General Amherst Bulldogs

Bulldogs eliminated from WECSSAA boys hockey playoffs



By Ron Giofu


The season is over for the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team.

The Bulldogs faced off with the Brennan Cardinals last Thursday afternoon at the WFCU Centre in Windsor but lost 3-1 in the one-game knockout round of the WECSSAA playoffs. Noah Duggan had the only goal for General Amherst.

“I felt like Brennan came out looking to win a playoff game,” said Bulldogs head coach Pat Garrett. “We didn’t have the same sense of urgency they had.”

After the Cardinals went up 2-1, the Bulldogs played better and controlled the play more but Garrett didn’t believe they were able to create a lot of quality scoring chances.

General Amherst’s Sebastian Tronchin (left) enters the Brennan zone during last Thursday afternoon. Brennan won 3-1 and eliminated the Bulldogs.

While disappointed with the result, Garrett said he is not disappointed in the team. He said it is the first time in his 14 years of coaching the boys hockey team at Amherst that the team has gone out that early and said he felt bad for the players in the dressing room that happened.

“I would have liked to have seen a semi-final playoff spot,” he said.

A key moment in the game was a second period five-on-three powerplay that the Bulldogs failed to score on.

General Amherst had only one Grade 12 player this year so the bulk of the team is eligible to return next season, he noted, adding that Grade 9 student Sebastian Tronchin led the team in scoring.

“I feel the future is in good shape,” said Garrett. “I think this year was our rebuilding year without us realizing it.”

While losing to Brennan stings, Garrett added that “you have to take your lumps sometimes” and they are looking to be better next year. He thanked the parents and guardians for their help this year as well.

The Grade 9 and 10 players will be back on the ice in April, Garrett said, as there is a tournament in Lakeshore for younger players.

Bulldogs finish season with first victory


By Ron Giofu


It was a rough season record-wise for the General Amherst Bulldogs boys basketball season but they finished off on the right note.

The final game of the season was last Tuesday night at home versus Ste. Cecile and the Bulldogs came away with a 55-43 victory. Riley Sesto had 22 points for General Amherst, who finished with a 1-9 record.

“It was great. We finally won,” said Sesto. “We’ve been working hard all year. There has been a couple of losses we should have won.”

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team’s season is over. Their last game was Feb. 5 and it resulted in their first victory of the year. They had a 1-9 record in WECSSAA play in 2018-19.

Sesto, a Grade 11 student, will be back next season as should most of his teammates.

“Next year, we should have a pretty strong team,” he said.

The key against Ste. Cecile was the fact the Bulldogs played a strong team game, Sesto added.

“We worked really well together. There was a lot of passing,” he said. “We got to use our flex play which we don’t usually get a chance to in games.”

Head coach Frank Palumbo was happy the Bulldogs got a chance to pick up a win before the season concluded.

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto goes up for two of his team-high 22 points during the Bulldogs’ win over Ste. Cecile Feb. 5.

“It was nice for the kids to finish with a win,” he said. “They worked hard all season and were positive all season. We had a lot of close games.”

Palumbo noted everyone is eligible to come back next season and that should help them.

“We’ve got a strong junior program,” he added.

The Bulldogs played the day before at Maranatha but lost 59-51. They did not qualify for the WECSSAA playoffs.

Bulldogs drop to 0-8 with a pair of road losses



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior basketball team came back from the exam break with a pair of losses, but the two games were different except for the outcome.

The Bulldogs started the week last Thursday against the UMEI Lightning (4-4) in Leamington with a 35-33 loss but General Amherst was nearly able to complete the comeback. The Bulldogs trailed 19-10 at the half but made it close at the end.

“We started off slow,” said assistant coach Alex Temesy. “We only had ten points in the first half. We finished strong to end the game.”

Temesy said they were unable to get a shot off in the final seconds of the game.

“We ended up making it an exciting game,” he said.

The Bulldogs (0-8) were in Windsor the following day for a game against Lamothe-Cadillac (9-1) with the home team coming away with an 81-44 victory.

Brandon Snippe of UMEI (left) is challenged for
control of the ball by the Bulldogs’ Matteo Palumbo during the second quarter of a WECSSAA Tier II senior boys basketball game last Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Bryan Jessop/Southpoint Sun)

“That’s the best team in the league,” said General Amherst head coach Frank Palumbo, of the Friday night opposition.

“They are a very good team,” agreed Temesy. “They are a big team and very athletic. We lack the size to go up against them.”

Temesy estimated they were outrebounded by about 30. However, he said the Bulldogs didn’t quit despite being down by a lot of points.

“The thing I like about this team is they don’t give up,” said Temesy.

The Bulldogs worked on the things they know and worked hard until the end, he stated, though they were missing one of their better players in Riley Sesto against Lamothe-Cadillac.

They had two games earlier this week against Maranatha and Ste. Cecile.

“We can definitely win those games,” Temesy said, noting Friday night that the Bulldogs were still eyeing a playoff berth. “I think we can break the goose egg.”

Next year’s team should be good, he added, as they will have talented seniors returning with a year’s experience plus some good players coming up from the junior ranks.

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.