Playoffs 2015

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Amherstburg downs Wheatley in overtime, 5-4 (OT)

Libro Centre    Sun, Feb 08, 2015

Blake Rutckyj gave the Amherstburg Admirals a 5-4 (OT) victory over the Wheatley Sharks when he scored 6:12 into the extra period.

After the loss made the series score 3-0 in the best of seven series, Wheatley faces elimination next time out.

Amherstburg came back from a three-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Admirals trailed 3-0 after a power play goal by the Sharks' Dylan Enns at 6:44 in the second period. Amherstburg knotted things up at 4-4 on a goal by Chad Copeland at 17:25 in the third period.

Copeland had a great game for the Admirals, netting two goals.

Wheatley was unable to stop Amherstburg from sending pucks towards the net, and the Admirals eventually piled up 56 shots on goal. Amherstburg had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just two goals on nine chances.

Amherstburg also got a goal from Mark Sobocan as well. Other players who recorded assists for Amherstburg were Brett Beattie, who had one, Dan Matoski, who had two, and James Brooks, who had three.

The Sharks forced the Admirals goalie Arren Romeril to work between the pipes, taking 52 shots. Team could not crack Amherstburg's penalty kill and was held to two power play goals while having nine opportunities to play with the man advantage.

Wheatley was helped by Michael Travis, who had one goal. Travis scored short handed 19:43 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Wheatley. The Sharks played down a man on Chris Warkentin's interference. Enns provided the assist. Wheatley also got points from Austin Thompson, who also registered one goal and one assist, Enns, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Scott Florence, who also racked up one goal and one assist. In addition, Wheatley received assists from Jimmy Ciacelli, who had two and Riley Enns and Antonio Ciampa, who each chipped in one.

The Admirals' Romeril stopped 48 shots out of the 52 that he faced. Amherstburg ended with 56 minutes in penalty time with 13 minors and four majors. Team's Rutckyj, Matoski, Beattie, and Alex Popel were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game. Conner MacKinnon rejected 51 shots on goal for Wheatley. The Sharks ended with 39 minutes in penalty time with 12 minors and three majors. For Wheatley, Enns, Thompson, Florence, and Ciampa were ejected from the contest.