Paul Bortignon

Admirals continue to “Burn(s)” opponents

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

The Amherstburg Admirals were busy this past weekend.

Amherstburg had their biggest test this weekend as they played four games in five nights.

The Admirals completed a weekend series which included a road game against second place Dresden Jr. Kings Friday and back-to-back home games against the Blenheim Blades and defending league champions, third place Lakeshore Canadiens on Saturday and Sunday. The Admirals were also on the road to play first place Essex Tuesday night.

“It shows us what we got, playing in a short span against some of the top teams in the league,” said Burns “It’s a measuring stick weekend to show us where we are. I truly believe we’re up there and a game like that shows even when we don’t have our best stuff, we find ways to win.”

The Admirals had a strong third period Friday as they thumped Dresden 6-2. Cory Burns led the offensive explosion as he had three goals and two assists.

Burns continued his scoring touch Saturday as he would score the lone goal for the Admirals, despite their 46 shots on Blades goalie Chris Dewulf.

Max Clifford scores a third period goal vs the Lakeshore Canadiens Sunday night.

Amherstburg would bounce back Sunday night against Lakeshore with a 2-1 victory. Max Clifford tied the game in the third period, setting the scene for a Cory Burns overtime goal with three seconds remaining.

As of Sunday night, Burns has a 6-game point streak which includes 2 hat tricks, a goal in 6 straight games, 10 goals and 15 points.

Burns credits his teammates with getting him the puck in good spots, which is allowing him to capitalize on his opportunities.

Cory Burns battles Lakeshore’s Brendan Soto for the puck during the Admirals 2-1 victory Sunday night.

Amherstburg capped off their series of games against top teams in the league with a game in Essex Tuesday night. That game was played after this issue of the River Town Times went to press.

After Sunday night’s game, the Admirals are now 11-4-0-2 on the season, good for 24 points. According to Burns, as the Admirals approach the halfway mark in the season, the team is right where they need to be.

“We got games in hand and we just keep proving we’re one of the top teams in the league as well,” added Burns.

The Admirals will host the Mooretown Flags Sunday night at the Libro Centre at 7 p.m.

 

 

Admirals down 73’s on penalty shot in OT

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

The Amherstburg Admirals avenged their season opening loss to the Essex 73’s with a thrilling overtime win on Sunday.

Amherstburg got the scoring started as Dean Deluca scored in the dying minutes of the first period. Essex would score the next two goals before Austin Jennings would tie the game on the powerplay. Cory Burns would give the Admirals the lead in the third, but Josh Pope-Ferguson would score with 1:40 remaining in regulation to force overtime.

After getting tripped on a breakaway, Michael Hatch was awarded a penalty shot, which would be the game winning goal.

Essex goalie Jax Dhont breaks his stick in frustration as the Amherstburg Admirals celebrate Michael Hatch’s penalty shot goal in overtime to defeat the 73’s 4-3 in overtime Sunday night.

“We all knew it was a big game after losing to Essex in the season opener but when we had to step up, we rose to the challenge,” said Hatch.

A total of 18 penalties were called for 71 minutes. With 673 in attendance, Hatch said the game had a playoff atmosphere.

“The fans were around the glass cheering loud and penalties were getting called everywhere,” said Hatch. “The pace of the game just kept picking up as it progressed, and we were able to get a quality team win to win in overtime”.

With the win, the Admirals are now 9-3-0-1 on the season and 5-0-0-1 on home ice.

Caleb Paqutte takes a shot on Essex goalie Jax Dhont in the Admirals 4-3 victory in overtime Sunday night at the Libro Centre.

The Admirals are off until Nov. 3 when they visit the Mooretown Flags and the Dresden Jr. Kings on Nov. 9. The Admirals will return to home ice for a home-and-home series when they host the Blenheim Blades Saturday, Nov. 10 and the Lakeshore Canadiens Nov. 11.

“We’re on a roll right now. We just have to continue defending home ice and we’ll see what happens as we move forward in the season.”

 

 

Admirals split games over the weekend

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

After losing to last year’s defending league champions, the Amherstburg Admirals bounced back with a resounding 6-1 win over the Petrolia Flyers.

The Admirals fought hard but would fall 3-1 to the Lakeshore Canadiens Friday night. Their luck would fare better as they would get six goals on Sunday and another great performance by Ben Larder in net to pick up two points on Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association night in front of approximately 500 fans.

Cory Burns scores a first period goal against the Petrolia Flyers Sunday night.

The Admirals showed their depth as six different players found the back of the net. Goals were scored by Cory Burns, Max Clifford, Caleb Paquette, Brett Smith, Bryce McGregor and Josh Talerico.

“The team has bonded, we’re much closer together and it shows on the ice,” said Admirals goalie Ben Larder.

The 21-year-old netminder was just 4:21 away from his fourth shutout this season. He has now won his last five games while starting and has an impressive 1.74 goals against average this season.

With the win, the Admirals are now 4-0-0-1 at home. While head coach/general manager Paul Bortignon and Admirals leading scorer Cory Burns have stated the importance of protecting home ice all season long, Larder said it is also important to play for each other.

“It’s pedal to the metal, doing everything you can for the other guys on the team, because that’s who we play for,” said Larder.

Broden Meloche carries the puck up the ice during Sunday night’s win over Petrolia.

The Admirals host their rival, the Essex 73’s next Sunday. The Admirals lost the only previous meeting between the two teams this year by a final score of 6-3.

“We’re a different team than we were in the season opener,” added Larder. “Yes, we came out flat against them in the first game of the season but that’s just one game.”

To celebrate the holidays, the Admirals are welcoming kids 11 and under free admission to the game with a costume and will be holding a trick-or-treating event following the game in the Admirals dressing room.

 

 

Admirals avenge playoff loss with overtime win

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

The Amherstburg Admirals have waited months to host the Mooretown Flags.

After letting a 3-1 series lead slip away and losing in Game 7 to the Mooretown Flags last year in the first round of the playoffs, Cory Burns and his Admirals teammates have patiently waited for this re-match.

“I think everyone that was on this team last year had this game circled,” said Burns, last year’s league leading goal scorer for the Admirals. “When a team knocks you out like they did to us last year it fires you up even more to get this win.”

Cory Burns (9) celebrates Caleb Paquette’s (A) second period goal with Josh Talerico (24) and Michael Hatch (far right) in Sunday’s overtime win.

The Admirals got off on the right foot when Brett Smith scored midway through the first period to give the Admirals a 1-0 lead.

Ben Larder’s shutout streak would be no more when Mooretown scored with 2:42 remaining in the first period, tying the game. Larder’s 216 minutes and 48 seconds without allowing a goal is the longest streak in Admirals history.

After an early second period goal for the Flags, Caleb Paquette would score for the Admirals to tie the game. With neither team scoring in the third period, the Admirals headed to overtime where Cory Burns would eventually score the game winning goal with 15 seconds remaining.

With the win, the Admirals are now 3-0-0-1 on home ice and have picked up a total of seven out of a possible eight points.

“We want teams to fear coming into this building,” added Burns. “This year at home we’ve been very good.”

The Amherstburg Admirals celebrate Cory Burns overtime winner Sunday night versus the Mooretown Flags. The Admirals also travelled to Wallaceburg last Wednesday night and came away with a 2-0 victory.

The Admirals next game is Friday night on the road as they take on the defending league champions, the Lakeshore Canadiens for the first time this year.

The Admirals will return to home ice Sunday night as they host the Petrolia Flyers for Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association Night. Every player wearing their AMHA hockey jersey will get in free with a canned good. Puck drop at the Libro Centre is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Admirals fall to first place Dresden in OT

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

The Amherstburg Admirals fell short in a 2-1 overtime loss to the first place Dresden Kings this past weekend.

The Admirals got an early lead as Max Clifford scored less than five minutes into the game. That would be the lone goal for Amherstburg.

Jared Ratko helped extend the home shutout streak to 179 minutes but with just 59 seconds remaining in regulation, Nolen Vandenboorn, the league’s leading goal scorer tied the game sending it to overtime. Vandenboorn would score his second of the night and 14th of the season to defeat the Admirals 2-1 in overtime.

Max Clifford (25, left) scores a first period goal less than five minutes into the game versus the Dresden Kings. The Admirals would lose 2-1 in overtime.

“We were missing three key bodies,” said Paul Bortignon, the Admirals head coach and general manager.

The Admirals were without Kyle Meloche after his penalty and fight in the second period led to a game misconduct. Also missing from the lineup was Caleb Paquette, who was unavailable due to a family function, and Travis Campbell.

Despite the loss, Bortignon is happy with the way his team has defended home ice.

“If you’re going to get five of every six points on home ice you’re going to be a happy coach,” said Bortignon. “I think we can build off that. Those are teaching moments for us.”

As of Sunday night, he Admirals are now 4-2-0-1 and have nine points, a feat that took them 11 games to reach last year.

Kyle Meloche (12, left) gets into a tussle with a Dresden player during Sunday’s game at the Libro Centre.

“We know those points are critical especially come playoff time,” added Bortignon. “We’ll take our record now and be happy with it.”

The Admirals next game is Wednesday night in Wallaceburg before returning home Sunday night to host the Mooretown Flags. Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre starts at 7 p.m.