Midget Majors blow out Ravens 8-2


By Joel Charron

The Essex Ravens may have ended the Amherstburg Midget Majors Stars shutout streak, however that was the only streak that came to an end.

The Stars won their sixth straight game after easily deposing of the Ravens 8-2 Sunday night in Essex.

“We put the puck in at a very good rate tonight,” said head coach Matt Fox.

Essex struck first, scoring just 90 seconds into the opening period however Stars captain Eric Shaw answered back just two minutes later and Robert Lavoie scored a shorthanded marker with 75 seconds left to play.

The Stars offense exploded in the second period scoring five goals. Mike Popel found the back of the net twice, including a goal on the power play, Ryan Holzel chipped in with two of his own and Midget call up Anthony Cristofrio made his mark by lighting the lamp. Colin Leardi picked up two assists while Zak Parlette and Shaw were credited with one apiece.

The Ravens also scored in the second.

Shaw rounded out the scoring in the final frame, grabbing his second goal of the game.

Stars captain Eric Shaw is mauled by a gaggle of Essex defenders as he digs for the puck under the Essex goaltender.

“They are a rough team and it’s always good to get the W,” said Shaw.

Shaw said the game took a nastier tone after the Stars got up by three goals but credited the Stars for keeping the cooler heads.

“We play a pretty clean game. We make some big hits but they are clean and it seems to rattle other teams,” said Shaw. “They (Essex) were taking some pretty bad penalties after that.”

The Stars went two-for-six on the power play and successfully killed off four power plays of their own. Amherstburg has gone three straight games without allowing a power play goal.

Fox said the Stars took control of the game in the second period.

“We really separated ourselves in the second period,” said Fox. “That was by far the best period of hockey we’ve played.”

Although Fox was happy with the amount of goals being scored, he did mention his squad is prone to turning the puck over and against a more skilled team, that could spell disaster.

“We need to manage our turnovers a little bit better,” said Fox.

Amherstburg has outscored Essex 20-5 in the three games they have played this season.

“We have a really good offense,” said Shaw. “We have two real solid lines and our third line provides a lot of energy. We are starting to click right now.”

The Stars will be put to the test this Friday as they host a strong Southpoint Capitals team at the UCCU Complex. Puck drop is 8:10 p.m.

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