Midget Majors grind out win over Windsor

 

By Joel Charron

 

If Sunday evening’s matchup against the Windsor Jr. Spitfires was a test, the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars passed with flying colours.

The Stars defeated the Jr. Spits 4-2 at Adie Know Herman Arena win Windsor behind two goal performance by Alex Popel and another outstanding effort between the pipes for starting goalie Mitch Topliffe.

The season series between the two teams ended with Amherstburg and Windsor each picking up a win at home.

“We did the things that we needed to do,” said head coach Matt Fox. “We were pretty good today and Topper stood on his head.”

Popel gave the Stars an early first period lead, finding the back of the net on the power play at the 8:34 mark.

Windsor returned the favour by scoring a power play marker of their own just a minute later, however, the Stars regained the lead when Popel lit the lamp for his second goal of the period.

 

Stars goalie Mitch Topliffe tracks a puck into his glove during second period action on Sunday evening

Stars goalie Mitch Topliffe tracks a puck into his glove during second period action on Sunday evening

Matt Rosati scored the only goal in the second period and headed into the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.

Windsor notched their second power play goal of the game with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

With just over two minutes remaining Stars forward Mike Popel put the game out of reach, scoring on a perfectly placed laser, which found the top right corner.

Popel said this victory taste a litter better knowing that they defeated an AA centre.

“It always feels great beating a AA centre,” said Popel. “We’re defiantly the single A team to beat and we want to show every one that. We took it to Windsor tonight.”

Popel credited Topliffe for keep the back of the net clean when Windsor stepped up their aggressiveness.

“Topper played unreal today,” he said. “He really stood on his head. Without him we probably would have been down a few goals. Who knew what the out come would have been if it wasn’t for him.”

The Stars spent close to 20 minutes in the sin bin, something Coach Fox wasn’t too pleased with but credited his team for battling through the adversity.

“We spent a lot of time in the box,” said Fox. “We obviously need to change that but that’s nothing new for us. We know every game we need to stay out of the box and do a better job being discipline. But our penalty kill unit did its job when they needed to.”

The Stars move to 2-0 in Bluewater playoffs.

The Stars next game is this Saturday against Belle River at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. Puck drop is at 8:10 p.m.

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