Stars take 2-0 series lead over Grimsby in OMHA quarter-finals

Amherstburg's Frank Desjardins lowers the boom on a Grimsby defender during the first period of Game 2 of the OHMA quarter-finals.

By Joel Charron

Two nights, two games, two 7-5 wins adds up to a 2-0 series lead for the Amherstburg Midget Majors Stars over the Grimsby Peach Kings.

It certainly has been an offensive showing for both teams. Both Amherstburg and Grimsby have combined for 24 goals in the first two games of the OMHA quarterfinals matchup.

“It’s quite obvious that both teams can score, it’s going to come down to who can make the big save at the right time,” said head coach Matt Fox.

Things looked bleak for the Stars early in the game, Grimsby scored a power play at goal 1:37 into the opening period.

The sloppy Amherstburg play continued in the first period as Grimsby scored twice more before the end of the first for a 3-0 lead.

In the second, the Stars came out on a mission, exploding for five goals in the period while keeping Grimsby off the scoreboard. Dean Shepley lit the lamp first at the 9:02 mark, Frank Desjardins picked up the assist.

Just 31 seconds later Cameron Scott brought the Stars within one with Tyler Morand and Dan Bondy being credited with the helper.

Jordan Ryan tied the game up at three apiece when he slipped past a power play goal; Scott and Blain Bechard were given the assist.

Goals by Tyler Pope-Ferguson and Ryan with under two minutes to play in the second period, gave the Starts a two goal advantage.

In the opening five minutes of the third, Grimsby tied the game with two goals less than a minute apart.

The score remained tied until Daniel Slipchuk was sent soared down the right side. With a step on the Grimsby defensemen, Slipchuk cut into the middle and found the top right corner for the go-ahead goal with 26.3 seconds left to play. Scott would add an empty net goal to round off the score at 7-5.

“The guy gave me a lane on the outside, I took it and shot to the far side and scored,” said Slipchuk. “Being up 2-0 in the series gives us huge confidence going to Grimsby.”

If the Stars look to close out the series in Grimsby, they will have to be more disciplined, which has been a common theme in this playdown run. The Stars had 13 penalty minutes, which resulted in two Grimsby goals.

“Discipline is key in this series,” said Dean Shepley. “ If we can stay out of the box then we’ll have this series in the bag.”

The Stars will be without the services of Mike Popel and Pope-Ferguson next game. Popel, who sat out Game 2 because of a suspension, will miss Game 3. Pope will miss Games 3 and 4 because of a controversial boarding penalty that gave him a five-minute major and a game misconduct in the dying seconds of the second period.

“It’s going to be tough, obviously that’s a lot of fire power up front but we’ve had guys step in all year, so I’m confident our guys will pick it up,” said Fox.

The Midget Majors head to Grimsby this weekend for Games three and four.

One response to “Stars take 2-0 series lead over Grimsby in OMHA quarter-finals”

  1. Brady says:

    Awesome pic and great article! Joel is amazing, always providing exceptional content for readers , thank you JC.