Amherstburg Stars

Stars juvenile team season ends with home ice loss in OMHA semi-finals

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

For a team that was struggling attracting players early in the season, the Amherstburg Stars juvenile hockey team managed to get to the OMHA semi-final.

The Stars lost 3-2 Monday night to the New Hamburg Huskies, a loss which ended their season. New Hamburg won the six-point series 7-5.

Ernie Godden gave the Stars a 1-0 lead in the first but the Huskies tied it before the period was out and took the lead early in the third period. Godden tied it with a shorthanded goal with just over five minutes left in the third period but New Hamburg scored the winning goal on the powerplay during the same penalty.

“I think, at the end of the day, we gave ourselves a chance to win,” said assistant coach Blaine Bechard. “It sucks we didn’t get the win.”

Bechard said the program excelled as the season went on, noting they had roughly ten players near the start of the season but picked up more players as the season went on.

“I think it was a pretty successful year,” he said.

Amherstburg’s Kyle Meloche (12) gets a scoring chance on New Hamburg goalie Eric Munro during action in the sixth game of the OMHA semi-final series Monday night in Amherstburg. New Hamburg won the game 3-2 to win the six-point series seven points to five.

Amherstburg’s Kyle Meloche (12) gets a scoring chance on New Hamburg goalie Eric Munro during action in the sixth game of the OMHA semi-final series Monday night in Amherstburg. New Hamburg won the game 3-2 to win the six-point series seven points to five.

The Stars thought they had a chance after the shorthanded goal but the powerplay goal by the Huskies proved to be the difference, he added.

The Stars juvenile team picked up three of a possible four points on the weekend at the Libro Centre before heading to New Hamburg Sunday afternoon where they lost 7-0. That loss was partially due to unusual circumstances, however.

Assistant coach Wes Ewer said it was “one of the most fun losses I have ever been a part of. Due to an engineering mid-term and a case of mono we did not have an eligible goalie for (Sunday) so we had one of our veteran players step up and volunteer to play net.”

Despite the fact he is not their regular goalie, Ewer said Erik Vandenham “made some huge saves in the game.”

Ewer added: “The way our team handled the situation is nothing short of outstanding. They were able to keep everything in perspective,  and made the best of day together.”

In the series’ third game Friday night, the Stars settled for a 4-4 tie with New Hamburg and beat the Huskies 2-0 Saturday afternoon behind a shutout from Jack Langlois and goals from Zac Garvey and Ernie Godden.

“They’ve been playing really hard,” said Stars head coach Dennis Emerson after Saturday afternoon’s game.

Amherstburg's Jared Benninger (right) checks Mitch Schurink during March 4 action at the Libro Centre in Amherstburg.

Amherstburg’s Jared Benninger (right) checks Mitch Schurink during March 4 action at the Libro Centre in Amherstburg.

Emerson said they played well Friday night and had a 4-1 lead at one point but let New Hamburg back in the game. Garret Blunt scored twice in that game for Amherstburg with Jack Hubbell and Colton McGregor adding the others.

“The boys have been battling hard,” he said.

Injured players are regaining their health and coming back into the lineup, he added. They have been working hard and playing well defensively during the season and Emerson wanted a rested bunch for Sunday’s game in New Hamburg.

“The guys have bought into our system,” Emerson said of this season’s success.

Juvenile Stars split weekend road games

 

Special to the RTT

This past weekend the Amherstburg Stars Juvenile team headed up the 401 to kick off their OMHA Semi-Final match up with the New Hamburg Huskies.

Game 1 Friday night saw both teams feeling each other out for most of the early portion of the game. After two periods of the play the game was tied 0-0. The score remained tied until late in the 3rd period when the Stars capitalized on the power play.

Ernie Godden ripped a shot from the hash marks to put the stars up 1-0. That turned out to be all that was needed. Godden would go on to seal the deal for the stars with an empty net goal. Chris Mitri kept the door shut for Amherstburg between the pipes and recorded the shutout.

Captain Garret Blunt gets a shot off late in Game 2 of the OMHA Semi Finals.  The Amherstburg Stars juvenile team is taking on the New Hamburg Huskies.

Captain Garret Blunt gets a shot off late in Game 2 of the OMHA Semi Finals. The Amherstburg Stars juvenile team is taking on the New Hamburg Huskies.

Game 2 was played Sunday afternoon and the Stars, due to some questionable calls in the first game, were short a couple players.

The game was back and forth with both teams trading chances for the most of the first period. After the first the game was tied at 1-1 with Reid Thrasher putting one home from the point for the Stars. Unfortunately that is all the offense the Stars could muster for this game.

They had chances late in the game to tie it up but couldn’t find the back of the net. When asked his thoughts on the weekend, head coach Dennis Emerson said, “We did what we needed to do and got the one win on the road. We would have loved to be coming home with two wins but if we do our job and win our home games we can wrap this thing up this weekend..”

The Stars return home to the Libro Centre this weekend to take on the same New Hamburg team and try and advance to the OMAH Finals. Games are this Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Libro Centre. Come out and support some great local hockey action.

Midget Majors head to New Hamburg with OMHA semi-final series tied

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team is heading to New Hamburg with the OMHA semi-final playdown series tied at two points apiece.

Jacob DeLuca scored 55 seconds into overtime to give the Stars a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre. It came less than 24 hours after New Hamburg had defeated the Stars 6-2 in the series’ first game.

DeLuca, who recorded a hat trick in the game, credited teammate Max Clifford for making the play to get him the puck. He said the difference between Sunday afternoon and Saturday night was they “pushed back” more Sunday.

Clifford said they entered Saturday night’s game not knowing anything about New Hamburg, a team they found out is big and skilled. He believed the win Sunday will give them confidence heading on the road this weekend.

Amherstburg's Kyran Kelly (centre, white jersey) tries to play the puck with his feet as he is surrounded by three New Hamburg players last Sunday. Amherstburg won this game 5-4 in overtime but lost 6-2 the night before, meaning the OMHA midget major playdown series is tied.

Amherstburg’s Kyran Kelly (centre, white jersey) tries to play the puck with his feet as he is surrounded by three New Hamburg players last Sunday. Amherstburg won this game 5-4 in overtime but lost 6-2 the night before, meaning the OMHA midget major playdown series is tied.

“We’ve got to go there and get it done,” said Clifford.

Head coach Glen Holden noted the fact the Stars gave up ten goals in two games, something they have to improve upon from the goalie on out.

“We have to have better defensive play,” he said, adding the ten goals in two games “is just not us.”

New Hamburg earned the Stars respect, Holden indicated.

“They are a big, physical team who brings speed to the game,” he said. “We definitely have a lot of respect for them. They are well coached. It’s a good match-up for us.”

Holden said they can’t afford to take a shift off and have to keep working if they want to beat New Hamburg.

The next two games are on the road Friday and Saturday with a fifth game, if necessary, being at the Libro Centre Sunday.

 

Midget Majors advance to OMHA semi-finals

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Stars midget major hockey team is heading back to the OMHA semi-finals.

The Stars defeated the Southpoint Capitals 3-1 Friday night to take the six-point series 6-0 and put themselves in a series with New Hamburg.

“Our main goal was to come out flying and get them off their game and I think we did that,” said Cole Zelle.

Zelle said they wanted to do “the little things” and get the puck in deep and the Stars were able to do that.

Isaac Hammond agreed, also saying they wanted to get the puck in deep and also play physical.

Amherstburg’s Brock Beaudoin (centre) brings the puck into the Southpoint zone during the third game of the OMHA quarterfinal series Friday night at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won the series with a 3-1 victory.

Amherstburg’s Brock Beaudoin (centre) brings the puck into the Southpoint zone during the third game of the OMHA quarterfinal series Friday night at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won the series with a 3-1 victory.

The Stars don’t have any history with New Hamburg and don’t know what to expect in the next round. Hammond said the New Hamburg beat a team they lost to in a tournament and that’s about all they know.

“We usually have some idea,” added Zelle. “We have no clue (about New Hamburg). We’ve never seen them before.”

Stars head coach Glen Holden was pleased that Amherstburg was able to get by Southpoint, particularly in light of all the injuries the Stars have.

“I’m extremely happy. These kids are winning some tough hockey games in stressful situations,” said Holden. “We have a deep lineup and they are finding ways to win. That’s a credit to them.”

Putting pressure on Southpoint’s defense was another key to beating them, he added.

Holden also said they don’t know much about their next opponent.

“Their record is very, very impressive,” he said of New Hamburg. “We have yet to see them. We are kind of going in blind.”

Midget Majors win first game of OMHA quarterfinal

 

 

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team got off on the right track in their OMHA series with the Southpoint Captials, winning 3-1 Saturday night.

The first period of Game 1 was the difference, as Amherstburg scored all three of their goals in the opening 15-minute period. Bryce McGregor, Reid Stieler and Isaac Hammond found the back of the net for the Stars.

Amherstburg’s Jacob DeLuca gets a scoring chance on Southpoint goalie Tristan Edmondson.

Amherstburg’s Jacob DeLuca gets a scoring chance on Southpoint goalie Tristan Edmondson.

Brock Beaudoin had two assists, Stieler had another as did Andre Tomasian.

“I think we played good defense,” said goalie Daniel Miceli, who stopped 31 of 32 Southpoint shots in game one. “It wasn’t just me. It was everybody. We cleared the puck out pretty quickly.”

Miceli said they want to come into every game strong.

“We’re going to take it one game at a time,” he said.

Stieler said they want to come into every game and give it everything they have. He said they need to increase their effort, noting they were getting tired in the first period of the first game.

Head coach Glen Holden was happy with the way they played in the first game but had concerns going forward.

“We came out on fire,” said Holden. “We had a couple of powerplay goals but eventually our lack of numbers caught up to us.”

David Desormeaux carries the puck into the Southpoint zone Saturday night. Amherstburg won 3-1.

David Desormeaux carries the puck into the Southpoint zone Saturday night. Amherstburg won 3-1.

Holden added: “I can’t complain because the boys found a way to win.”

Already missing several players due to injuries, another season-ending injury was added Saturday night to the three they already had.

“We’re going to have to rely on our AP’s to help us out this series,” he said.

Game 2 of the series was supposed to be Sunday afternoon in Wheatley but a power outage resulted in the game being postponed until last night, after this issue went to press.

The next home game in the six-point series is Friday night at 8:40 p.m.