A pair of weekend wins gives Midget Majors control of series


By Joel Charron

Stellar goaltending made up for the lack of scoring as Amherstburg Midget Major Stars gain control in their six point series against the Southpoint Capitals this past weekend.

Stars goalies Mitch Topliffe and Chris Wallace turned outstanding performance between the pipes to propel the Stars to a 2-1 at home Friday night and a 3-2 win in Wheatley, Saturday afternoon.

With the pair of weekend wins the Stars lead the series four points to two points.

On Friday night at the UCCU Complex, Colin Leardi got the crowd behind the home team after lighting the lamp six minutes into the opening frame.

The Stars kept the lead until the second period, when Southpoint snuck the puck past Topliffe to tie the game at one apiece just 1:10 into the period.

The Stars regained the lead just moments later when Mike Popel took a pass off the faceoff and fired a laser past the Southpoint goalie.

Southpoint had several scoring chances but Topliffe stood strong, making several game saving saves to preserve the 2-1 win and evening the series at two points apiece.

Less than 24 hours later the Stars and Capitals were back at it for Game Three in Wheatley, this time with Wallace back stopping the Stars.

After a scoreless first period, the Stars once again struck first with Stars forward Noah Renaud giving Amherstburg a 1-0 lead early in the second frame.

The Stars went up 2-0 after Robert Lavoie found the back of the net on the power play and went into the second intermission with a comfortable two goal lead.

Southpoint did not waste any time making their presence known, by lighting the lamp just 41 second into the third period then again at the eight minute mark to draw the game even at 2-2.


Stars defenseman Cody Leeming lays a bone crushing hit on a Southpoint defender.

Stars defenseman Cody Leeming lays a bone crushing hit on a Southpoint defender.

With less than four minutes left in regulation, Stars defenseman Matt Rosati wired a loose puck from the point that sailed past the goalie’s blocker to the top left corner.

In the final minute of play and Southpoint pressuring with an extra attacker, Wallace kept the back of the net clean for a 3-2 win and a four points to two point series lead.

“Winning on the road is always a big thing, especially in play downs,” said Wallace. “Getting the win in their barn gives us a greater opportunity to close out the series at home.”

Wallace admits he has been in a little bit of a slump as of late but getting a win on the road is a big boost to his confidence.

“This was big for me considering I’ve been in a rut,” said Wallace. “It’s been a bit tough trying to find my rhythm back but this win will go a long way for my confidence and focus.”

Before the series started, Fox said the Stars needed to steal a game on the road.

“Game Three is pivotal in any series,” he said. “We knew we needed to win one on the road, that was our job and we took care of that.”

The Stars penalty kill has been outstanding in the series, killing off 14 of 15 opportunities.

“Our penalty kill as been great and that’s a testament to everyone battling, that’s everyone sacrificing the body, paying the price and playing with a heart of a champion,” said Fox.

Game Four now moves to the UCCU Complex, where the Stars remain undefeated on the year and have a chance to close out the series.

“We know they are going to come at us hard in Game Four, we just have to stick to our game plan,” said Wallace. “It’s going to come down to who wants it more.”

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