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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.

Admirals pick up wins over Petrolia and Wallaceburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals have four wins and two losses on the young PJHL Stobbs Division season with two wins coming over the past week.

The Admirals most recent game was an 8-0 romp over the Wallaceburg Lakers Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg overcame a slow start as they led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Cory Burns but were outshot 11-5 in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second period, the Admirals blitzed the Lakers with seven goals with two coming from Caleb Paquette. Michael Hatch, Cole Welsh, Kyle Meloche, Dean DeLuca and Max Clifford also scored for Amherstburg.

Ben Larder picked up the shutout for the Admirals, who have not allowed a goal in their first two home games.

Admirals forward Brett Smith (8) gets a second period scoring chance against Wallaceburg Sept. 30. Amherstburg scored seven second period goals Sunday night en route to an 8-0 victory.

“Obviously we weren’t ready to go in the first period,” said Admirals GM/head coach Paul Bortignon. “I think our vets did a great job after the first period having a chat amongst themselves.”
That chat paid off as Amherstburg scored early and often in the second period en route to the victory.

“The biggest thing about that game is not giving up a goal,” said Bortignon.

Bortignon said while they weren’t engaged in the first period, they were able to play well defensively throughout and was happy with the shutout.

“After the first period, the guys did a great job to regroup,” he said.

Admirals forward Caleb Paquette tries to avoid a collision with Wallaceburg goalie Patrick Timpany all the while being checked by Matt Tourigny during Sunday night’s 8-0 Amherstburg victory. Paquette scored two of the Admirals’ seven second period goals during Sunday night’s Jr. C hockey game.

The Admirals picked up a 4-2 win last Thursday night in Petrolia, with three of the four goals coming on the powerplay. Bortignon said they had other opportunities to score in that game and said goalie Jared Ratko played well.

Petrolia is a tough rink to play in, Bortignon stated, and the Admirals battled hard to get the victory.

“It was a good road win,” said Bortignon.

Amherstburg has now won three straight hockey games after a tough start to the year in which the first three games were on the road. The first of the three wins was against a strong Dresden club, and the Kings will be looking for revenge this Sunday back at the Libro Centre. Bortignon said if the Admirals focus on their defensive play, the offensive will come.

Dean DeLuca (16) brings the puck up the ice during the Admirals’ 8-0 win over the Wallaceburg Lakers Sept. 30 at the Libro Centre.

“The biggest part for us is to focus on the D-zone,” he said.

Sunday’s game against Dresden starts at 7 p.m.

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.