Midget Majors finish busy week 3-0


By Joel Charron

It was a busy week for the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars.

The Stars played three games in six days and walked away with three more wins .

Amherstburg walked away from their busy weeks with a dominating 6-2 over LaSalle, squeaked a 2-1 past Riverside Friday night and topped it off with a 4-2 win over Belle River Sunday afternoon.

On Tuesday evening, the Stars wasted no time finding the back of the net, 29 seconds into the opening minute, Mike Popel lit the lamp followed by Duncan Scott’s first goal of the season, coming on the power play.

Amherstburg increased their lead to 3-0 in the second period with Colin Leardi slipping one past the LaSalle netminder.

LaSalle would get themselves on the board with a power play goal of their own, however the Stars answered right back with Greg Fera scoring on the power play and Ryan Holzel gave the Stars a 5-1 lead, scoring shorthanded.

Fera added his second of the game on the power play and LaSalle scored late in the third to round out the scoring.

Friday’s matchup proved to be much tougher as Amherstburg squared off against heated rival the Riverside Rangers.

Riverside took an early 1-0 lead when Caullin Rundle slipped the biscuit past starting goalie Mitch Topliffe.


Stars forward Robert Lavoie is taken out by a Riverside defender in first period action at the UCCU Complex Friday night.

The Rangers held the lead until Amherstburg’s Josh Laframboise filled the back of the net at just three minutes into the second period.

The Stars took their first and only lead of the game with just under three minutes to play when Stars defenseman Matt Rosati sent a laser from the top left circle to the top right corner for his first goal of the season and stealing a win from the Rangers.

After the game head coach Matt Fox said he didn’t necessarily like the way his boys played, however a “gritty” win like that builds character.

“The grind out game where it’s 2-1 or 3-2, those are the games we absolutely want to learn how to win and learn early. We’ll take what we can from this game and move on,” said Fox.

“We didn’t come out the way we wanted to but it’s good to pull one out in the end,” said Rosati.

On Sunday afternoon the Stars traveled to Belle River to close out their week.

Colin Leardi got the Stars off to a quick start with a goal in the opening minutes of the first period.

Belle River tied it at 1-1 in the second period.

The score remained tied until the third period when Belle River took the lead with 11:30 remaining in the period, however that only seemed to wake up the Stars.

Robert Lavoie tied the game at the period’s halfway mark and Stars captain Eric Shaw gave Amherstburg the lead just   two minutes two later.

Lavoie sealed the deal with his second goal of the game, coming on the powerplay.

“I think we were fighting the puck early on, it was just bouncing everywhere,” said Fox. “Shaw showed a lot of resiliency by going to the net hard late in the game. If you do those things well eventually it will pay off for you and it did today.”

Stars defenseman Cody Leeming said the Stars were sluggish in the first two periods but came out strong and eventually took over the game in the final 15 minutes.

“We showed them what we are capable of doing in the third period,” said Leeming.

Leeming also said picking up wins against double A centers are big because it shows others teams you can’t be pushed around.

“If a small town like us can beat them it’s usually a really good sign,” he said. “We have a great group of guys here and we all work together really well.

The Midget Majors improve their record to 17-1-1 and have a chance to dish out a little revenge for their only loss of the season when the Windsor Jr. Spitfires come to Amherstburg this Saturday evening at the UCCU Complex. Puck drop at 8:10 p.m.

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