year 4-6 but the 10-2 stretch they are now on have put them in a first place tie with Blenheim with 28 points.

Despite the hot streak, Bortignon said “there’s always room for improvement,” noting the Admirals still have to shore things up in their own end. The players that were on the back-to-back league finalists team the last two seasons know the little things can make the difference, he added.

The Admirals host a comedy night at Shooters Roadhouse Dec. 3 and are also holding a Christmas raffle, with the winning ticket for the latter being drawn at the Dec. 18 home game. Tickets for both are on sale at every home game.

The Admirals’ next game is this Sunday at the Libro Centre versus Lakeshore starting at 7 p.m.