Brampton delivers blow to Bantam Majors

 

By Joel Charron

 

The Amherstburg Bantam Stars have a deep hole to climb out of as their OMHA semi-final series heads back to Brampton.

Over the weekend the Stars dropped both home games, 1-0 on Saturday night and 3-2 Sunday afternoon to the visiting Brampton 45’s, putting them down four points to none in their best of six series.

“Full props to Brampton,” said head coach Paul Bortignon.  “They did what they needed to do. This series is going to be a war and that’s what we are in right now.”

In Game One, Bortignon said the Stars peppered the 45’s with 29 shots but were unable to solve their young goaltender.

“We had our chances, we just couldn’t buy a goal,” he said.

Brampton was able to take the lead, beating Stars goalie DJ Hall on the power play.

Bortignon noted that Hall played “stellar” between the pipes in Game One but the Stars offense wasn’t able to provide him with any help.

“This is the second time that he (Hall) has suffered a 1-0 loss,” said Bortignon. “There hasn’t been a lot of goal support with him in the playoffs. He battled and kept us in there.”

 

Bantam Stars goaltender Jack Langlois pokes the puck off a Brampton shooter’s stick during a penalty shot in Game 2 of their OMHA semi-final match up Sunday afternoon.

Bantam Stars goaltender Jack Langlois pokes the puck off a Brampton shooter’s stick during a penalty shot in Game 2 of their OMHA semi-final match up Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon the Stars and 45’s were back at it for game Two, this time with Jack Langlois getting the start in net.

Stars forward Jack Hubbel gave the Stars the lead, finding the back of the net with a blast from the point.

Brampton tied the score at 1-1 with 47.6 seconds left in the first period and carried that momentum into the second frame, scoring 35 seconds into the period.

Brampton added to their lead with their third goal of the game with five minutes left to play in regulation.

Down 3-1 with 2:47 remaining, Bortignon opted to pull Langlois.   The move seemed to be the right call as Kyle Meloche score dwith just under two minutes to play.

In the dying seconds Amherstburg had several chances to tie the game, however were unable to beat Brampton’s goalie.

“Jack played his heart out in net today,” said Bortignon. “We just didn’t bury our chances when we needed to.”

The Bantam Stars travel to Brampton this weekend to try to even the series.

“Our backs are against the wall but we know how to win on the road,” said Stars Josh Rice. “We have to figure out a way to get goals, stay on top and dominate like we can.”

The Amherstburg Bantam Minors were also in action over the weekend, however had the same outcome of their Bantam Major counterparts, dropping both games 3-1 and 3-2 to Brampton.

The Bantam Minors also travel to Brampton this weekend to try to even the series.

 

 

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