Bantam Major Stars shine in Fort Erie tourney


By RTT Staff

The Bantam Major Stars had revenge on their mind entering this past weekend’s Fort Erie Tournament, and revenge they got.

The Stars made it through round robin play finishing 2-0-1.  Posting a 2-2 tie (Oshawa), 5-0 win (Toronto) and 3-2 win (Port Credit), the Stars locked up first place in their pool.

In the Semi-Finals the Stars faced Fort Erie. The Stars walked through the game with a dominant 3-0 win.  DJ Hall stopped 18 shots to secure his third straight shutout and capped off a great weekend.

Earlier this season, in the Richmond Hill Tournament, the Stars were defeated by the Erindale Spitfires in the tournament finals; not this time.  The Stars captured the win in overtime with 52 seconds remaining on the strength of a Josh Rice goal.

Jack Langlois posted a great performance between the pipes, stopping all but one of the 25 Erindale shots.

“What an incredible, all around, team effort.” said head coach Paul Bortignon.  “We demand a lot of our players in games and practices. We constantly ask the boys to answer the call, and as of late they have exceeded that expectation.”

Bortignon credits the team success to their willingness to put the team first and play “17 strong”.

The Stars posted 15 goals for and five goals against in five games.

The Stars were led by a veteran performance all weekend from team captain Garret Blunt with four goals and two assists.  Notable performances also from Kyle Meloche (two goals, two assists) and Justin Veldhuis (three goals, one assist).

“We played some really good teams in this tournament,” said Blunt. “Our first game was a little ify but we picked our game and played some good hockey.”

Blunt said winning this tournament should give the Bantam Stars a lot of confidence moving forward.

“This win shows that we can compete against any team in the province,” he said.

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