Lakeshore Canadiens

Admirals clipped by first place Canadiens

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a case of “close but no cigar” for Amherstburg’s Jr. C hockey team Friday night.

The Lakeshore Canadiens got a goal from Steven Sartor with just 3:52 left in the third period and that gave the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals at the Atlas Tube Centre.

Lakeshore opened the scoring at the 18:11 mark of the first period on a goal by Ameen Fadel but the Admirals tied it thanks to a Travis Campbell powerplay goal 5:41 into the second period.

Ryan Alexander (16, right) makes his way into the Lakeshore zone during third period action Nov. 3 at the Atlas Tube Centre.

“For the most part, we were good with the exception of two shifts,” stated Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. “Key mistakes led to two goals.”

In a game against the first place Canadiens, mistakes are magnified by 100, Bortignon believed. He said it was a disappointing game in some respects, noting they converted one of five powerplay opportunities.

The first Lakeshore goal was a result of a missed backcheck, said Bortignon, with the second being the result of poor communication on a defensive zone assignment.

Amherstburg’s Caleb Paquette (6, white jersey) gets a scoring chance on Lakeshore goalie Erik Morneau during the third period of last Friday night’s game at the Atlas Tube Centre.

“You can’t make mistakes like that otherwise it ends up in the back of your net as it did tonight,” Bortignon said after Friday night’s game.

The Admirals competed hard and the defensive zone coverage was solid overall, he added. Another positive was the play of goalie Ben Larder, who made 28 saves on the night.

Amherstburg has to do a better job converting offensive opportunities, Bortignon added, saying they’ve lost a number of one-goal games this season including the most recent game in Lakeshore.

“We had plenty of chances to get the win. That’s the frustrating part,” said Bortignon. “We didn’t capitalize on our chances.”

Admirals goalie Ben Larder (1, right) slides to make a save during the third period of last Friday night’s game in Lakeshore.

The Admirals will be working on fundamentals and special teams in practice this week, Bortignon said, as they want to start winning more consistently to get home ice in the first round of the playoffs.

Amherstburg is 6-7-2-1 (15 points) through the first 16 games of the 40-game regular season schedule. They will be busy this weekend with three games in three nights. The Admirals will be in Dresden Friday night before returning home to play Blenheim Saturday and Mooretown Sunday with both home games being at 7 p.m.

Admirals tie game with Lakeshore 2-2 despite overtime efforts

 

By Jolene Perron

After suffering a 5-2 loss against Dresden last Friday, the Amherstburg Integrity Admirals returned to their home ice against Lakeshore and put up a fight in their overtime 2-2 loss.

Against Dresden, vice president and assistant coach Matt Fox described the game as “a wake-up call” for the team.

“I think a couple of lapses in the second period cost us and put us behind the eight ball and then we were just trying to play catch up the rest of the game,” said Fox. “It was a decent effort, not as good as we wanted but as long as we stick to the process the results will come.”

The team took that game with them as a lesson going into Sunday night’s game against Lakeshore, where the first period went scoreless.

Josh Talerico skates down the ice, keeping the puck away from a Lakeshore player, close behind.

Admirals captain Dylan Muzzatti opened up the scoring for the night with a goal on a power play at 11:52, assisted by Michael Hatch and Bryce McGregor. That goal wasn’t answered by Lakeshore until 14:53 in the third period, when Jarrett Tazzman gave Lakeshore their first goal. In less than 40 seconds, Amherstburg came back with their second goal by Josh Talerico, assisted by Luc Warnock and Ryan Alexander.

The last goal of the game came at 18:19 of the third period by Lakeshore’s Kyler Carter.

The game went into a seven-minute three-on-three overtime period, which remained scoreless resulting in a tie game.

Admirals goalie Ben Larder stopped 44 of 46 Lakeshore shots on the night.

“The three on three is always a little bit different just because you put guys in tough situations,” explained Fox. “It was fast, and we would have liked to get one goal there on the power play at the end but we will take the tie and move on to Tuesday.”

The Admirals now embark on a four-game road trip, which started last night in Essex after this issue of the RTT went to press. They are in Wheatley next Monday night before games in Petrolia and Dresden on back-to-back nights Oct. 12-13.

The next home game for the Admirals is Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. versus Dresden.

Admirals trimming roster as pre-season continues

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Integrity Admirals won their final home pre-season game but the coaching staff was more focused in which players played well.

Amilio Acampora had two goals and an assist in the game in a 4-1 win over the Lakeshore Canadiens last Wednesday night and he was one of the players mentioned after the game by Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. Bortignon noted they signed Acampora out of training camp and has made an impression, drawing comparisons to former Admirals forward Kasey Basile.

“He’s always motoring out there,” said Bortignon.

Amilio Acampora heads to the Lakeshore goal en route to scoring an empty net goal in Amherstburg's 4-1 victory over the Canadiens Aug. 30.

Amilio Acampora heads to the Lakeshore goal en route to scoring an empty net goal in Amherstburg’s 4-1 victory over the Canadiens Aug. 30.

Caleb Paquette scored on a breakaway seven seconds into the second period and Jace Leach scored on a third period powerplay to account for the other Amherstburg goals. Josh Root scored in the first period for Lakeshore.

Bortignon said Tyler Laureault had another strong game in goal, as Laureault split time last Wednesday night with Ben Larder. Goaltending looks to be a strong point for the Admirals, as returning goalie Catalin Morin is also part of the equation.

The Admirals also dressed a number of returning players last Wednesday and Bortignon said they also played well.

“The veterans showed well in their first game going back to February,” said Bortignon.

There are only a few spots left up for grabs among the forwards, he added.

“On the back end, we’re still waiting to see what happens with players trying out at the ‘B’ level,” said Bortignon.

There will be some “tough cuts” coming, he added, as some players have been with the team since the spring hoping for a spot on the roster.

Amherstburg’s Curtis Jackson (11) evades a poke-check from a Lakeshore defenseman and enters the Canadiens’ zone during the Admirals’ 4-1 win last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg’s Curtis Jackson (11) evades a poke-check from a Lakeshore defenseman and enters the Canadiens’ zone during the Admirals’ 4-1 win last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

The Admirals still have to work on a few things over the last two pre-season games and in the practices heading up to the regular season. Such things as defensive zone coverage and their offensive attack will be worked on going forward.

The Admirals played in Essex last night in a game played after the print issue of the RTT went to press. Amherstburg is in Lakeshore Friday night at 7:05 p.m. for their final pre-season game. The Admirals open the regular season at the Libro Centre Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. against the Petrolia Flyers.

The team’s annual “Fall Classic” golf tournament is Sept. 10 at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $130 per golfer or $35 for a steak dinner. For more information or to register, e-mail Mary Ewer at mary_ewer@hotmail.com.

Admirals gearing up for 2017-18 PJHL season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

There will be some familiar faces returning to the Amherstburg Integrity Admirals lineup this upcoming Jr. C season with some new faces also hoping to push the team over the top.

The Admirals played the Essex 73’s to a 1-1 tie Sunday night in the first pre-season games for both PJHL Stobbs Division clubs, with the Admirals having a weekend full of practices and scrimmages as the coaches and management take a closer look at who might be taking the ice for them when the regular season starts Sept. 17.

“Overall, I thought it was a good weekend,” said Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. “There were a lot of young guys trying to make an impact. I thought the guys did a good job.”

Amherstburg’s Zack Yott (11) tries a wrap-around on Essex goalie Ryan Polidori Sunday night.

Amherstburg’s Zack Yott (11) tries a wrap-around on Essex goalie Ryan Polidori Sunday night.

Bortignon said there are about four or five spots up for grabs on this years team and envisions “good competition” over the next two weeks before the roster is shaved to the 23 player limit in time for the Sept. 17 season opener against Petrolia at the Libro Centre.

Goaltending could be a strength this year as the Admirals have landed Ben Larder – a three-year starter from Tavistock – to their crease to join incumbent Catalin Morin.

“Up front, we do return a lot of veteran players,” said Bortignon. “We’ve got a lot of good depth up front.”

Amherstburg acquired forward Kadin Ritchie from Dresden over the off-season with Ritchie scoring 11 goals and six assists last season for the Jr. Kings.

“We’re definitely excited to have him, that’s for sure,” said Bortignon.

Ritchie played with the Wallaceburg Lakers during the 2015-16 season.

“Our defensive core is going to be a bit younger,” Bortignon added.

The Admirals are looking forward to the 2017-18 season, Bortignon stated. Last season ended when they lost in four straight games to the 73’s in the PJHL Stobbs Division semi-finals and the Admirals are putting that behind them.

“As a group, we’re excited to get going,” said Bortignon.

Josh Talerico (15, left) carries the puck in the corner during second period action.

Josh Talerico (15, left) carries the puck in the corner during second period action.

Co-owner/assistant coach Matt Fox said the team’s annual golf tournament is Sept. 10 at Sutton Creek Golf Club and people looking to sign up or those who want more information invited to contact Mary Ewer at mary_ewer@hotmail.com.

Fox agreed they are looking forward to the start of the regular season.

“We’re looking forward to another big year,” he said.

The second pre-season game is at the Libro Centre tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. versus the Lakeshore Canadiens. There will also be a volunteer information session Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. prior to the game against Lakeshore. Co-owner Wes Ewer said they will go over roles the team is looking for and the benefits of helping us out. Season tickets will also be sold at the game from 6-7:30 p.m.

Admirals enter playoffs on two-game losing streak

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals will enter the PJHL Stobbs Division playoffs on a losing streak after losing to the division’s top two teams last week.

The first-place Lakeshore Canadiens came into the Libro Centre Sunday night and handed the Admirals a 6-2 defeat. Amherstburg got off to a good start with Luke Gangnon scoring 3:24 into the game but Lakeshore would score the next four before the period was out, including J.J. Percy’s goal just 15 seconds after Gangnon’s goal.

Connor Rosaasen scored two and Colin Sartor had the other in the first period.

Admirals players celebrate Dylan Muzzatti’s (15) tying goal with just 1:18 to play in the third period Jan. 24 at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. However, the 73’s would get a goal with just 16.3 seconds to play in regulation time to edge the Admirals 3-2.

Admirals players celebrate Dylan Muzzatti’s (15) tying goal with just 1:18 to play in the third period Jan. 24 at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. However, the 73’s would get a goal with just 16.3 seconds to play in regulation time to edge the Admirals 3-2.

The remainder of the goals were scored in the second period with the two teams playing a scoreless third period. Kasey Basile scored just nine seconds into the second period to cut the Lakeshore lead to 4-2 but Nick Tavolieri-Essex and Ameen Fadel scored for the Canadiens in the middle frame.

Amherstburg outshot Lakeshore 31-27 on the night.

The Admirals dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision last Tuesday night in Essex with a goal late in the game sinking Amherstburg’s hopes for a win.

The two arch rivals battled back-and-forth with the Admirals striking first thanks to a two-on-one. Luke Gangnon converted on an Austin Jennings pass to make it 1-0 13:29 into the first period.

Essex controlled much of the play in the second, outshooting the Admirals 14-3 and scoring the period’s only two goals. Michael Vieira scored at the 7:25 mark with Eric Shaw putting the 73’s in front with a goal with two minutes left in the period.

Amherstburg’s Lucas Bersuk (17, left) hits Essex forward Anthony Cristofaro (right) during second period action last Tuesday. Bersuk received a roughing penalty on the play.

Amherstburg’s Lucas Bersuk (17, left) hits Essex forward Anthony Cristofaro (right) during second period action last Tuesday. Bersuk received a roughing penalty on the play.

Amherstburg looked as if they were going to take the game into overtime when Dylan Muzzatti’s powerplay goal with just 1:18 left in the third period tied the score at two goals apiece.

However, William Stadder scored for the 73’s with just 16.3 seconds remaining in the third period when his shot went through traffic and found the top corner behind Amherstburg goalie Matt Badour.

Badour stopped 34 of 37 shots in the game, his first against his former team. Amherstburg managed 18 shots in the game.

Amherstburg finished the regular season with a 26-14 record, good for 52 points and third place in the division. They are headed for a first-round best-of-seven playoff match-up with the Wheatley Sharks with the first game being Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

Admirals captain Curtis Prymack battles with 73’s forward Michael Vieira Jan. 24.

Admirals captain Curtis Prymack battles with 73’s forward Michael Vieira Jan. 24.

Games 2 and 3 will be in Wheatley next Monday (Feb. 6) and next Wednesday (Feb. 8) with Game 4 scheduled for Amherstburg Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.. Game 5, if necessary, will also be in Amherstburg Feb.12 at 7 p.m.

If necessary, Game 6 will be in Wheatley Feb. 13 with Game 7 being scheduled for Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Amherstburg.

Amherstburg won three of the four games they played against Wheatley during the regular season.