Midget Majors impressive in first exhibition game

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Midget Stars began their quest for an OMHA three-peat with an impressive 10-1 exhibition win over Essex at the Essex Sports Complex, last Wednesday night.

The Stars exploded for four goals in the first period, three in the second and three more in the final period.

“Our offense is clicking,” said head coach Matt Fox. ‘We kind of had that feeling that we would be able to score goals.”

The Amherstburg Midget Majors Stars picked up right where they left off last season with a 10-1 win over Essex in exhibition action.

Although the Stars saw the goal light lit plenty of times, Fox said his team lack defensive discipline.

“Defensively we weren’t that good,” he said. “We only let in one but we definitely had a lot of turnovers.”

Fox added that he’s not overly concerned about the lack of defense, stating that the coaching staff will have plenty of time to “tighten up” the mental mistakes.

It has been quite the off-season for the defending OMHA and OHF champions. Fox said the majority of the players have been participating in skate around and practices through out the summer.

They have been on the ice, but we haven’t been pushing them too hard,” stated Fox. “We’ll be in game shape in the next two weeks.”

The Stars had a number of players for last year’s squad move on, they still have a solid core that consists of Mike Popel, Matt Rosati, Blaine Bechard, Tyler Morand, Frank Desjadins, Eric Shaw, Jack St. Louis and Dean Shepley.

Fox said the team would have its final roster complete roughly around Sept. 15.

The 2011-12 Stars will boost a roster with lots of skills and plenty of speed but will dramatically lack size, however Fox said there are ways to beat teams who are bigger and stronger.

“If you look at the way the game has changed and the way it’s played now, small teams can survive. They just have to use their skill and speed,” explained Fox. “As

long as we finish our hits, we don’t need to make the big hit.”

For those who think the Stars have become content with winning back—to-back OMHA championships, coupled with an OHF championship, think again.

“It’s a new season, a new team, we want to improve on the stuff we did last year,” said Popel. “We want a three-peat.”

With being the defending champions, the Stars know that every night teams will look to knock them off their pedestal.

“I look forward to the challenge,” said Fox.

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