Untimely penalties undo otherwise solid Admirals’ effort against Essex

 

 

Amherstburg’s Kyle Morand (left) escapes the clutches of Essex forward Daniel Slipchuk during third period action Sunday night. Slipchuk would later score the winning goal in Essex’s 2-1 victory.

Amherstburg’s Kyle Morand (left) escapes the clutches of Essex forward Daniel Slipchuk during third period action Sunday night. Slipchuk would later score the winning goal in Essex’s 2-1 victory.

By Ron Giofu

 

A string of third period penalties were the undoing of the Amherstburg Admirals Sunday night as the team lost a close 2-1 decision to the Essex 73’s.

The Admirals, fresh off a 4-3 shootout win Friday night in Dresden, got a powerplay goal from Mark Sobocan in the second period and that looked for a while that it might be the game-winner. However, five penalties in a two-minute stretch – three of which went against the Admirals, allowed Essex to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.

Jordan Ryan scored on a five-on-three powerplay and Daniel Slipchuk scored an even-strength goal just 45 seconds later to give Essex the win.

“Penalties killed us at the end,” said Admirals head coach/GM Greg Prymack. “We shot ourselves in the foot.”

Despite the loss, Prymack said the Admirals (15-15-1-1) showed they could compete with the first-place 73’s (28-3-1-2).

“Five-on-five, we can play with them,” he said.

Prymack believed Sunday night’s game came down to discipline and said his team had it for 57 of 60 minutes. He said the penalties were due to his players being “exuberant” adding that “sometimes you’ve got to take a deep breath.”

Goaltender Arren Romeril “played fantastic,” Prymack stated, but noted that it was a tough game to lose.

“It’s a heartbreaker,” he said. “Every point is so important down the stretch.”

Romeril, who stopped 29 of 31 Essex shots, admitted it was emotional going up against the team he started the season with. He said he enjoys playing in Amherstburg and thought the Admirals played one of their best efforts of the year.

“I think we definitely played one of our best games of the season. Penalties cost us late,” said Romeril. “We showed we can play with them. As long as we stay out of the box, we can beat anyone.”

The Admirals are in Blenheim Wednesday night before returning home this Sunday for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff against the Alvinston Flyers. The 40-game regular season concludes Feb. 1, though no make-up date has been announced for the Wallaceburg game that was postponed due to weather Jan. 5.

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