Amherstburg Midget Majors advance to OMHA finals



Amherstburg Stars captain Garret Blunt celebrates his penalty shot goal during the third period of the Stars' 4-1 win over Hespeler March 4.

Amherstburg Stars captain Garret Blunt celebrates his penalty shot goal during the third period of the Stars’ 4-1 win over Hespeler March 4.


Special to the RTT


What a great weekend it was for your Amherstburg Midget Majors as they secured two home wins and punched their ticket to the OMHA finals against the defending champs from Quinte West.

The Stars entered the weekend with a 3-1 series lead over the Hespeler Shamrocks and played some inspired hockey thanks to the loud and boisterous hometown crowd. Jake Topliffe would score ten minutes into the game Friday night from Bryce McGregor to help ignite the Midget Major fans. Ernie Godden scored a top shelf beauty mid way through the second period with Michael Petroni picking up an assist on the play. Hespeler closed the gap to 2-1 with four minutes left in the second period but Amherstburg would regain their two goal lead thanks to Topliffe who scored his second of the night just 41 seconds later. Assists were awarded to Colton McGregor and Godden on the play.

Garret Blunt would finish the scoring in the third period with a penalty shot goal on a nifty move that completely fooled the Shamrock goalie. The Midget Majors played a sound defensive game, while Josh Paquette made several key saves to help propel the Stars to a 4-1 win and 5-1 series lead.

Saturday afternoon the Libro Centre was packed once again, as the Midget Majors were looking to end the series with a win or tie.

Amherstburg once again opened the scoring in the first period, as Jake Topliffe would tip in a shot while on the power play, as Jarrod Benninger and John Purdie added assists. The score would remain 1-0 well into the third period before Bryce McGregor would score the eventual game winner on an unassisted effort by banking one in off the leg of the Hespeler goalie.

Hespeler was awarded a power play with five minutes remaining in the game and they would capitalize to close the Amherstburg lead to 2-1. Led by goalie Dershahn Stewart, the Stars would tighten up defensively and close out a nail biter to secure their spot in the OMHA finals.

The Amherstburg Midget Majors would like to thank their loyal fans and truly appreciated the support they received this past weekend. The Midgets would also like to congratulate the Bantam Minor Stars who will be joining them in their march toward an OMHA Championship. Please check for OMHA final schedules.



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