Bantam Major Stars move to final four in OMHA Playdowns


Special to the RTT


The 98 Stars are headed somewhere they have never been before: the semifinals of OMHA Playdowns.

The Stars hosted the Niagara Falls Canucks at the United Communities Credit Union Complex this past weekend with the series tied at one game apiece.  Friday night’s Game Three saw the Stars dominate the Canucks from the opening face-off.

Jack Langlois was solid in the pipes and helped propel the Stars to a 3-1 victory.

Saturday’s Game Four saw a desperate Niagara Falls team capitalize on a few costly bounces, leading to a Stars loss, 3-2 in overtime.  DJ Hall turned in a great performance in net, but the Canucks prevailed in a classic struggle.

With a quick regroup, the Stars headed back up the 401 for a 3 p.m. Sunday tilt with the series on the line for both teams.

The Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the strength of a Garret Blunt goal.  The lead was short-lived with the Niagara Falls evening up the score on the next shift.

This back and forth game went into the third period tied 3-3.  With a   Canucks potential go-ahead goal disallowed, the Stars sensed the urgency and Kyle Meloche took it upon himself to get the Stars the lead.  Meloche had 2 goals in the game, including the go-ahead goal on a breakaway.

“I had a good feeling things were going to go our way,” said Coach Paul Bortignon.  “The boys were working together, and I kept hearing them tell each other between shifts, ‘we got this boys’.  It was nice to see”.   Bortignon again credits the series win to every player accepting their role and putting the team first.

“The boys played 17 strong again.  There is no limit to what we can do if we keep playing like this,” said Bortignon.

Next up for the Stars is a series versus the Brampton 45’s.  Details on the series are not yet finalized but it will start this upcoming weekend.  All scheduling information will be on the AMHA website:

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