PJHL Stobbs Division

Admirals win fifth straight game, set franchise records



By Christian Bouchard


The Amherstburg Admirals are heating up and setting records.

After winning their last five games, the Admirals are in third place in the Bill Stobbs division of the PJHL.

The Admirals defeated the first place Dresden Kings with a dominating 8-0 road victory Friday night before returning to home ice Sunday to take on the Wheatley Sharks for the first time this season. The Admirals scored three third period goals and Jared Ratko made 34 saves to secure the Admirals second consecutive shutout victory.

Josh DiCarlo (8) and Josh Talerico (24) celebrate DiCarlo’s first Jr. C goal for his hometown team. Amherstburg defeated Wheatley 4-0 Sunday night.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Cory Burns was awarded the Player of the Month award for the month of November. Burns played in seven games while recording 10 goals and six assists. The veteran would also add assists in Sunday’s victory making him the franchise leading point scorer with 150 points.

“An individual award is nice to be recognized but ultimately, I’m looking for us to win a team award such as a championship,” said Burns.

In addition to Burns setting the franchise record for points, Captain Auston Jennings also recorded two assists Sunday, making him the franchise leader in assists with 98.

The Admirals also added to their scoring depth by signing Amherstburg native Josh DiCarlo over the weekend. The 17-year-old was paired with Burns on the top line and wasted no time as he scored his first goal for his hometown team Sunday night.

“I love playing for the hometown,” said DiCarlo. “When I was a little kid, I watched the Admirals and I always dreamed of playing for them. Now that dream is a reality.”

Cory Burns accepts his award for Player of the Month before Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre, won by the Admirals 4-0.

Despite the offensive talents, the Admirals are also showing off their defense as well. The Admirals are leading the Bills Stobbs division in fewest goals allowed as Ben Larder and Jared Ratko have combined for a total of 49 goals against in 25 games.

“That goes right to our goaltending,” added Burns. “We’ve had good goaltending all year and we put a lot of work in the defensive zone at practice. We’ve shut things down and it shows on our home ice for sure.”

The Admirals also travelled to Wallaceburg last Wednesday night where they picked up a 5-2 win over the winless Lakers.

The Admirals are now 17-5-0-3 for the season and a league best 10-1-0-1 on home ice. Amherstburg’s next game is this Sunday as they host the Mooretown Flags at 7 p.m., at the Libro Centre.

Admirals thump Blenheim 7-2



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Admirals erupted for four goals in the second period Sunday night and used that to propel themselves to a 7-2 win over the Blenheim Blades.

The Admirals got first period goals from Reid Stieler and Josh Talerico but the Blades would tie it before the period ended. Travis Campbell, Kyle Meloche, Cory Burns and Stieler would score in the second to allow the home team to pull away before Amilio Acampora netted a third period goal.

Amherstburg’s Christian McBride (27) handles the puck in the corner as he is being watched by Blenheim’s Cam Wheeler (6).

Amherstburg scored seven goals on only 23 shots while Blenheim fired 38 at Admirals’ goalie Ben Larder.

The win improved the Admirals’ record to 13-5-0-3, good for 29 points. They are now 8-1-0-1 at the Libro Centre.

Stieler felt good about his two-goal effort, saying “obviously it’s nice to get some recognition and get some goals” but he noted he is more of a defensive defenseman.

“I think we came out really strong which is something we’ve been lacking lately,” he said

The Admirals let their foot off the gas in the last half of the first period but Stieler said they were re-energized in the second period.

“We kind of shut them down,” he said. “We dealt with the stuff they were doing and shut them down.”

Cory Burns (9) scores a second period goal Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Burns’ goal was one of four second period goals in a 7-2 Admirals’ win.

The Admirals don’t play again until next Sunday when they return to home ice for a 7 p.m. game against the defending PJHL Stobbs Division champion Lakeshore Canadiens. Stieler said it will be nice to get some rest after a tough stretch of games, allow some players to heal some injuries and get some practice time in.

Amherstburg lost their only other game last week, a 5-4 overtime decision in Petrolia last Thursday night. The Admirals trailed 4-2 after two periods but Cory Burns forced overtime with a pair of goals in the third period. Matt Hunt scored the winner 5:04 into overtime for the Flyers. Austin Jennings and Broden Meloche had second period goals that night for Amherstburg.

Admirals lose overtime decision in Mooretown



By Ron Giofu


The only game of the week for the Amherstburg Admirals didn’t go the way they had hoped.

The Admirals were on the road last Saturday night in Mooretown but dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Flags. Amherstburg had built a 3-1 lead after two periods on goals by Max Clifford, Josh Jacobs and Dean DeLuca but the Flags got third period goals by Brock Perry and Cameron Rannie, the latter scoring his second of the game at the 16:27 mark of the third period.

Perry would add his second of the game 3:28 into the extra period to give Mooretown the victory.

Amherstburg outshot Mooretown 34-32 on the night.

The Admirals are now 9-3-0-2 on the season, good for 20 points, but they are fifth in the PJHL Stobbs Division behind Dresden, Essex, Lakeshore and Mooretown. However, Amherstburg has games in hand on all four teams ahead of them in the standings.

It will be a busy weekend for the Admirals as they have three games in three days coming up. Amherstburg heads to Dresden Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Jr. Kings. After that, the Admirals return home where they are thus far undefeated this season for a pair of games. The Blenheim Blades comes to the Libro Centre Saturday night while the defending division champion Lakeshore Canadiens come to town Sunday night.

Both of this weekend’s home games start at 7 p.m.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier the following week, with a Nov. 13 tilt in Essex and a Nov. 18 home game versus Mooretown Nov. 18.

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 begin 2018-19 season with 1-1 record



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Admirals are 1-1 to start the 2018-19 PJHL Stobbs Division season.

The local Jr. C hockey team’s most recent game was a 5-2 victory Sunday night in Blenheim. The game was delayed due to a reported hydro loss in Blenheim but once it did, the powerplays for both teams showed they were powerful as the first four goals of the game were scored with the man-advantage.

Austin Jennings made it 2-0 for the Admirals with a goal in the first period and another goal in the second but the Blades tied it on goals by Connor Wright and Brodie Conlon. Ty Moss and Kyle Meloche restored Amherstburg’s two-goal lead before the second period was out.

Moss added his second of the game on a third period powerplay.

The Admirals began the season last Tuesday night with a 6-3 loss in Essex.

Amherstburg’s Christian McBride (white jersey, 27) crashes the net during last Tuesday’s game in Essex.

Bryce Ryan scored for Essex in the first period and it stayed that way until midway through the second when the 73’s expanded their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Dawson Winchester. Ty Moss scored his first Jr. C goal a little over two minutes after Winchester’s first goal of night, but Winchester would strike again shortly after Moss’ goal to give Essex a 3-1 lead.

The 73’s expanded their lead to 5-1 with a pair of goals early in the third period from Curtis Jackson and Quinn Fazekas, the latter on a powerplay, but the Admirals did not quit and scored two of their own as Cory Burns and Caleb Paquette made it a 5-3 game. Paquette’s goal came while the Admirals had a man-advantage of their own.

However, Michael Vieira’s shorthanded empty net goal with just over two minutes left sealed the deal and was the final goal in Essex’s victory.

“Ultimately, they were a cleaner team when it came to the defensive zone,” said Admirals GM/head coach Paul Bortignon after the game against the 73’s. “(Essex goalie) Jax D’Hondt gave them stops when they needed them.”

Dean DeLuca (16) and Broden Meloche battle with Essex players in front of the 73’s goal/

Bortignon said they never want to get down 5-1 in a game but did like how his team responded when they did so in Essex. He said the last 11 minutes of that game was something to build on as they had scoring chances and “our best players were our best players.”

The Admirals’ goal remains to get better every game, he said, and that he was pleased with how the first-year players performed against the 73’s.

“From the standpoint of the first-year players, I thought we did well tonight,” he said. “That was good to see.”

The Admirals are in Mooretown Saturday night before hosting Dresden Sunday at 7 p.m.