Wheatley Sharks

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 fall 4-3 in overtime in first pre-season game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals hit the ice Sunday night in pre-season action and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Wheatley Sharks.

However, the loss didn’t faze the Admirals too much as they got a chance to look at some players that could crack the 2018-19 lineup.

Admirals GM/head coach Paul Bortignon said many pre-season games are low scoring so he was happy with the play Sunday night.

Amherstburg’s Isaac Hammond (44) gets a scoring chance during the second period of Sunday night’s pre-season game against the Wheatley Sharks at the Libro Centre.

“I thought the pace was good,” he said.

Bortignon said the Admirals, who had a 3-1 lead early in the third period, don’t want to squander two-goal leads at any point in the season. They were able, though, given a good opportunity to see some younger players and Bortignon was pleased that they were able to see some legitimate physical action in the game rather than one where the teams went through the motions.

“I thought both teams battled hard,” he said. “There were guys we wanted to see step up and they did tonight.”

The second and final exhibition game will be in Wheatley Sept. 7 and after that Bortignon said the final roster will be decided up. The Jr. C team also hosts its annual golf tournament Sept. 9 at Sutton Creek Golf Course with the cost being $140 per golfer or $45 for a steak dinner.

Max Clifford (left, 11) takes the puck around the Wheatley goal as he is being watched by Jordan Paquette of the Sharks (right). Wheatley came back from a two-goal third period deficit and won Sunday night’s pre-season game 4-3 in
overtime. The two teams have another pre-season game in Wheatley Sept. 7.

For more information on the golf tournament, e-mail mary_ewer@hotmail.com.

The Admirals open the regular season Sept. 11 in Essex with the home opener scheduled for Sept. 23 versus Dresden.

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 have three-game winning streak snapped by Wheatley

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals entered Sunday night’s game against the Wheatley Sharks on a three-game winning streak but could not extend it any further.

The Admirals lost 4-3 to the Sharks at the Libro Centre though head coach/GM Paul Bortignon believed his team played well. After Dylan Muzzatti gave the Admirals the lead in the first period, Carter Mastronardi’s tip-in tied it for Wheatley before the opening 20 minutes was complete.

Amherstburg forward Ryan Holzel goes head over heels after scoring a goal in Mooretown Saturday night. The Admirals won this game 4-2. (Photo by John Holzel)

Jake Pickersgill and Antonio Ciampa gave Wheatley a 3-1 lead in the third period but Ryan Alexander cut it to a 3-2 game with a goal for Amherstburg. Ryan Zsebok restored Wheatley’s two-goal lead but the Admirals kept fighting and Caleb Paquette scored with roughly 18 seconds left in the game to round out the scoring.

It was the third game in four nights for the Admirals, who defeated Blenheim and Mooretown on the road last Thursday and Saturday nights.

“In a week with three games, to come out with four out of six points is not bad,” said Bortignon.

Amherstburg’s Ryan Alexander (16) lunges for a puck in front of Wheatley goalie Daniel Tonietto during PJHL Stobbs Division action Sunday night at the Libro Centre. Wheatley won this game 4-3.

Bortignon said they may have been “a step behind” Sunday night but didn’t want to use the fact they played three games in a week as an excuse

“We battled right up until the final buzzer and we came up a shot short,” he said after Sunday night’s game. “I think we made the goalie look better than he was tonight.”

Wheatley goalie Daniel Tonietto, an Amherstburg native and former Admiral, made 32 saves on the night. Ben Larder made 23 saves in the Admirals’ net.

“Overall, our defense was good today. (Wheatley) got a couple of bounces in the high slot. I think we were the better team but we came up a shot short.”

The Admirals won 4-1 last Thursday in Blenheim last Thursday in a game that Bortignon said featured a solid 60-minute effort from his team. Travis Campbell returned from injury with a pair of goals while Cory Burns and Travis Campbell also scored. Larder made 27 saves in that game.

Saturday night’s game was in Mooretown and saw the Admirals record a 4-2 win thanks to goals from David Cooke, Paquette, Holzel and Muzzatti. Larder made 39 saves in that game.

“I think we controlled the game for the most part,” said assistant coach Matt Fox, who filled in for Bortignon Saturday night.

The Admirals had penalty trouble at points Saturday, Fox said, but once they escaped that in the third period, they took over and scored three goals.

“We got the result we wanted,” he said.

Caleb Paquette gets a scoring chance against Wheatley goalie Daniel Tonietto in the third period of Sunday night’s game at the Libro Centre.

The Admirals (6-6-2-1, 15 points) opened their dressing room after the game with local children trick-or-treating and getting candy from the players.

The local Jr. C hockey team’s lone game this week is Friday in Lakeshore at 7 p.m. They follow that up with games on three straight nights Nov. 10-12, with the Nov. 10 game being in Dresden. Their next home game is Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. versus Blenheim with Mooretown coming to Amherstburg the following night, also at 7 p.m.