General Amherst Bulldogs

Mixed results for Bulldogs hockey team last week



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team had mixed results in two games last week.

The Bulldogs were at home to the St. Joseph Lasers last Tuesday afternoon but had to play the game with a shortened bench as they only had about ten players available. A number of players weren’t able to play due to having other games with travel teams they play on while some missed the game due to injury or doctor’s appointments.

The lack of players showed over the course of the game as the Bulldogs ended up on the short end of an 8-2 decision at the Libro Centre. Sebastian Tronchin and Tyler Fraser scored the Bulldogs.

“We were definitely shorthanded,” said Bulldogs head coach Pat Garrett. “That’s a team we can beat if we have a full squad.”

General Amherst’s Cassidy Atkinson (67, black jersey) looks for a scoring chance in front of the Holy Names goal last Wednesday.

Garrett said he was proud of the players that took part in the game but it was tough to stay in the game with six forwards, three defencemen and one goalie.

The fight for better playoff positioning resumed for the Bulldogs last Thursday afternoon in LaSalle as General Amherst battled the Sandwich Sabres to a 5-5 tie at the Vollmer Complex.

Fraser had a pair of goals in that game for General Amherst while Max Jones, Jake Peddie and Jacob Howson also scored for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs enter the WECSSAA boys hockey playoffs following the exam break.

Bulldogs now 2-5-1 after a win and a tie last week


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs are now 2-5-1 on the WECSSAA boys hockey season after a win and a tie last week.

The Bulldogs’ first game of the week was a 6-4 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers last Tuesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Owen Schipper led the way with three goals while Brandon Salvati had a pair. Aiden Bastien also scored for General Amherst.

“We had a great game and the boys played hard,” said Schipper. “It was a good team effort.”

General Amherst’s Owen Schipper takes a shot during last Tuesday afternoon’s game against the Kingsville Cavaliers. Schipper had a hat trick in the game, which was a 6-4 victory for the Bulldogs.

Schipper said linemates Jacob Peddie and Jacob Howson helped him out. He added that they are trying to pile up points in the second half of the season as they are trying to win the WECSSAA title.

Bulldogs head coach Pat Garrett said they had almost everyone in the lineup, an accomplishment this year as they have been missing players for one reason or another.

Garrett also said they are trying to pick up points this month, noting they play schools closer to General Amherst’s size.

“It would be nice to get on a roll heading into the playoffs,” he said, adding he was “very happy” with the win over Kingsville.

The Bulldogs returned to the Libro Centre last Thursday afternoon and came away with a 2-2 tie with Essex. Josh Peddie and Schipper had the goals in that game.

The Bulldogs were at home to St. Joseph Tuesday after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They also play Sandwich at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle Thursday at 2:30 p.m. before finishing the regular season on the road next Monday with a 3:30 p.m. game versus Brennan at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

Bulldogs drop to 1-5 after high scoring loss against Holy Names



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs found their offense just prior to the holiday break but their opponents had more.

The Bulldogs dropped a 7-5 decision to the Holy Names Knights Dec. 20 at South Windsor Arena. The two teams started out of the gate quickly, scoring seven of the 12 goals in the opening period of the game as the Bulldogs led 4-3 heading to the second period.

“It looked like it was going to be a shootout,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett. “The scoring stopped in the third period.”

After tough one-goal losses at their tournament in Windsor earlier in the week, Garrett was happy to see the offense find the net albeit in a losing effort. He believes the young team is on the right track and could make some noise in the 2019 portion of their WECSSAA schedule.

The General Amherst Bulldogs celebrate one of their five goals scored against Holy Names. The Bulldogs lost 7-5.

“I feel the guys are right on the cusp of coming together,” said Garrett.

The Bulldogs scored nine goals in their first five games and managed five against Holy Names, so the General Amherst coach sees that as a good sign.

Garrett said he “front loaded” the schedule with games against the larger schools and hopes the Bulldogs will get on a roll in the second half of the schedule against teams closer to their size and ability.
“Momentum means a lot,” he said.

Garrett added he is excited for the second half of the season and hopes they can get on a run heading to the playoffs.

General Amherst is now off for the Christmas break and resumes play with a pair of home games early in 2019. They host the Kingsville Cavaliers Jan. 8 and the Essex Red Raiders Jan. 10, both at 2:30 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

Bulldogs pick up first win of 2018-19 WECSSAA boys hockey season



By Ron Giofu


The start of the 2018-19 WECSSAA boys hockey season has been tough for General Amherst High School but they picked up their first win last week.

The Bulldogs blanked the visiting Tecumseh Vista Academy Vortex 4-0 at the Libro Centre last Thursday afternoon. Team captain Max Jones scored goals in the first and third periods while Aiden Bastien and Drake McGowan also picked up goals for the Bulldogs in the winning effort.

Goalie Jacob Lister picked up the shutout for the Bulldogs, who are now 1-4 on the season.

General Amherst’s Brandon Salvati flips the puck into the Tecumseh Vista Academy’s zone during his team’s 4-0 win. The victory improved the Bulldogs’ record to 1-4.

“We needed it. It’s nice to have a win,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett.

Garrett noted they have been playing games minus some key players early on and they had a tough schedule to boot. Tecumseh Vista Academy entered the game winless, so the Bulldogs knew they had a shot at winning last week’s game.

“It’s nice to see Max Jones get on the scoreboard twice,” said Garrett.

The Bulldogs entered the final week before the Christmas break with a tournament hosted by Brennan and a league game this Thursday afternoon against the Holy Names Knights. Garrett, who praised the work of his Grade 9 and 10 players after the win over the Vortex, said they hope to go into the break with momentum.

Lister, who returned to the Bulldogs’ lineup after missing multiple games due to illness, said his teammates kept the shots down in front of him and played well.

“It always feels nice to come back with a shutout,” said Lister.

The win “brought new energy” into the Bulldogs’ dressing room, the netminder added.

General Amherst captain Max Jones splits two Tecumseh Vista Academy defenders during the third period of the Bulldogs’ 4-0 win Dec. 13. Jones scored twice in the game.

“We finally got the monkey off of our backs,” he said, adding they hope to take some momentum into the second half of the regular season.

The other game of the week for General Amherst was a 3-1 loss to the L’Essor Aigles last Tuesday in a game played at Tecumseh Arena. Bastien scored the lone goal that day for the Bulldogs.

This Thursday’s game against Holy Names is at 3:30 p.m. at South Windsor Arena. They come back from the Christmas break with a three-game homestand, the first being a Jan. 8 game versus the Kingsville Cavaliers.

Bulldogs drop to 0-4 after two home court losses last week



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs are 0-4 on the WECSSAA Tier 2 senior boys basketball season, but it’s not for lack of effort.

The Bulldogs most recent game was a 55-37 defeat at the hands of the visiting Essex Red Raiders last Thursday night. Ty Queen led the Bulldogs in scoring with ten points with Riley Sesto scoring seven. Matthew Wismer and Lucas Caradonna each had five points.

General Amherst kept the game close as they trailed by only two points, 19-17, at the half. However, Essex erupted with 22 points in the third quarter, many coming from beyond the three-point line, to pull away.

“They battled,” said General Amherst head coach Frank Palumbo, of his team.

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto puts up a shot as Essex’s Brent Davison defends. Essex won 55-37.

General Amherst lost by about 40 points to the talented Essex squad at a tournament, Palumbo added, so he did see improvement in the Bulldogs.

“We played hard defensively,” he said. “In order to stay in the game, we had to box out all the time. As soon as we missed one, they made us pay. (Essex) is a good team.”

The Bulldogs have only eight players on this year’s senior boys team and one was unavailable against the Red Raiders. Palumbo said they practice with the junior team and do their best despite being short on players.

“They are committed,” stated Palumbo. “They didn’t give up. They work hard.”

This year’s Bulldogs are made up of all Grade 11 players, except one, and he is in Grade 10. Palumbo said their goal was to make the playoffs and they are managing to stay in most games thus far despite a tough early season schedule.

General Amherst is committed to getting better and Palumbo said they have shown a lot of heart thus far.

The Bulldogs other game last week was a 63-49 loss to Westview Freedom Academy last Tuesday at General Amherst. Sesto had 17 points in that game with Caradonna adding 13 and Matteo Palumbo seven.

The lone game for General Amherst this week was in Leamington against the Lions Tuesday, after the printedition of the River Town Times went to press. They will then be off for the Christmas holidays with their first game in 2019 being at home Jan. 15 versus Cardinal Carter.