Dresden Jr. Kings

Admirals earn four of six points on weekend

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Two-thirds of the weekend was good for Amherstburg’s Jr. C hockey team but the conclusion to the weekend was something they want to forget.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won two of three games over the weekend. They went to Dresden Friday night and won 4-3 in overtime and then defeated the Blenheim Blades 5-2 Saturday night at the Libro Centre.

Their game Sunday night was against the Mooretown Flags and saw the Flags come into Amherstburg and capture a 4-0 victory.

Amherstburg defenseman Austin Jennings (left, 10) carries the puck into the Mooretown zone during third period action Sunday night. At right is Flags’ defenseman Hayden MacDonald (4).

Austin Jennings was the hero last Friday as he tied the game with a powerplay goal early in the third period and won it in overtime for the Admirals. Travis Campbell and Caleb Paquette also scored for Amherstburg while Ben Larder made 41 saves in goal for the Admirals.

Cory Burns scored twice while Josh Talerico, Bryce McGregor and Amilio Acampora scored in Saturday night’s 5-2 win, Acampora’s goal being his first in Jr. C. Larder made 36 saves in that win.

A second period altercation Saturday night that saw defenseman Dean Patterson leave the bench and join in resulted in Patterson and head coach Paul Bortignon being suspended two games each. Assistant coaches Matt Fox and Rob Bondy ran the bench Sunday night.

Bortignon watched Sunday night’s game from the stands and was not impressed with what he saw.

“This weekend, we won two of three games and that’s kind of where it ended,” he said after Sunday’s game. “We can’t talk about the effort (against Mooretown) because there wasn’t one.”

Bortignon said Mooretown controlled Sunday’s game from start to finish, adding the poor performance from the Admirals is something that usually happens once a year and will be quickly be put behind them. While it was the third game in three nights, Bortignon said that is not an excuse as fatigue may cause mental mistakes but the Admirals had a poor effort top to bottom.

“(Mooretown) owned the game for 60 minutes,” he said.

Larder was one of the lone highlights for the Admirals Sunday, as he made 35 saves.

Amherstburg’s Ryan Holzel (14) shoots the puck in the direction of Mooretown goalie Nolan Hakr during the first period of Sunday night’s Jr. C hockey game at the Libro Centre. Mooretown won 4-0.

The effort was much different the first two games of the weekend, Bortignon indicated. He said they worked hard for the entire game Friday night and came out of Dresden with a win, something that is tough to do as the Jr. Kings are 7-1-0-1 on home ice.

Bortignon said “we picked up where we left off” Saturday night and turned in another solid effort in the 5-2 win over Blenheim.

Amherstburg (8-8-2-1, 19 points) travels to Wallaceburg to play the last-place Lakers Wednesday night. Despite a 1-15 record, Bortignon said Wallaceburg is playing better as of late and stated the Admirals will have to put in a full 60 minute effort.

The Admirals return home Sunday for a 7 p.m. game with the Petrolia Flyers.

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.”

 

Mixed results for Admirals over the weekend

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won one game and lost the other over the weekend as the Jr. C hockey club was on each end of 3-2 decisions.

The weekend concluded Sunday night with a 3-2 win over the visiting Dresden Jr. Kings at the Libro Centre. After Kadin Ritchie opened the scoring for Dresden in the second period, Amherstburg scored three straight goals with Jordan Luciw and Curtis Prymack scoring in the second period and Cory Burns in the third period.

All of the Admirals’ goals Sunday night were on the powerplay.

Amherstburg’s Dylan Muzzatti (15) looks for a play in the Dresden zone as Dresden’s Austin Bentley (8) gets his stick in Muzzatti’s feet.

Amherstburg’s Dylan Muzzatti (15) looks for a play in the Dresden zone as Dresden’s Austin Bentley (8) gets his stick in Muzzatti’s feet.

Geoffry VandenBoorn scored with about 28 seconds left in the third but the Jr. Kings could get no closer.

The Admirals began the weekend Saturday night with a 3-2 loss to the Blenheim Blades, also at the Libro Centre.

Nick Delyzer and Dustin Maines gave the Blades a 2-0 lead after one period but Amherstburg tied it in a penalty-filled second period thanks to powerplay goals from Kasey Basile and Luciw but a powerplay goal from Blenheim’s Drew Marlatt in the third period gave the visitors the victory.

The Admirals debuted new jerseys on the weekend, playing in their new home jerseys Saturday night while giving the home fans a look at the new road jerseys Sunday night. The hype the franchise tried to build for the new jerseys didn’t spread to the players as much as the coaches would have liked.

“We let two points slip away last night,” Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon said following Sunday’s game. “It was an OK weekend. Let’s leave it at that.”

Bortignon said the game against Blenheim was “a bleak effort” and didn’t want to blame a ten-day layoff for the loss, noting they had a good week of practice.

“We didn’t have a lot of jump (against Blenheim),” said Bortignon. “We were flat. Fundamentally, we couldn’t string passes together.”

The team lost Dean Patterson to injury and Travis Campbell to suspension following Saturday’s game but added a returning Ryan Wismer Sunday. Bortignon added Burns had another solid effort Sunday.

“He’s kind of been our most consistent guy this season,” his coach said.

Admirals’ defenseman Ryan Wismer (2)  carries the puck into the Dresden zone during third period action Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won 3-2 after losing by that same score to Blenheim Saturday night.

Admirals’ defenseman Ryan Wismer (2)
carries the puck into the Dresden zone during third period action Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won 3-2 after losing by that same score to Blenheim Saturday night.

The Admirals travel to Petrolia Thursday to play against a Flyers team that is battling for points, said Bortignon. He called this Friday night’s game in Lakeshore another “litmus test” for the Admirals, noting they passed the first test in Essex Nov. 1. He wants the Admirals to approach the Lakeshore game as if it is a playoff game.

The Mooretown Flags return to the Libro Centre Sunday for a 7 p.m. game.

The Admirals have also added a new player, with Jake Cummings being added in a trade with Wallaceburg last week. Bortignon said Cummings is “a Windsor kid” that adds depth to the lineup.

“He’s a kid that is going to work hard for 60 minutes,” said Bortignon, of Cummings, noting he can also play centre or wing.

The Admirals acquired Cummings for monetary considerations.

Admirals win three straight games

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Three games, three wins over the past week for Amherstburg’s Jr. C hockey franchise.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won three straight games over the past week, including a 5-2 win in Wallaceburg last Wednesday, a 6-5 win in Dresden last Friday night and a 5-0 win on home ice Sunday night, that game also being against Wallaceburg.

Connor O’Reilly stopped all 23 shots he faced Sunday night while Kyle Meloche, Jordan Luciw, Ryan Alexander, Lucas Bersuk and Austin Jennings scored for Amherstburg. As of press time, the Admirals sat at 9-7 on the year, good for 18 points. Head coach Paul Bortignon was pleased with the results from the past week.

“Aside from the setback (Oct. 24 in Wheatley), we accomplished everything we wanted to,” said Bortignon. “Six of eight points is not bad at all, especially when three of the games were on the road.”

The Admirals’ forwards played a lot more minutes due to injury, he added.

Amherstburg is now two games over .500 but Bortignon said they were not willing to say they have emerged from their early season slump as Essex was on the horizon. The game against the 73’s was Tuesday night in Essex after this issue went to press.

“They are still the top dogs,” said Bortignon.

After the Essex game, the Admirals have a bit of a layoff as they don’t return to game action until Nov. 12. Amherstburg will use the down time to rest, heal injuries and get some additional practice time as they completed a busy stretch with the Essex game. Bortignon said they want to gear up and make up ground they lost in the first part of the season.

Amherstburg’s Lucas Bersuk (left) scores a second period goal Sunday night against Wallaceburg as he buries a rebound from an Aiden Ryan (middle) shot.

Amherstburg’s Lucas Bersuk (left) scores a second period goal Sunday night against Wallaceburg as he buries a rebound from an Aiden Ryan (middle) shot.

Travis Campbell scored a pair of goals while Ryan Alexander, Mark MacPherson, Ryan Holzel and Cory Burns scored in Friday night’s game in Dresden. Dillon Liberty and Kevin Ritzer scored twice for the Jr. Kings while Derek Shaw had the other. Catalin Morin picked up the win in goal for the Admirals.

In the Oct. 26 game in Wallaceburg, Burns scored twice for the Admirals while Zack Yott, Brock Beaudoin and Curtis Prymack also lit the lamp for Amherstburg. Jacob Vancoillie and Trevor Waller scored for the Lakers. O’Reilly picked up the win in goal for the Admirals in that game.

The Nov. 12 game at the Libro Centre is not only the Admirals’ next home game, but they also debut their new jerseys that night. The Blenheim Blades will be the opponents that night with that Saturday night game starting at 7:30 p.m. The Admirals host Dresden the next night at 7 p.m.

The Admirals will also host a Christmas party and comedy night at Shooters Roadhouse Dec. 3. Tickets will be on sale starting with the Nov. 12 game.