Midget Majors make statement with 6-0 win over Riverside


By Joel Charron

If the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars were looking to send a message to the rest of the league, mission accomplished.

The Stars handed the Riverside Rangers a 6-0 loss at the UCCU Complex Saturday evening  and improve to 10-0 (including tournament games.)

Mitch Topliffe picked up the shutout as the Stars blanked their opponent for the second straight game.

“It just shows you how strong we are defensively and how we can put the puck in the net,” said Topliffe.

Amherstburg has outscored their opponent 13-0 during that span.

It didn’t take very long for the Stars to find the back of the net. Colin Leardi opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game, popping the puck in on the power play. Cody Leeming and Robert Lavoie each picked up an assist.

Leardi added his second goal for a 2-0 lead with less than five minutes left in the period. Lavoie and Ryan Holzel were credited with the helper.

Holzel scored the only goal of the second period.

Eric Shaw added two of his own goals, including one on the power play and Alex Popel made his way on to the score sheet with a power play goal with 5.2 seconds to play.


Stars Forward Noah Renaud sent a Riverside defender into the boards with a bone rattling body check

“Anytime we can put up a W against those guys (Riverside) is very gratifying, but to do it in that fashion was a statement we wanted to make,” said Stars head coach Matt Fox.  “We want to make this barn the toughest to play in.”

At home, Amherstburg is 2-0 and have out scored their opponents 11-3.

“Everyone played their part today,” said Leardi.

Leardi said he was pleased with the Stars discipline, not allowing Riverside to get under their skin, taking only four penalties.

“You can’t let it get under your skin. Our guys handled it well. We took a couple silly penalties but we got back into it,” said Leardi.

With the Stars sitting undefeated, Leardi noted the Stars still have to keep a level head.

“It’s good to be confident but not cocky,” stated Leardi. “Everyone knows we are a good team and we know we have what it takes to win, we just have to keep coming at it.”

Fox said with each game the Stars chemistry is improving.

“Our guys are starting to get their legs underneath them and buying into the team aspect of it and we’re playing hard,” said Fox. “When you have people doing those things, you can’t complain.”

You won’t be hearing Fox complain about their first 10 games.

The Stars have outscored their opponents 44-11 while averaging 4.4 goals per game and allowing 1.1 goals per game.

Five of the 10 Stars’ wins have come via shutout.

“It’s a great feeling knowing we haven’t been beaten yet,” said Topliffe. “It’s a challenge for every other team to be the first to knock us off and a challenge for us to keep this rolling.”

One response to “Midget Majors make statement with 6-0 win over Riverside”

  1. Jerzy Kubiak Jr says:

    That head coach Matt Fox, is a true inspiration to all local hockey players. He know’s how to coach very well. Good work Mr. Fox! Keep that stick on the ice and crash that net.