It’s finally here. The inaugural regular season game. Your Amherstburg Admirals against the defending champs, the Essex 73’s. Does it get any better than this?

No, no it doesn’t.

Introducing your Amersburg Admirals!

1. Clinton Kenny
4. Mark Sobocan
5. Kyle Morand
7. Kyler Carter
8. Ryan Jones
9. Steven Spada
10. Connor Rennie
11. Josh Lafromboise
12. Daniel Bachynsky
14. Dan Matoski
15. Zach Brown
16. Curtis Prymack
18. Blake Rutckyj
19. Brett Beattie
20. Chad Copeland
21. Colin Hamilton
22. Andy Britton
24. Luke Gagnon
33. Chris Wallace

We have a packed house here at the UCCU. The pre-game jitters extend all the way to the press box. Let’s get the season started!

 

FIRST PERIOD

After some pre-game ceremonies, we’re ready for puck drop. Let’s go Admirals!

20:00- Admirals win the opening faceoff. Gotta be a good sign, right?

18:30- Big hit by Ryan Jones behind the Admirals net. That should get the boys fired up.

17:18- Long stretch pass JUST misses a streaking Matovski flying up the center of the ice.

15:46- Big save by Clinton Kenny, after a bit of a defensive lapse by the Admirals.

14:16- Admirals doing a good job of getting the puck deep and pressuring the Essex defence, causing lots of turnovers.

13:09- Kyle Morand makes a great rush up the ice with the puck but Beattie is just a hair offside. Good to see that the defencemen have confidence with the puck early on.

12:06- HUGE diving save by Kenny as he robbed the Essex forward of a wide open net. Complete desperation by Kenny but somehow he kept it out to keep this game scoreless.

10:50- ESSEX GOAL. An unfortunate rebound after a bit of a scramble out front and Eric Shaw puts it past Kenny. Shaw from Garon and Beaulieu. 1-0 Essex.

8:39- A quick wraparound by Spada after a blocked shot is kept out by Essex goalie Arren Romeril.

8:08- ESSEX GOAL. The 73’s get another quick one as Tyler Scott slips it past Kenny. Scott from Hebert and Clarke. 2-0 Essex.

7:29- Amherstburg will need a big kill as Sobocan goes off for hooking.

7:12- ESSEX GOAL. They don’t get it as Slipchuk put’s Essex up by three. Slipchuk from Thibert and Beaulieu. 3-0 Essex.

6:41- Copeland makes a nice rush up the middle and gets a shot off, but a nice save by Romeril preserves the three goal lead.

6:41- A big chance here for the Admirals to cut into the defecit as they get their first powerplay of the night.

5:40- ESSEX GOAL. The Essex captain makes it a three point night as he gets a shorthanded goal. Beaulieu from Garon. 4-0 Essex.

2:32- The Admirals go back on the powerplay with the hopes that this one turns out better than the last. Beaulieu goes off for hooking.

2:21- Big save by Romeril as the Admirals throw the kitchen sink at him. Good pressure by the Admirals, they need to get some momentum back.

1:25- Romeril continues to stand on his head here for Essex. Another three big saves on the Admirals powerplay.

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD

The Admirals need to chip away at this lead. Gotta look at it one goal at a time. Lots of hockey left. If they tighten up defensively and keep getting quality scoring chances, the goals are bound to come.

 

SECOND PERIOD

19:07- Spada with an early chance here for Amherstburg. Pucks to the net is crucial for us now.

16:12- Brown gets a misconduct for a head check and the Admirals go back on the penalty kill. Penalty being served by Gagnon.

14:26- Admirals will get a penalty shot after Dan Matoski gets hauled down on a breakaway.

14:26- Matoski beats Romeril BADLY, but puts it off the crossbar.

10:41- ESSEX GOAL. The 73’s strike again as Janikowski gets one past Kenny. Janikowski from McIntyre and Bromley. 5-0 Essex.

5:32- Nice chance for Hamilton after a great pass from Spada but Romeril shuts the door once again.

5:04- Amherstburg will get another shot on the powerplay as Solecki trips Morand as he’s coming around the net.

4:21- It’s looking like nothing will get by Romeril tonight as Jones’ point shot gets tipped and Romeril reacts in time to keep it out.

2:47- Kenny makes a big save of his own as an Essex point shot gets tipped right out front.

END OF THE SECOND PERIOD

A better period from Amherstburg as they were able to establish a lot more offensive pressure. Despite the score there have been some positives that the Admirals can take from the game. It’s important that they keep battling in the third period and not fall into some bad habits.

 

THIRD PERIOD

17:21- Some great sustained pressure from Amherstburg. They have looked really good since the rough start, they just can’t find a way to beat Romeril.

15:23- Spada and Rutckyj both robbed by Romeril off a scramble in front. This could easily be a 5-5 game right now. Romeril is my first star of the game by far.

10:03- A couple of penalties against the Admirals and they’ll have a two-man disadvantage for over a minute and a half.

8:59- ESSEX GOAL. And Essex capitalizes. Thibert from Beaulieu and Slipchuk. 6-0 Essex.

8:22- Rutckyj makes a nice move to break in alone but Romeril, once again, keeps the puck out.

END OF THE THIRD PERIOD

A Rough game for the Admirals tonight. We gotta forget about this one and move on to Wheatley tomorrow. There are some positives that can be taken from this game though. All is not lost!

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