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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.

Admirals go 1-1-1 over the past week



By Ron Giofu


The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won one, lost one and tied another game over the past week.

The Admirals’ week concluded Sunday night at the Libro Centre where the local Jr. C team tied the Dresden Jr. Kings 2-2. The teams were even at one after one period as Josh Talerico (Amherstburg) and Will Tetzlaff (Dresden) traded goals.

Amherstburg forward Cory Burns (blue jersey) scores on Dresden goalie Brendan Johnston 35 seconds into the second period.

The teams also traded goals in the second period as Cory Burns scored for Amherstburg while Derek Shaw tallied for Dresden. The teams were scoreless in the third period and the three-on-three seven-minute overtime period.

“I thought we were OK,” said Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. “We still didn’t get that 60-minute effort.”

Bortignon noted the Admirals didn’t score on the powerplay despite having seven opportunities, including a full five-on-three man advantage in the second period. They also went 0-for-6 Friday night in Dresden, a far cry from the powerplay that went 6-for-8 in an 8-2 win in Petrolia last Thursday.

Amherstburg got goals from eight different players in Petrolia, with goal scorers being Jack Hubbell, Bryce McGregor, Carter Comeau, Ryan Alexander, Burns, Luc Warnock, Kadin Ritchie and Kyle Meloche.

The Petrolia game was the first since a hard skating practice after Bortignon said they were outworked in a loss in Wheatley that was reported in the Oct. 11 issue.

Amherstburg’s David Cooke (22, left) battles for the puck with Dresden’s Dayne Davis during the third period Oct. 15.

The first of two games last week against Dresden was on the road and ended in a 5-2 loss. Ryan Holzel and Burns scored 38 seconds apart for the Admirals in the third period. Bortignon said they had a good first period that night and noted all of the goals Dresden has scored against them this season have been from about six-feet from the net.

Bortignon said they have not had the practice time they’ve wanted and have been battling injuries as about six players are out including some lost to injury Sunday night.

“It’s frustrating but you’ve got to move forward with the cards you are dealt,” said Bortignon.

The Admirals (3-5-2-1, nine points) have a full week off as they don’t play again until this Sunday night at home against Essex so that will give them some of the practice time they need. Bortignon did credit goalie Ben Larder for playing well, noting Larder has been “a big time bright spot for us.”


Admirals down Petrolia 5-3 in regular season opener



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Integrity Admirals defeated the Petrolia Flyers 5-3 in the PJHL Stobbs Division regular season opener, but it is clear the Admirals are looking for a better effort going forward.

Ryan Alexander had a hat trick for Amherstburg Sunday night, including the opening goal 9:20 into the first period. Caleb Paquette made it a 2-0 game 50 seconds later. A bad bounce for Amherstburg led to a Connor Lovell goal and made it a 2-1 game but Alexander scored again at the 19:19 mark of the opening period making it a 3-1 game at the first intermission.

Amherstburg’s Caleb Paquette (6, left) rounds the Petrolia net with the puck while being watched by Eric Marsh.

The Flyers tied it on goals by Eric Campbell and Eric Marsh in the second period but captain Dylan Muzzatti’s goal gave the Admirals the lead after 40 minutes. Muzzatti also had two assists on the night.

Alexander scored a powerplay goal with approximately three minutes to play in the third period to round out the scoring.

Amherstburg outshot Petrolia 39-26 on the night.

“We came out pretty strong for the first little bit. We died down after that. We didn’t play a full 60 minutes,” said Alexander.

Alexander credited his teammates for the hat trick.

“None of the goals were unassisted,” he said. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates.”

The Admirals did a good job picking each other up but Alexander emphasized they have to have a better effort in future games.

“I’m glad we got the two points but we’ve got to have better efforts down the road,” he said. “Down the road, we can’t get away with playing ten minutes out of a full 60.”

Alexander said “expectations are always as high as they can be” for the season and that while they have some new faces this year, they have players with a good work ethic that will get better as the 2017-18 season goes on.

Amherstburg forward Cory Burns (9) crashes the net during Sunday’s 5-3 win over Petrolia. The Admirals got three goals from Ryan Alexander and single goals from Dylan Muzzati and Caleb Paquette in the season opening win.

Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon also pointed out they didn’t have the best effort on the night.

“What I told our guys was to be happy with the result but don’t be happy with the effort,” said Bortignon. “The effort wasn’t quite there tonight.”

If they have similar efforts in future games, the Admirals likely will be on the opposite end of the result, Bortignon believed. He attributed the less than stellar effort to first game jitters but said there was more intensity from the rookies through the veterans during the pre-season.

“Overall, it was not good enough,” he said. “We obviously have to get better and get better in a hurry.”

Bortignon was happy with the two points and the Admirals’ penalty killing, but didn’t think they were as good as they should be five-on-five or on the powerplay.

“It’s tough to pick out a lot of positives in a game like that,” he added.

Assistant coach/co-owner Matt Fox said the team was pleased with the attendance, noting they got a lot of support from the town.

“It was great to see,” said Fox.

The Admirals were in Essex Tuesday night, after this issue of the RTT went to press. They have two weekend games at the Libro Centre this weekend, hosting Blenheim Saturday and Mooretown Sunday. Both weekend games are at 7 p.m.

Admirals pick up pair of wins over Petrolia


By Ron Giofu


The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals have two regular season games left and are eager for the playoffs.

The Admirals have clinched third place in the PJHL’s Stobbs Division with two wins last week over the Petrolia Flyers, the second of the two games being Sunday night at the Libro Centre. The Admirals won 5-2 Sunday night.

Caleb Paquette scored a pair of first period goals to give Amherstburg a 2-0 lead after one period. Jordan Luciw gave the Admirals a 3-0 advantage before Hunter Bryce’s powerplay goal got the Flyers on the board. Paquette restored the three-goal Amherstburg lead before the period was out with a powerplay goal to complete his hat trick.

Admirals forward Kyle Meloche (55) gets a scoring chance during first period action against Petrolia. Diving to try and make the save is Flyers goalie Noah Smith. Amherstburg won 5-2 Sunday night.

Admirals forward Kyle Meloche (55) gets a scoring chance during first period action against Petrolia. Diving to try and make the save is Flyers goalie Noah Smith. Amherstburg won 5-2 Sunday night.

Dylan Muzzatti’s wrist shot found the back of the net to give the Admirals a 5-1 lead in the third period but Bryce scored another powerplay goal to round out the scoring.

“It’s nice to get the two points and all four points this week,” said Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon. “I don’t think the effort is where it needs to be.”

The Admirals will finish third, behind Essex and Lakeshore, and ahead of Blenheim and while they will definitely not overlook their next two opponents – the 73’s and the Canadiens – Bortignon said it’s been a long season as they’ve had to deal with injuries. The team is ready for the playoffs and hope to have a full lineup, he added.

Jordan Luciw (9) unleashes a shot which resulted in a second period goal Sunday night as part of the Admirals’ 5-2 victory.

Jordan Luciw (9) unleashes a shot which resulted in a second period goal Sunday night as part of the Admirals’ 5-2 victory.

A flu bug hit the Admirals last week with several regulars not playing Sunday night, he said.

This week’s games, which saw Amherstburg travel to Essex last night after this issue went to press and a home game this Sunday night versus Lakeshore, will give the Admirals a taste of a playoff atmosphere before the playoffs.

“It’s good preparation for them,” said Bortignon. “Hopefully our guys are ready to go.”

Bortignon also pointed out Paquette had a hat trick in Thursday night’s game in Petrolia, a 7-3 Admirals victory.

Much like Sunday night’s game, Paquette scored the first two goals in that game as he had the only first period goal and the first goal of the second period, the latter being a shorthanded goal.

Blake Hayes and Mark McNally tied the game for the Flyers but Paquette and Aaron Jacobs gave the Admirals a 4-2 lead after two periods.

Amherstburg’s Cory Burns (right) battles for the puck with Petrolia’s Mitchell Meston during Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg’s Cory Burns (right) battles for the puck with Petrolia’s Mitchell Meston during Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre.

McNally’s second of the game cut the Admirals’ lead to 4-3 but Ryan Wismer, Muzzatti and Dean Patterson scored three straight goals to put the game away for Amherstburg. Muzzatti’s goal was on the powerplay while Patterson’s goal was shorthanded.

Matt Badour picked up the win in goal Thursday while Catalin Morin was the winning goaltender in Sunday night’s game.

The Admirals’ record is now 26-12 for 52 points through 38 of the 40-game regular season schedule.

Admirals to play Petrolia in make-up game this Saturday night

By RTT Staff


The heavy snowfall the area had on Sunday wreaked havoc on the PJHL schedule, including the game that was to be played in Amherstburg.

Due to the weather conditions, the game between the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals and the Petrolia Flyers was postponed. A make-up date has now been announced and the game will be played this Saturday (Dec. 17) at 7:30 p.m.


The Admirals next game is scheduled for Wednesday night (Dec. 14) in Wallaceburg with Amherstburg also scheduled to have a road game this Friday night (Dec. 16) in Dresden.

Their next home game is next Sunday night (Dec. 18) against the Wheatley Sharks.


Sr. Boys basketball   The General Amherst Bulldogs and the Villanova Wildcats opened the 2016-17 WECSSAA senior boys basketball season last Thursday at Villanova.

The Wildcats pulled off a 47-36 win in their home opener with two road games scheduled for this week. Villanova was at Essex Tuesday night after this issue went to press with a game at L’Essor Thursday afternoon.

Conversely, the Bulldogs have two home games this week. They hosted L’Essor Tuesday night and will welcome the Brennan Cardinals Thursday evening.


Sr. Boys hockey   The General Amherst Bulldogs fell to 1-3-1 on the 2016-17 WECSSAA Tier 1 boys hockey season after losing 6-3 at Belle River last Wednesday. The game, played at the Atlas Tube Centre, saw Brock Beaudoin, Kyle Drouillard and Dean Emerson score for the Bulldogs.

Eric Larue led the Nobles’ attack with a hat trick while Hunter Bailey, Reiss Robinson and Colton Candido also tallied for Belle River.

The Bulldogs hosted Sandwich yesterday afternoon after this issue of the RTT went to press. They return to the Libro Centre Thursday afternoon for a 3 p.m. faceoff against the Sandwich Sabres.


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