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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 4-1 victories over past week



By Ron Giofu


The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won twice last week, each by a score of 4-1.

The most recent of the 4-1 wins was Sunday night at the Libro Centre, when the Admirals knocked off the Petrolia Flyers. Ben Larder made 37 saves in the win with Ryan Alexander, Cory Burns, Luc Warnock and Josh Talerico finding the back of the net for Amherstburg.

Amherstburg’s Ryan Holzel (14, left) gets a scoring chance on Petrolia Flyers’ goalie Riley Collins during the third period of Sunday night’s game. The Admirals downed Petrolia 4-1.

Amherstburg snapped Petrolia’s seven-game winning streak by defeating the Flyers Sunday night.

The other game of the week was last Wednesday night in Wallaceburg. Burns, Dylan Muzzatti and Warnock put Amherstburg up 3-0 after one period with Talerico adding a third period goal in that 4-1 win. Larder made 30 saves against the Lakers.

“We looked at these as must-win games,” Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. “It was definitely a big week for us and four big points for us.”

Bortignon said the win in Wallaceburg “went as planned” as the Admirals built an early lead and was pleased with Sunday night’s effort against Petrolia as well, noting they snapped the Flyers winning streak.

“I thought we did a good job in the first two periods and getting on (Petrolia’s) D (defense),” said Bortignon.

Bortignon said their intensity seemed to reduce after they built a 4-0 lead but still got a big win.

“In this league, any time you win a game is a big win,” he said.

Cory Burns (9, left) and Ryan Alexander (16, right) celebrate Burns’ second period goal Sunday night.

The Admirals started off the second half of their schedule well, Bortignon added, and will look to continue that Thursday night in Blenheim. The Blades have struggled somewhat this season but picked up a big win on home ice Sunday night against the Lakeshore Canadiens and Bortignon said Amherstburg will have to play hard for 60 minutes Thursday night.

The Admirals (10-8-2-1, 23 points) will host Wallaceburg Sunday night and will travel to Wheatley next Monday night.

In a related note, Ken Manley won an iPad courtesy of a Score-O game sponsored by Storey & Denomme Family Dentistry in the second intermission. Jay Proctor took the shot on Manley’s behalf. It was the third iPad given away this season.

Admirals go 1-1-1 over the past week



By Ron Giofu


The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won one, lost one and tied another game over the past week.

The Admirals’ week concluded Sunday night at the Libro Centre where the local Jr. C team tied the Dresden Jr. Kings 2-2. The teams were even at one after one period as Josh Talerico (Amherstburg) and Will Tetzlaff (Dresden) traded goals.

Amherstburg forward Cory Burns (blue jersey) scores on Dresden goalie Brendan Johnston 35 seconds into the second period.

The teams also traded goals in the second period as Cory Burns scored for Amherstburg while Derek Shaw tallied for Dresden. The teams were scoreless in the third period and the three-on-three seven-minute overtime period.

“I thought we were OK,” said Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. “We still didn’t get that 60-minute effort.”

Bortignon noted the Admirals didn’t score on the powerplay despite having seven opportunities, including a full five-on-three man advantage in the second period. They also went 0-for-6 Friday night in Dresden, a far cry from the powerplay that went 6-for-8 in an 8-2 win in Petrolia last Thursday.

Amherstburg got goals from eight different players in Petrolia, with goal scorers being Jack Hubbell, Bryce McGregor, Carter Comeau, Ryan Alexander, Burns, Luc Warnock, Kadin Ritchie and Kyle Meloche.

The Petrolia game was the first since a hard skating practice after Bortignon said they were outworked in a loss in Wheatley that was reported in the Oct. 11 issue.

Amherstburg’s David Cooke (22, left) battles for the puck with Dresden’s Dayne Davis during the third period Oct. 15.

The first of two games last week against Dresden was on the road and ended in a 5-2 loss. Ryan Holzel and Burns scored 38 seconds apart for the Admirals in the third period. Bortignon said they had a good first period that night and noted all of the goals Dresden has scored against them this season have been from about six-feet from the net.

Bortignon said they have not had the practice time they’ve wanted and have been battling injuries as about six players are out including some lost to injury Sunday night.

“It’s frustrating but you’ve got to move forward with the cards you are dealt,” said Bortignon.

The Admirals (3-5-2-1, nine points) have a full week off as they don’t play again until this Sunday night at home against Essex so that will give them some of the practice time they need. Bortignon did credit goalie Ben Larder for playing well, noting Larder has been “a big time bright spot for us.”


Admirals lose two games on home ice over the weekend


By Ron Giofu


The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals lost a pair of PJHL Stobbs Division games on the weekend, both on home ice.

The Admirals welcomed the Mooretown Flags to the Libro Centre Sunday night and lost 3-2. Bryce McGregor opened the scoring for the Admirals three minutes into the game but Brett Farr scored a powerplay goal just before the ten minute mark and the game was even after 20 minutes.

In the second period, Cory Burns scored a powerplay goal just over two minutes in to put Amherstburg up 2-1 but Josh Vale tallied late in the period to tie it for Mooretown. Nolan Farr scored just 16 seconds into the third period and that proved to be the winner.

Amherstburg’s Travis Campbell (19) drives around Blenheim’s Carter Wright
during Saturday night’s game at the Libro Centre.

Ben Larder stopped 35 of 38 Mooretown shots while the Admirals put 37 shots at the Mooretown goal.

The first of the back-to-back home games didn’t go the Admirals’ way either, as they dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the Blenheim Blades Saturday night. The Admirals outshot the Blades 38-29 on the night but Blenheim went three-for-five on the powerplay, as opposed to Amherstburg going one-for-seven with the man advantage.

Dede Cato and Burns had hat tricks for their respective clubs, with Cato’s third of the night coming just 19 seconds into overtime.

The teams were tied at three after one period, with Burns scoring twice and Kadin Ritchie adding the other for Amherstburg. Ethan Paxton, Cato and Nick Delyzer scored for the Blades in a period that went back-and-forth.

Blenheim scored the only two goals of the second period with Colton Shoemaker and Cato giving the visitors a 5-3 lead heading for the third. The Admirals fought back with Burns and Austin Jennings scoring just 1:23 apart to tie the game.

“Well, they shot the puck last,” Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon remarked after Saturday night’s game.

Bortignon said they didn’t play a full 60 minutes Saturday but was happy with the way they bounced back in the third period.

Amherstburg’s Ryan Holzel (14) evades a collision with Blenheim goalie Eric Stewardson during Saturday night’s game at the Libro Centre.

“I thought our third period was our best of the season. We worked hard in the third and had a couple of chances to win it,” said Bortignon.

Larder got the start for the Admirals Saturday night but was pulled just over nine minutes in after allowing three goals on eight shots. Bortignon said all three goalies that played Saturday night for both teams looked shaky early on as both teams allowed goals they would like to have back.

Burns had a “fantastic” night, according to his coach, with Ryan Alexander, Ryan Holzel and Luc Warnock also being singled out for strong efforts.

The Admirals were in Essex Sept. 19 for a game against the 73’s but fell 5-2. Justin Bondy and Anthony Cristofaro gave Essex a 2-0 lead after one period but Amherstburg made it a 3-2 after two periods as Caleb Paquette and Brock Beaudoin had second period goals for the Admirals.

Bondy had his second of the game in the second while his Essex teammates scored two in the third with goals being credited to Michael Vieira and Luke Gecse, the latter going into an empty net.

The Admirals are in Dresden Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game before returning to Amherstburg Sunday for a 7 p.m. game against the Lakeshore Canadiens.

Admirals end three-game skid with win over Dresden


By Ron Giofu


Some late-game heroics put the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals back in the win column Sunday night.

The Admirals (2-3, four points) downed the Dresden Jr. Kings 4-3 at the Libro Centre with Jordan Luciw scoring the game-winning goal with just 40.5 seconds left in the third period.

Amherstburg overcame two deficits in the game but fought back both times. They trailed 2-0 just 1:37 into the second period with Dresden getting powerplay goals from Kadin Ritchie late in the first and Will Tetzlaff early in the second.

Amherstburg’s James Brooks (15) scores a second period goal against Dresden goalie Cam MacAlpine Sunday night at the Libro Centre. The Admirals won 4-3.

Amherstburg’s James Brooks (15) scores a second period goal against Dresden goalie Cam MacAlpine Sunday night at the Libro Centre. The Admirals won 4-3.

Amherstburg quickly rebounded and had the game tied only minutes later as James Brooks scored on a breakaway at the 3:01 mark of the period and Travis Campbell potted the equalizer at the 4:25 point.

Dresden’s Dillon Liberty gave the visitors a 3-2 lead midway through the third period but the Admirals came from behind once again. Similar to what he did in last Sunday’s game in Essex, Cory Burns tied the game late in the third period, this week’s goal coming at the 16:32 mark. Luciw would score the winner moments later.

Luciw said his line of himself, Campbell and Ryan Holzel like to work the puck down low and said Campbell set him up with a nice pass on his tape. He added they fought hard for the win “and it paid off.

“I’m hoping we can feed off this game and keep it rolling,” said Luciw.

Luciw said Dresden goalie Cam MacAlpine played well but the Admirals kept working “and it paid off in the end.”

Daniel Tonietto stopped 20 of 23 shots in the Amherstburg net for his first victory of the season.

“I think we’ll take that as a character win,” said Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon.

Bortignon said the Admirals had a lot of scoring chances but had to work at burying them.

“We stuck with it,” said Bortignon. “Kudos to our guys.”

Cory Burns (left) breaks in alone on Dresden’s Cam MacAlpine in the third period of Sunday night’s 4-3 Amherstburg win. Burns didn’t score on the play but would score later in the period.

Cory Burns (left) breaks in alone on Dresden’s Cam MacAlpine in the third period of Sunday night’s 4-3 Amherstburg win. Burns didn’t score on the play but would score later in the period.

After winning their first game of the season against the Mooretown Flags in overtime, the Admirals dropped three straight before snapping the losing streak Sunday. Bortignon said they are looking to move on and build off the win over the Jr. Kings.

“We’re definitely happy to get through this five-game stretch,” he said.

Bortignon said the Admirals stepped up in the third period and dominated Dresden after the latter called a time out with about seven minutes to play.

“It’s nice to see our hard work pay off,” said Bortignon. “That win is on (our players) and they should be proud of that one.”

The Admirals other game last week was last Thursday night, a 6-3 loss in Blenheim. Drew Marlatt opened the scoring for the Blades but Kasey Basile tied it before the first period was out. Zack Yott game Amherstburg a 2-1 lead midway through the second but Kier Cumming tied it for Blenheim before the period expired. The Blades dominated the third, outscoring Amherstburg 4-1, with Cumming scoring two more goals and Nick Delyzer and Brayden Hopkins tallying. Curtis Prymack scored the Admirals’ goal in the third period.

“We played an OK two periods,” said Bortignon, adding mental mistakes cost them in the third.

The Admirals’ golf tournament was postponed last Saturday due to wet weather at Sutton Creek Golf Club but it has been rescheduled for Oct. 23 with a 12-noon shotgun start. There are still room for a few more foursomes with those interested asked to contact Mary Ewer at The cost is $125 per person and $35 for the dinner only.

The Admirals are also raising money for Phil and Tiana Guenther, the Leamington couple injured in the Sept. 16 motorcycle crash on Howard Ave. Bortignon and Corina Spada were on the scene shortly after the crash trying to help with a GoFundMe webpage being set up shortly after the crash trying to help the couple with their bills. Those wishing to make donations can do so online or at next week’s Jr. C game.

The Admirals are on the road Saturday for a game in Lakeshore before returning home Sunday for another game with the Flags. Both games start at 7 p.m.