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Amherstburg Stars Alumni Camp later this month

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Stars Alumni hockey camp returns later this month with the aim of having local players sharpen their skills in time for the 2017-18 season.

The camp will be at the Libro Centre Aug. 14-18 and is geared for male and female players ages 5-17. It will feature three hours of on ice training per day and another 90 minutes of off ice training per day.

“The camp will feature power skating and skill enhancement sessions, followed by competitive three-on-three situations and small area games. all looking to improve skating, stick handling, puck control, endurance, and offensive and defensive situations,” said Kyle Burns.

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Burns and Corey Beaulieu will join goalie coach Brian Spearing and camp organizer Glen Holden as instructors during the week-long camp.

“Right now we have approximately 45 players registered, with room for 60 players,” said Burns.

To register, please contact Glen Holden at 519-965-2049 or by e-mail at glen_holden22@yahoo.com.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $325 for the five-day camp and participants will receive lunch daily, a jersey and a camp T-shirt.

“This is our fifth year and so far our non-profit group has donated close to $7,000 back to AMHA and its members through donations and post secondary school bursaries,” noted Holden. “We’re also hoping Michael DiPietro will be able to make an appearance at our camp like in previous years.”

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.

Midget Majors off to good start in defense of OMHA crown

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Stars midget major hockey team is off to the OMHA quarterfinals after eliminating St. Thomas in the first round of playdowns.

The Stars, the defending OMHA champions, knocked off St. Thomas 4-2 last Thursday night at the Libro Centre to win the six-point series 6-0. Amherstburg had won 4-0 Jan. 27 and 4-1 Jan. 28 in St. Thomas.

The two teams were tied 2-2 heading into the third period Thursday night with the Stars getting goals from Bryce McGregor and Reid Stieler but Max Clifford and Brock Beaudoin scored in the final 15-minute period to win it for Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate Max Clifford’s third period goal. Clifford’s goal proved to be the game-winner Thursday night.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate Max Clifford’s third period goal. Clifford’s goal proved to be the game-winner Thursday night.

Jacob DeLuca said Thursday’s game was a physical one with a lot of hitting but Bryce McGregor noted they didn’t have the start they wanted.

“We obviously didn’t come out as hard as we need to,” he said, noting they picked it up after the slow start.

The Stars now await the winner of the Southpoint-Essex series in the next round.

“We’re just waiting on a winner,” said McGregor.

McGregor pointed out there are high expectations after last year with DeLuca adding it is nice to have the younger players start to experience high-intensity situations.

Head coach Glen Holden said the Amherstburg Stars had solid efforts in the first two games of the series but not as strong of an effort in the third game.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate their win over St. Thomas Feb. 2 at the Libro Centre.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate their win over St. Thomas Feb. 2 at the Libro Centre.

“I’m proud of the guys because we found a way to win,” said Holden.

Holden pointed out only four players are back from last year’s team so it is nice to see the younger players stepping up at playoff time.

“We always have high expectations,” said Holden.

The midget majors are a group of players that are willing to learn what the coaches are teaching them, he added. They have also been battling injuries, as Holden said four players were missing last Thursday including three players with season-ending injuries.