Jr. Spitfires pound Midget Major Stars 7-3; even season series at 1-1

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Midget Major Stars squared off against the Windsor Jr. Spitfires Friday night but there was only one problem, someone forgot to tell the Stars they had a game.

The Stars fell to the Jr. Spitfires 7-3, in what had to be one of their worst performances of the season in front of their home crowd.

“We had a bad practice this week and you play like you practice,” said head coach Matt Fox.  “We had a lot of lazy plays. We didn’t have our feet moving at all. We were standing around in the neutral zone and you can’t win games like that.”

For the first eight minutes of the opening period, the Stars looked like a team on a mission and opened the score with an unassisted goal by Eric Shaw.

 

Stars goalie Mitch Topliffe covers up the puck as a Windsor player crashes the net.

However, the Jr. Spits knocked in one of their own just 44 seconds later.

With Windsor taking back-to-back penalties the Stars failed to take advantage of the opportunity.

Windsor added their second goal of the game on their first power play and added a third with 1:14 left in the first period.

Just over 90 seconds into the second period, Windsor notched their fourth goal.

Amherstburg cut into the lead with Shaw finding the back of the net for his second goal of the game, which was followed up by Alex Popel ripping it past the netminder for only his second goal of the season, on his birthday to bring the game to 4-3.

That would be as close as the Stars would get as Windsor scored two goals before the end of the period, including a powerplay goal and once more in the third.

Fox said he was disappointed with the team’s effort on the penalty kill.

“The penalty kill as been struggling,” he said. “We need to work on it a lot more and we need to execute it. It’s not the system that’s the problem, we’re just not executing it properly.”

Shaw said the Stars had problems moving their feet which eventually led to them losing battles in the corners. He noted the lack of effort could be traced back to Tuesday’s lackluster practices.

“We had a slow practice. We have to go hard in practice because it pays off in the game,” said Shaw.

The Stars split the season series with Windsor, having beaten them on their ice earlier in the year.

“It good to split the season series with them because they are a AA center,” said Shaw.

 

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