Bantam Minors clinch OMHA championship

 

Special to the RTT

 

The Bantam Minor Stars headed into the weekend tied at a game apiece after splitting games in Aurora last weekend in the OMHA finals.

The boys knew they had the chance to finish their quest for the championship and in front of their supportive home crowd, they seized that opportunity in dominant fashion. After a team meal Saturday the boys were anxious to hit the ice and get things underway and they came out flying.

Dominating play early with some heavy hits, the Stars had Aurora on their heels and eventually opened the scoring early and never looked back skating to a convincing 5-2 victory. With a chance to finish off their opponent before a packed house Sunday and with the championship hardware in building, the boys came out on fire again and dominated play from the drop of the puck. It was almost a mirror image of Saturday’s game, as the Stars opened with some strong physical play and jumping to an early 2-0 lead. They would add two more and skate to a convincing 4-0 win to clinch the OMHA championship!

The Amherstburg Stars bantam minors, adorned in their red OMHA champion hats, gather for a group shot after winning the title Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre. (Special to the RTT)

The Amherstburg Stars bantam minors, adorned in their red OMHA champion hats, gather for a group shot after winning the title Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre. (Special to the RTT)

On behalf of the entire coaching staff and players we would like to thank all the fans who showed up to support the team in their quest. From everyone who made the signs that lined the glass, sent messages and cheered the boys to victory we cannot thank you enough. Your support was a big part of the driving force behind their championship and we thank each and everyone one of you. To the players, the entire coaching staff is so incredibly proud of your efforts and in believing in the goals set forth at the onset of the season. Your belief in each other as a team allowed you to achieve the ultimate goal – an OMHA championship! Welcome to the red hat club boys!

The bantam minor Stars celebrate with the trophy after winning the OMHA title March 20 at the Libro Centre. The Stars beat the Aurora Tigers.

The bantam minor Stars celebrate with the trophy after winning the OMHA title March 20 at the Libro Centre. The Stars beat the Aurora Tigers. (Special to the RTT)

We would also like to wish the Midget Majors all the best in their quest for another OMHA championship as they head to Quinte after squaring their series up at two games apiece this past weekend. With Glen Holden and his staff at the helm we know the boys will be well prepared and look to complete the comeback.. Good luck boys!

The bantam minors would also like to thank Emma Macvoy for singing the national anthem and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo for participating in the opening ceremonies.

Lastly, we would like to recognize and congratulate the entire  Amherstburg Admirals organization on a fantastic season and final, pushing the Essex 73’s to a seventh game and just coming up short with a 5-4 final. What you guys have accomplished in a short  period of time is nothing less than stellar to say the least. You have brought a lot of respect to playing hometown hockey back into the rink and have been great ambassadors for the game of hockey and the town and for that we thank you. From the ownership team to the players and all the volunteers, we wish you all the best moving forward as you have built a strong foundation which we’re sure will only get better. We can tell you first hand that some of your biggest fans are on this bantam minor team and aspire one day to pull the Admirals jerseys over their heads thanks to your efforts!

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