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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.

General Amherst has two all-stars, one playing in showcase game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team features two WECSSAA all-stars and one of those players is also advancing to play in the Pro Hockey Life Showcase Series.

Brock Beaudoin, a second team WECSSAA all-star, will represent General Amherst in the showcase game tonight at the Libro Centre with the game getting underway at 6 p.m. The game is designed to let high school players get additional exposure to scouts from higher levels of hockey, such as Jr. B or Jr. C.

“I was surprised,” said Beaudoin. “I’m pretty excited about it.”

Pat Garrett, head coach of the Bulldogs hockey team, said it’s a good opportunity for Beaudoin, describing him as “a physical goal scorer.”

“I like to lay the body out there,” said Beaudoin.

Beaudoin hopes to play either Jr. C or midget major hockey next season.

Reid Stieler (left) and Brock Beaudoin of the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team were both WECSSAA all-stars with Stieler being named to the first team and Beaudoing to the second team. Beaudoin will play in the May 10 Pro Hockey Life Showcase Series game at the Libro Centre starting at 6 p.m.

Reid Stieler (left) and Brock Beaudoin of the General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team were both WECSSAA all-stars with Stieler being named to the first team and Beaudoing to the second team. Beaudoin will play in the May 10 Pro Hockey Life Showcase Series game at the Libro Centre starting at 6 p.m.

“It’s a huge honour to have Brock selected to the showcase game,” added Garrett. “The fact that it’s at home is a nice touch for Brock.”

Also competing in the showcase game are two Villanova players – Chris Francia and Cole Welsh.

Reid Stieler was also recognized recently as he is a first-team WECSSAA all-star.

“Obviously, I’m honoured about it,” Stieler said of his all-star selection. “It’s a great feeling to be recognized.”

This is the second year in a row that Stieler has been named a first-team WECSSAA all-star. He hopes to join a Jr. C club next year, possibly the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals, or play for the Amherstburg Stars midget major team.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomes Vaughan hockey teams for camps

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of hockey teams from the Toronto area came into Amherstburg last week for camps put on by St. Peter’s ACHS College School.

The private boys elementary school, located in Malden Centre, welcomed the Vaughan Panthers last Sunday through Thursday and an older group, the Vaughan Rangers, the previous Friday through Saturday. The players became familiar with St. Peter’s headmaster Peter Thyrring when his school was in the Toronto area and were thrilled to play for him again.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School held a pair of camps at the Libro Centre last week with teams from Vaughan.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School held a pair of camps at the Libro Centre last week with teams from Vaughan.

“We love his coaching and he coaches us the best… except for our regular coach,” said Roan Oliva of the Panthers.

Oliva’s teammates also raved about Thyrring, who is nicknamed “Ty.”

“Teamwork is the most important thing,” said Robert Coccari.

The players said they received off-ice as well as on-ice training and ate and slept at the school. A chef even came in and prepared meals for the students. Nicholas Messina called it “a great way for us to bond.”

“It’s lots of fun,” Coccari said of the camp.

“Ty treats us like family. I would suggest sending kids to ACHS. He treats you like you’re his own kids,” said Oliva.

Hockey players from Vaughan came to Amherstburg last week for a camp put on by St. Peter’s ACHS College School.

Hockey players from Vaughan came to Amherstburg last week for a camp put on by St. Peter’s ACHS College School.

Thyrring said ice time in Amherstburg is much lower than in the Toronto area, estimating it is as much as half the cost of some rinks. Parents who came down from Vaughan liked what they saw.

“This is a great facility,” Sergio Oliva said of the Libro Centre. “Some of our top end facilities don’t look like this. By the looks of it, they are having a good time.”
Sergio said it was a “great bonding experience” for the players and said the training was done well.

“(Thyrring) runs a good camp,” added Bryan Basler, the team’s usual head coach. “They are getting good training sessions and good developmental sessions.”

Admirals, cops to battle in annual charity hockey game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Ontario Special Olympics will get a financial boost April 29 thanks to the Amherstburg Police Service and the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals.

The teams will square off at the Libro Centre that Friday night in a game that will contribute to the police service’s Law Enforcement Torch Run efforts. All Torch Run proceeds go to the Special Olympics.

Sgt. Mike Cox said the charity game has been taking place in Amherstburg for over 20 years in various forms. The opponents have changed over the years and now it is the Admirals who are helping raise money.

Cox said the “Polar Plunge” held earlier this year at St. Clair College helped Torch Run efforts substantially. That event had 181 “plungers” and raised $48,500.

Amherstburg police and the Amherstburg Admirals will team up for a charity hockey game April 29  to benefit the Torch Run. The Torch Run’s proceeds go towards Special Olympics. From left: Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Sgt. Mike Cox and Admirals co-owner/general manager Wes Ewer.

Amherstburg police and the Amherstburg Admirals will team up for a charity hockey game April 29
to benefit the Torch Run. The Torch Run’s proceeds go towards Special Olympics. From left: Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Sgt. Mike Cox and Admirals co-owner/general manager Wes Ewer.

“We had great success with the Polar Plunge,” said Cox. “We’re hoping to raise as much money as we can (at the hockey game) for Special Olympics.”

There is a $2 minimum donation to get into the game with tickets available at the police station, General Amherst High School or at the door. There will be door prizes and giveaways with Torch Run T-shirts and Admirals souvenirs like foam fingers, lanyards, clappers and other items to be given away.

Addy, the Admirals’ mascot, will also be on hand.

Wes Ewer, co-owner and general manager of the Admirals, said the coaches and management will be playing for the police team that night and going against the players.

“The coaches and players will be excited to go against each other,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a police victory.”

Ewer said the Jr. C franchise is always eager to help the community and they hope to get people to come out that night. The game is scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m.

The Torch Run itself will be May 25 with it scheduled to begin at the police station around lunchtime. A barbecue will be held prior to the event with staff and those supported by Community Living Essex County’s Channel Resource Centre to be on hand. Cox said the entire community is welcome to the barbecue and to participate in the run.

Amherstburg’s St.Peter’s ACHS College School wins elementary school hockey tournament

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

St. Peter’s ACHS College School was the talk of Toronto this week when they won the final elementary school junior hockey tournament for the year in Mississauga.

Both parents and players of the small private school in Amherstburg were jubilant after their 2-1 victory against the Royal Orchard Falcons. How was it that this tiny school would win this prestigious school hockey tournament in the GTA?

It has been a long season for students at St. Peter’s ACHS College School. It started in October with weekly Wednesday morning scrimmages. The school’s unconventional coaching style pushed “team play” as opposed to just “drill and skill.” The school’s headmaster and coach Peter Thyrring said: “The players already get drilled enough with their winter hockey teams. We want our players to be able to work and creatively play together.”

That philosophy has repeatedly paid off this season. It first showed when St. Peter’s ACHS College School played in the All Saints Tournament and took home silver after losing in double overtime to St. Timothy RCS. They would have to rely on their team philosophy again to compete in this tournament hosted by the Dufferin/Peel/Caledon Regional Champions – St. Timothy RCS.

St. Peter's ACHS College School captured the St. Timothy Invitational Hockey Tournament. (Submitted photo)

St. Peter’s ACHS College School captured the St. Timothy Invitational Hockey Tournament. (Submitted photo)

Departing Sunday, and battling a snow storm to get to the GTA, players hooked up with alumni parents and players for dinner in Maple (a former home of St. Peter’s ACHS College School). Without much sleep, the players got up Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. for their first game later that morning against St. Julia RCS. After a rough start and going into a shoot-out, Cameron Sinasac netted the winning goal to beat St. Julia RCS 4-3.

In the second game, St. Francis RCS came determined to avenge their loss to St. Peter’s in the last tournament. This time, St. Peter’s could not hold off St. Francis and fell 2-1 in a tight game.

In the third game St. Peter’s ACHS was losing 3-0 against Royal Orchard when, at the end of the second period, they roared back to life on a goal scored by Tyson Dorey. St. Peter’s did not let up after that. Continued efforts on the wings by Beckham Sawchuk and Kaden Campbell helped set the tone for Tyson Dorey, Jackson Cole and J.T. Langlois who combined to score an additional three goals for a 4-3 victory.

In the semi finals, St. Peter’s faced off against the Dufferin/Peel/Caledon Regional Champions St. Timothy RCS. With their powerful squad lead by their “AAA” goalie, scoring would be hard to come by. The three man defensive core of Cameron Sinasac, James O’Niell and Noah Duggan helped goalie Joseph Giordano hold the game scoreless through the first period and a half. That was when St. Peter’s T.J. Langlois drove down the ice and backhanded the puck over the goalie’s shoulder and in, propelling St. Peter’s into the championship with a shutout win.

In the finals, St. Peter’s would once again have to face the tournament favourite Royal Orchard. In the second period, Cameron Sinasac opened the scoring with a blistering shot from the point to lead St. Peter’s to a 1-0 lead. However, Royal Orchard pounded the St. Peter’s net with shot after shot until they finally got through in the third period to tie the game 1-1. With only six minutes left in the game, Deven Bastien scored an amazing goal to put St. Peter’s ACHS College school ahead. Both schools continued to battle until the final buzzer went. St. Peter’s ACHS College School would be the new Dufferin/Peel/Caledon Regional Champions. Their season record was 8-2-0. What an awesome season.