Amherstburg Stars midget major team captures Capital Cup

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Midget MajorsThe Amherstburg Stars midget major team increased their record to two wins this year after winning one on the weekend.

In October, the midget majors won the St. Thomas tourney and this past weekend, they came home with the gold in the Capital Cup, which was hosted by the Southpoint Capitals.

The Stars beat a strong team from Sarnia 3-1 in the finals. The Stars battled the Riverside Rangers in their opener last Friday and pulled out a 2-1 win. It was Ryan Holzel and Marshal Laing who would give the Stars all they would need for the win but the whole team knew they would have to all dig deeper if they were going to make the final.

In game two Saturday with Daniel Tonietto in goal, Robbie Lavoie’s got things going with a shot from the point that went right to Holzel behind the cage. Holzel fed a one-timer to centre Colin Leardi, who found the back of the net for a Stars’ lead midway through the first. Late in the first period, the Sting would capitalize on a turnover deep in the Stars’ zone and a deflection midway through the final period would add on another tally as the Stars suddenly found themselves down 2-1.

It would only take two minutes for the Stars to tie the game at two as a powerplay goal from Jacob Damico, with help from Sean Santarossa and Noah Renaud, would cap off all the scoring in this game and Stars settled for a 2-2 tie. A Saturday afternoon tilt with the host Capitals was up next and the Stars played spoiler, handing the Capitals a 3-1 loss. A pinching Zak Fritsch opened up the scoring for the Stars but once again a bad deflection off a Stars’ knee would end up behind Stars’ goalie Thomas Demarco and the two teams were tied after a pair of periods.

A Ryan Holzel pass along the blue line to D-man Ryan Wismer led to Wismer’s shot finding the top corner for the eventual game-winner. An empty net goal by Mitch Holden sealed the win and it was a 3-1 final.

Last Sunday afternoon the Stars totally dominated the Woodstock Navy Vets to the tune of an 8-0 shutout. Tonietto was perfect in net for the Stars as he easily turned away all ten shots he faced. Leading the charge for the Stars was Renaud with a pair of goals and two assists.

Also chipping in with goals were Michael Ciccone, Dean Patterson, Zak Parlette, Damico, Leardi and Anthony Cristofaro. Also, Lavoie (2), Holzel (2) and Garett Meloche (2) had assists with single helpers going to Laing, Damico, Ciccone, Patterson, Holden and Burns.

In the finals was a rematch with the Sarnia Sting. The Stars quickly opened up the scoring 30 seconds in as Leardi to Lavoie to Burns and the Stars led 1-0. The Sting refused to go away and they equaled the game at one before the first period ended. Midway through the game, a hustling Ciccone grabbed his own dump in and his shot was jammed home by linemate Meloche for the eventual Capital Cup winner. In the final frame, it was Leardi from Lavoie on a 2-on-1 who would put the icing on the cake for a 3-1 championship victory.

The Stars would like to congratulate the novice team for their Capital Cup victory and inspiring them on to victory.

STARS NOTES – On Nov. 22, a pair of midget major Stars celebrated birthdays. Holzel, whose uniform number is 17, turned 17 that day and also Laing, who wears #16, turned 16 that day. Both popped in goals in a 2-1 win over Riverside. What a coincidence?

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