Midget Major Stars outshine Ravens 6-4

By Joel Charron

Chalk up another win for the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars.

The Stars improved their record to 6-1-1 after handing the visiting Essex Ravens a 6-4 loss Saturday evening at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

The Stars win is the squad’s third win in a row and according to head coach Matt Fox the team’s record is something the Stars should be feeling good about.

“We’re playing pretty good. One loss and a tie is something to be happy about,’ said Fox.

Fox also added he’s interested to see how the team will play against “A” team since the Stars have play the majority of their games against “AA” teams.

It only took Dean Shepley just over a minute to find the back of the net, giving the Stars a quick 1-0 lead.

The Stars would capitalize on the power play with Eric Shaw lighting the lamp and Jack St. Louis

Eric Shaw (left) and Jack St. Louis apply pressure to the Essex goalie by crashing the net in third period action Saturday night.

pushing the lead to 3-0 in the dying minutes of the first period. St. Louis and Rosati each picked up a helper on the second goal while Spencer Petrozzi was credited on the third goal.

Frank Desjardins would notch his sixth goal of the season 11 minutes into the second period while Mike Popel would make it 5-0 with a shorthanded goal halfway through the second.

The Ravens would finally get on the board with a power play goal shortly after the Stars fifth goal and would add another one 1:10 into the third period.

Stars captain Dan Bondy answered the Ravens second goal quickly.

With a 6-2 lead the Stars eased off, allowing the Ravens to score two quick goals just over a minute a part, cutting the lead to 6-4.

However that would as close as the Ravens would get as the Stars held off Essex for the 6-4 win.

After the game Fox said the Stars “took their foot off the gas” midway through the third period which allowed Essex to gain a little life, however Fox stated that when it came down to it his boys did their job.

“Two goals isn’t that close,” said Fox. “I’m not that worried about it. Our boys stepped up and showed them (Essex) who runs it.”

Stars defenseman Duncan Scott said the win may have been ugly but they will “take it and run.”

Scott also mentioned that the Stars power play is tough for any team to handle.

“Our forwards are really smart, they know where to go down low,” said Scott. “We’re good cycling the puck from the line and getting it deep and making plays happen.”

Scott said the team is “really starting to coming together” off the ice, which is translating to productive play between the boards.

“We’re all a good bunch of kids and we all get along,” said Scott.

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