Midget Majors complete comeback and win OMHA title

 

 Special to the RTT

 

The Amherstburg Midget Majors completed an improbable comeback this past weekend to secure their spot as the best midget team in the province.

The Stars began their series with Quinte West with two losses on the road but quickly re-focused and completed their dramatic comeback with a 3-0 win on Easter Sunday in front of a packed Libro Centre.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major hockey team celebrates the OMHA championship they won March 27 at the Libro Centre. The Stars knocked off Quinte West 3-0 in the deciding game.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major hockey team celebrates the OMHA championship they won March 27 at the Libro Centre. The Stars knocked off Quinte West 3-0 in the deciding game.

The Stars travelled to Trenton for Saturday’s Game 5 after winning two games on home ice the previous weekend to set up an all-important game five in a very tough environment. The Quinte West fans packed the rink Saturday to watch an outstanding display of hockey from the two best midget teams in the province. Both teams played a tight checking affair for a period and a half before the Stars were awarded a power play and they capitalized, as Colton McGregor would score on a one-timer to quiet the home crowd and send the loyal Amherstburg fans into a frenzy. Assists were given to Jack Hubbell and Kyle Meloche on the play.

The score would remain 1-0 to begin the third period. Quinte West would come out flying in the third and scored the equalizer just three minutes into the period and two minutes later added the go ahead goal on a rebound in the slot. The Stars pressed hard to try and tie the game and were finally rewarded, as Jarrod Benninger would put home a rebound goal with just 2:33 remaining, Jake Topliffe and McGregor assisted on the goal.

Stars captain Garret Blunt holds the OMHA championship trophy aloft after Amherstburg's win over Quinte West Easter Sunday.

Stars captain Garret Blunt holds the OMHA championship trophy aloft after Amherstburg’s win over Quinte West Easter Sunday.

The game would go into overtime before ending in a 2-2 final. The tie would even the six point series at five points apiece and set the stage for a winner take all Game 6 in Amherstburg on Easter Sunday.

The Libro Centre was packed for Sunday’s Game 6 and the Midget Majors were focused on the task at hand as they came out flying and dominated play. They were rewarded for their efforts, as Garret Blunt would jump on a rebound from a Zack Yott shot to open the scoring. Period one would end with the Stars leading 1-0. While on a penalty kill early in the second, Kyle Meloche would strip the Quinte West defender and drove the net hard to finish off an outstanding shorthanded goal. Three minutes later, while on a power play, Blunt would win the draw to Yott who wired home goal number three for the Midget Majors and set off a deafening roar from the hometown faithful.

Midget Major Stars’ head coach Glen Holden (right) embraces Ernie Godden after the game Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

Midget Major Stars’ head coach Glen Holden (right) embraces Ernie Godden after the game Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

The Midget Majors would play a solid defensive game the rest of the way and Dershahn Stewart would shut the door to earn the shutout. As the clock ticked down the excitement built in the Libro Centre as the crowd and the Amherstburg Midget Majors knew they had completed the improbable comeback to earn their red hats and realize their dream of becoming OMHA Midget Major Champions!

A special thank you goes out to Lauren Baillargeon for her rendition of our national anthem and the Amherstburg Admirals for helping with the game day festivities. The Midget Majors now move on to compete for an OHF Championship in Woodstock April 8-10.

The coaching staff would like to publicly acknowledge the hard work and commitment this great group of young men displayed throughout their historic season. They were 21-1-2 on home ice this year, including a perfect 10-0 during their playdown run. They won with pride, class and were true ambassadors for the town of Amherstburg and Amherstburg Minor Hockey!

 

 

 

 

 

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