Midget Major Stars bring home first championship of the year


By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Midget Major Stars started the season on the right foot, by winning the championship.

Over the weekend the Star competed in the Richmond Hill Early Bird Tournament in Toronto and came out victorious, defeating hosting city Richmond Hill 3-2 in overtime in the finals.

“It’s always good to start out the year with a championship but there is still a lot of work that we have to do,” said head coach Matt Fox.

The Stars opened the tourney with a 6-0 win over Richmond Hill then followed that up with a 2-0 win over Vaughan.

Amherstburg defeated Stouffville 3-1 before taking out Georgetown 4-0 in the semi-finals.

Fox said heading into the tournament all the players knew the final roster selections had not been made and this was their chance to show what they can bring to the team.

“All the boys played with a little more intensity,” said Fox.

Fox said the 1996 born players out scored his 1995 born players, which was a bit of a surprise to the third year head coach.

“It was unexpected but certainly appreciated,” said Fox. “The ‘96’s are definitely going to push our 95’s this year.”

Fox said the goaltending duo of Mitch Topilffe and Chris Wallace played “outstanding.” The pair only allowed three goals all tournament and posted shutouts in three of the five games.

“Our goalies are going to be fun to watch this year,” said Fox.

Fox added the line of Colin Leardi, Ryan Holzel and Robert Lavoie showed good chemistry. Leardi and Holzel led the team with seven points each.

“They played very well together. A lot of tick-tack goals,” said Fox.

Although Fox was pleased with how well the Stars performed, he said there is a lot of work that still needs to be done.

The Stars shot themselves in the foot by taking unnecessary penalties, however their penalty kill was firing on all cylinders killing off all 27 attempts.

Now that Fox has seen what he has in the cupboard, he is excited to start the Bluewater League schedule.

“It is really eye opening to see the talent that we have in Amherstburg, considering the type of players we lost to junior hockey,” said Fox. “We are at 65 per cent of our potential right now.”

The Stars open their season this Sunday in Tecumseh at 2 p.m.

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