Capitals stun Stars with game one loss: game two at home this Friday

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Midget Major Stars found out the hard way their series with the Southpoint Capitals is going to be a battle.

On Saturday evening, the Stars travelled to Wheatley for Game 1 of their six point series against Southpoint.

The Capitals scored two third period goals for a 2-1 win and a 2-0 point lead in the series.

“It was a tight game like we thought it was going to be and went into the third period where we wanted to be,” said head coach Matt Fox. “We got a couple of bad bounces and momentum switch sides. Take your hat off to them (Southpoint) they’re a good team and they put it in the back of the net.”

Amherstburg spent most of the first period on the penalty kill but Stars goaltender Chris Wallace kept the back of the net clear and went into the first intermission deadlocked at 0-0.

Stars defenseman Duncan Scott gave the Stars a 1-0 lead in the second period after knocking in a rebound in front of the Southpoint net and kept the lead heading into the final 15 minutes. Amherstburg kept the attack going in the third period, however a defensive breakdown in the Stars’ zone on the power play led to Southpoint tying the game on a shorthanded goal.

The Capitals added the go-ahead goal with four minutes left to play on another Stars defensive breakdown.

 

Stars goaltender Chris Wallace throws out his leg to make a pad save on a Southpoint breakaway.

Stars goaltender Chris Wallace throws out his leg to make a pad save on a Southpoint breakaway.

Although the Stars had plenty of scoring chances they were unable to capitalize on their opportunities.

“We kind of fell apart in the third,” said Scott. “We were all over them all game and a couple breakdowns cost us the game.”

Scott noted the mood was “very tense” in the locker room during the second intermission and suggested the Stars need to “relax” and “play the type of game they have been playing all year long.”

He also said costly turnovers have plagued the Stars all year and now are paying the price for their sloppy play.

“We have to cut back on our turnovers,” said Scott. “We play well all game and for those few minutes we lose focus, Southpoint takes advantage it.”

Fox said it wasn’t so much what Southpoint did to win the game but rather what Amherstburg did to lose.

“What we got caught looking at the plays,” he said. “We will learn from this and we will be better next game.”

The Stars return to the friendly confines of the United Community Credit Union Complex on Friday, where they are undefeated and out scored Southpoint 13-4 in the two games played.

“We have to put this game behind us and come back at them in our barn,” said Scott.

“We always look forward to playing at home, but it’s no different than tonight, we look to win every game we play no matter where we are,” said Fox.

Game Two is Friday at 8:10 p.m. at the UCCU Complex.

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