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Admirals win two of their last three games



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Admirals had a busy week with three games and won two of them.

The Admirals (24-11-2-2, 52 points) were in Wheatley Monday night and captured a convincing 6-1 win over the Sharks. Caleb Paquette scored a hat trick for the Admirals. Broden Meloche, Travis Campbell and Cory Burns added the other Amherstburg goals. Ben Larder picked up the win in goal.

Amherstburg’s Travis Campbell fights through a pair of Lakeshore players en route to getting a scoring chance on Canadiens’ goalie Erik Morneau Sunday.

The Admirals lone home game of the week was Sunday night but they fell short against the Lakeshore Canadiens, losing 3-1. Connor Rosaasen scored just 1:20 into the game for the Canadiens with Matt Smith giving Lakeshore a 2-0 lead after two.

Cory Burns cut the Admirals’ deficit to 2-1 at the 1:35 mark of the third period but despite a better effort in the third period, Amherstburg could get no closer. Steven Sartor scored an empty net goal for Lakeshore with just over four seconds left.

Despite taking the loss in net, Admirals goalie Ben Larder had a strong night as he made several key saves to keep his team in the game.

There were no penalties in Sunday night’s game.

“We showed up for 20 minutes,” said Admirals head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. “If wasn’t for Ben Larder, it probably would have been five or six to nothing after two periods.”

Bortignon said the rest of the Admirals players didn’t do enough to support their goalie Sunday night.

“Tonight, he was the best player on the ice by far. We’re not going to beat the best team in the league playing like that.”

The Admirals were “flat” in the first two periods Sunday night and Bortignon said they are 0-3 in their last three games combined against Essex and Lakeshore.

Amherstburg’s Ryan Alexander (16, right) drives around Lakeshore’s Colin Sartor during the first period of Sunday night’s PJHL Stobbs Division game at the Libro Centre. Lakeshore won the game 3-1.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow but we are still focused on getting the last four points,” he said Sunday night.

The Admirals were in Wallaceburg last Wednesday to battle the last place Lakers and came away with a convincing 8-2 win. Travis Campbell and Bryce McGregor each scored two goals. Ryan Holzel, Cole Welsh, Dylan Muzzatti and Broden Meloche also scored for Amherstburg. For Welsh, it was his first with the Admirals.

“We came out with energy,” Bortignon said of last Wednesday night’s contest.

Amherstburg did good things offensively and played well defensively also, as they played a “clean” game with not a lot of turnovers.

The Admirals conclude the regular season this Sunday night at home against Wallaceburg. It will be the final regular season home game for overage players Muzzatti, Dean Patterson, Holzel and Ryan Alexander.


Admirals extend winning streak to five games


By Ron Giofu


The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals winning streak is now at five games after a win in Wheatley Monday night.

The Admirals won 6-3 thanks to two goals from Ryan Alexander and single goals from Bryce McGregor, Josh Talerico, Dylan Muzzatti and Austin Jennings. The win improves Amherstburg’s record to 13-8-2-1, good for 29 points and fourth place in the PJHL Stobbs Division.

Ben Larder had 28 saves Monday night for the Admirals.

Amherstburg’s Travis Campbell (19) gets a scoring chance on Wallaceburg goalie Patrick Timpany during Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg defeated the Lakers 8-1.

The Admirals opened the week with a 6-3 win in Blenheim last Thursday night. McGregor led the way with his first Jr. C hat trick. Head coach/GM Paul Bortignon said they played a solid game throughout.

“I thought we controlled most of that game,” he said. “We played well through two periods. In the third period, I thought we executed very well.”

Also scoring for Amherstburg were Alexander, Ryan Holzel and Cory Burns.

The offence kept rolling Sunday night when the Admirals welcomed the last place Wallaceburg Lakers to the Libro Centre. Amherstburg used a six-goal second period to propel them to an 8-1 win. Four of the Admirals’ eight goals came on the powerplay.

Zack Yott and Talerico each scored twice versus the Lakers with McGregor, Jennings, Travis Campbell and Holzel also scoring.

“For the first period, I thought we were a little slow,” said Bortignon. “A lot of what we put to the net in the second period found its way in. A lot of guys contributed tonight.”

Josh Talerico (24) scores a third period goal against Wallaceburg Sunday night.

The turning point, he believed, was a second period five-on-three powerplay in which the Admirals scored twice.

Bortignon said he thought the Admirals’ defense were “pretty solid” and made some adjustments after the first period that paid off in the second and third periods. Despite beating the last place team, Bortignon emphasized that all wins are important in the PJHL’s Stobbs Division.

Goalie Chris Mitre relieved Larder with just over five minutes to go against Wallaceburg and got his first taste of Jr. C experience. Mitre was called up from the Amherstburg Stars juvenile team while Catalin Morin recovers from injury.

The Admirals play a pair of games this weekend, one on the road and one at home. Amherstburg is in Mooretown this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. while Wheatley comes to town Sunday at 7 p.m.

Admirals win three straight games



By Ron Giofu


Three games, three wins over the past week for Amherstburg’s Jr. C hockey franchise.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won three straight games over the past week, including a 5-2 win in Wallaceburg last Wednesday, a 6-5 win in Dresden last Friday night and a 5-0 win on home ice Sunday night, that game also being against Wallaceburg.

Connor O’Reilly stopped all 23 shots he faced Sunday night while Kyle Meloche, Jordan Luciw, Ryan Alexander, Lucas Bersuk and Austin Jennings scored for Amherstburg. As of press time, the Admirals sat at 9-7 on the year, good for 18 points. Head coach Paul Bortignon was pleased with the results from the past week.

“Aside from the setback (Oct. 24 in Wheatley), we accomplished everything we wanted to,” said Bortignon. “Six of eight points is not bad at all, especially when three of the games were on the road.”

The Admirals’ forwards played a lot more minutes due to injury, he added.

Amherstburg is now two games over .500 but Bortignon said they were not willing to say they have emerged from their early season slump as Essex was on the horizon. The game against the 73’s was Tuesday night in Essex after this issue went to press.

“They are still the top dogs,” said Bortignon.

After the Essex game, the Admirals have a bit of a layoff as they don’t return to game action until Nov. 12. Amherstburg will use the down time to rest, heal injuries and get some additional practice time as they completed a busy stretch with the Essex game. Bortignon said they want to gear up and make up ground they lost in the first part of the season.

Amherstburg’s Lucas Bersuk (left) scores a second period goal Sunday night against Wallaceburg as he buries a rebound from an Aiden Ryan (middle) shot.

Amherstburg’s Lucas Bersuk (left) scores a second period goal Sunday night against Wallaceburg as he buries a rebound from an Aiden Ryan (middle) shot.

Travis Campbell scored a pair of goals while Ryan Alexander, Mark MacPherson, Ryan Holzel and Cory Burns scored in Friday night’s game in Dresden. Dillon Liberty and Kevin Ritzer scored twice for the Jr. Kings while Derek Shaw had the other. Catalin Morin picked up the win in goal for the Admirals.

In the Oct. 26 game in Wallaceburg, Burns scored twice for the Admirals while Zack Yott, Brock Beaudoin and Curtis Prymack also lit the lamp for Amherstburg. Jacob Vancoillie and Trevor Waller scored for the Lakers. O’Reilly picked up the win in goal for the Admirals in that game.

The Nov. 12 game at the Libro Centre is not only the Admirals’ next home game, but they also debut their new jerseys that night. The Blenheim Blades will be the opponents that night with that Saturday night game starting at 7:30 p.m. The Admirals host Dresden the next night at 7 p.m.

The Admirals will also host a Christmas party and comedy night at Shooters Roadhouse Dec. 3. Tickets will be on sale starting with the Nov. 12 game.

Admirals win two, lose one over the past week


By Ron Giofu


The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals won their first two of the three games played over the past week but lost the third one Monday night.

The Admirals lost a 5-2 game in Wheatley Monday night in a game where the Sharks scored four unanswered goals in the third period to pull away for the victory. Zack Yott gave Amherstburg a 1-0 lead after one but Nick Tavolieri-Essex tied it for Wheatley in the second period. Cory Burns’ shorthanded goal 5:55 into the third game Amherstburg a 2-1 lead but goals from Darrin DiMenna, Cole Butler, Tavolieri-Essex and Delaney MacDonald put Wheatley ahead to stay.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Amherstburg.

The Admirals lone home game of the week was a dramatic 4-3 overtime win Saturday night against the Blenheim Blades, who are currently first place in the PJHL’s Western Conference Stobbs Division.

The two teams traded goals in the first period with Blenheim’s Brayden Hopkins scoring first but Dylan Muzzatti tied it for the Admirals about ten minutes after the Hopkins goal.

Though Amherstburg didn’t have a powerplay goal on the night, they did build momentum from a string of Blenheim penalties in the second period and scored two goals. Aidan Ryan and Dean Patterson found the back of the Blades’ net during a period in which the Admirals outshot their opponents 22-5.

Bryce Broad and Braeden Allore tied it for Blenheim in the third period but Jordan Luciw was the hero in overtime, scoring 4:41 into the extra period to give Amherstburg the victory.

“That’s a feel good win,” said Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon. “After giving up a two-goal lead, the guys stuck with their effort. That win was fantastic for us especially against the best team in the league record-wise.”

Amherstburg's Jordan Luciw (left) skates past Blenheim's Braeden Allore during Saturday night's Jr. C hockey game at the Libro Centre. Luciw would score the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Admirals a 4-3 victory.

Amherstburg’s Jordan Luciw (left) skates past Blenheim’s Braeden Allore during Saturday night’s Jr. C hockey game at the Libro Centre. Luciw would score the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Admirals a 4-3 victory.

The Admirals are back in Wallaceburg Wednesday, the same place where they won 6-2 last Wednesday, and then head to Dresden Friday before returning home Sunday night for another game against Wallaceburg. Bortignon said the Admirals will still look to compile points and move up in the standings despite a busy week. Having four games in five nights, counting Monday night’s game in Wheatley, “won’t be easy” but if the team plays as it did in the game against Blenheim, Bortignon believes they can get some more “good, quality wins.”

The Admirals prepared for Saturday’s game as if it was a playoff game, Bortignon added, and it paid off. He said Luciw was the best player on the ice against the Blades.

“He showed what an overage leader can do,” said Bortignon.

The team received solid performances from AP players Kyle Meloche and Garret Blunt as well as Ryan, with Bortignon stating they “did a phenomenal job when called up. Big hats off to (Ryan, Meloche and Blunt),” said Bortignon. The Admirals had some openings in the lineup with James Brooks and Mitch Holden no longer being with the team.

The Admirals win in Wallaceburg saw Ryan Alexander lead the way with two goals.

The Jr. C team also held its annual golf tournament Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor. The tournament was originally scheduled for Oct. 1 but wet weather caused it to be pushed back. A total of 84 golfers participated with roughly 20 more coming for the dinner afterward. A final total on what was raised was not available as of press time.

Cory Burns (18) directs a shot towards Blenheim goalie Eric Stewardson last Saturday night during the Admirals' 4-3 win.

Cory Burns (18) directs a shot towards Blenheim goalie Eric Stewardson last Saturday night during the Admirals’ 4-3 win.

“The parents came through with the donation of prizes,” said tournament co-ordinator Mary Ewer.

They received corporate sponsorships from Morton Industries, National Sports and Mopar, but Ewer said the parents stepped up in a big way.

“This group of parents are phenomenal,” she said. “It’s truly a family effort.”

The Admirals game this Sunday against Wallaceburg is at 7 p.m. with children under 12 in a Halloween costume getting in for free. The children will also receive an opportunity to trick-or-treat in the Admirals dressing room after the game.

The team is also unveiling new uniforms in a few weeks. The new-look Admirals will play their first game in their new uniforms Nov. 12, another Saturday night game with Blenheim.

Admirals split pair of road games over the past week


By RTT Staff

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals are still in second place in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League standings after Sunday night’s game in Blenheim but the Blades closed the gap with the Admirals.

The difference between the Admirals and Blades was three points entering the game but was one point after the game ended thanks to Blenheim’s 2-0 victory. Brendan Ritchie and Dustin Maines scored in the first and third periods respectively to lead Blenheim to the win.

Former Admiral Klinton Kenney made 27 saves for the shutout.

The Admirals’ record is now 23-11-3-1 on the season, good for 50 points.

The game in Blenheim was the second of a three-game road trip for the Admirals, the first being a 5-2 win last Wednesday night in Wallaceburg. Amherstburg took a 4-0 lead midway through the second period on goals by Travis Campbell, Lucas Bersuk, James Brooks and Broden Meloche. Wallaceburg scored one in the second and one in the third to cut Amherstburg’s lead to 4-2 before Meloche scored his second of the game with just under five minutes to play.

The Admirals had 52 shots in the Wallaceburg game.

The road trip concludes Friday night in Lakeshore. The Admirals return home this Sunday night for a game against the Wheatley Sharks in what will be the regular season finale.