Tonietto shines in midget major victory over Eagles

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

Being a goaltender and doing your best to give your team a chance to win every time you step into the crease when your name is called always seems to have added pressure.

However, this year’s midget major tandem of Thomas Demarco and Daniel Tonietto is simply summed up in one word – consistent.

The Stars have had a combination of success in all three areas of the ice surface this season and that has led the Stars right to the top of the standings in the Bluewater League.

The Stars’ offense can be, and has been, explosive whenever they suit up against any opponent so far this season by scoring the most goals (101) in their league.

Next, you don’t win without a strong defense and the Stars’ blueliners have kept the challengers out of the crease area for most of the year making it much easier for their goalies to get some great looks at the flying rubber that is coming their way.

Lastly, the goalies are doing their best at keeping pucks out of their cage all year as they lead the league with only 29 goals allowed this season.

Daniel Tonietto stretches across the crease to make a sprawling save against a Tecumseh forward in last Monday's 4-1 Stars win at home. (RTT photo by John Holzel)

Daniel Tonietto stretches across the crease to make a sprawling save against a Tecumseh forward in last Monday’s 4-1 Stars win at home. (RTT photo by John Holzel)

In the first period, with the Stars a man up, forward Anthony Cristofaro skated the puck out of the corner and roofed it for an early 1-0 Stars lead.

With a minute to go in the opening period, Ryan Holzel found a free puck at the blue line and he slid the puck down low to linemate Robbie Lavoie and Lavoie sent it to Noah Renaud, the latter tapping it in to put the Stars up by a pair.

A duo of call-ups helped build the Stars’ lead to three as a drive from Michael Lenson found its way to Austin Hunt’s blade and he capitalized for his second goal since being called up.

The Eagles would strike with 11 minutes remaining but once again, a feed from Michael Ciccone to Cristofaro saw the latter feed the point at which time Dean Patterson’s shot would go untouched and the Stars would skate off with a convincing 4-1.

In the cage for the Stars, Tonietto would handle 20 of 21 shots he faced.

 

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