Amherstburg Midget Majors lose OHF final in double overtime

Special to the RTT

The Midget Major Stars travelled to Woodstock on the weekend of April 8-10th to participate in the OHF Tournament.

The Midget Majors were coming off their historic game six win over Quinte West on home ice to secure the programs fourth OMHA Title in seven years.

The OHF tournament was comprised of teams from Stratford, Woodstock, Erindale, Elliot Lake and Amherstburg. The Stars began the weekend with a Friday morning tilt with Stratford and the evenly contested game would end in a 2-2 tie. Zack Yott and Jacob Deluca were the goal scorers while Garret Blunt and Bryce McGregor added assists.

Front:  Josh Paquette, Rick Wismer (trainer), Jarrod Benninger, Kyle Burns (assistant coach), Colton McGregor, Glen Holden (head coach), Garret Blunt, Mario DiPaolo (assistant coach), Kyle Meloche, Corey Beaulieu (assistant coach), Dershahn Stewart, Lisa Lenson (manager). Back: Ernie Godden, Justin Veldhuis, Michael Petroni, Jacob DeLuca, Zack Yott, Bryce McGregor, Reid Thrasher, Nick Bertram, Jack Hubbell, John Purdie, David Desormeaux, Jake Topliffe, Joe Bouzide. (Special to the RTT)

Front: Josh Paquette, Rick Wismer (trainer), Jarrod Benninger, Kyle Burns (assistant coach), Colton McGregor, Glen Holden (head coach), Garret Blunt, Mario DiPaolo (assistant coach), Kyle Meloche, Corey Beaulieu (assistant coach), Dershahn Stewart, Lisa Lenson (manager). Back: Ernie Godden, Justin Veldhuis, Michael Petroni, Jacob DeLuca, Zack Yott, Bryce McGregor, Reid Thrasher, Nick Bertram, Jack Hubbell, John Purdie, David Desormeaux, Jake Topliffe, Joe Bouzide. (Special to the RTT)

In game two Friday night, the Midgets took on the Elliot Lake Wildcats in a very sluggish effort. The game ended in a 3-1 Stars win, with Deluca, Jarrod Benninger and Joe Bouzide pacing the attack, while Colton McGregor and Ernie Godden each added two assists, along with singles from Benninger and Jake Topliffe. Saturday morning the Midget Majors took on the host team from Woodstock and behind the shutout performance from Josh Paquette, cruised to a 2-0 win. Scoring goals were Yott and Benninger, while assists came from Blunt, Bouzide, Topliffe and Reid Thrasher. Saturday night the Stars took on the Erindale Spitfires, and once again the goaltending of Dershahn Stewart led the Midget Majors to a 1-0 win. Bouzide would provide the games only goal, with assists to Godden and Topliffe.

The Stars secured second place courtesy of their 3-0-1 round robin record and a rematch against Erindale in Sunday morning’s semi-final. Once again Dershahn Stewart shut out the Spitfires to help secure a 3-0 win and a trip to the OHF Finals. Kyle Meloche paced the Stars attack with two goals and Topliffe added a late insurance marker, assisted by Benninger.

Sunday afternoon’s final would pit your Stars against the Stratford Cullitons. Amherstburg came out flying in this tight contest and were rewarded with an early goal scored by Yott, assisted by Meloche. The score would remain 1-0 until late in the second period when Stratford would tie the game. The teams would go back and forth for period three but neither team was able to score in regulation time. The score would remain tied until Stratford would win the contest mid way through the second overtime. A great game by both teams and one that fans would get their moneys worth.

The Midget Majors had a historic season and will be remembered by their discipline, class and A’burg pride they displayed the entire season. The Stars won the St. Thomas Tournament, the Elite 8 Tournament, OMHA Champions and OHF Finalists, all the while accumulating an impressive season record of 44-5-7.

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