Midget Majors open 2014-15 season with 2-1 win over Tecumseh


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The defending midget major OMHA and OHF champion Amherstburg Stars opened up the regular season this past Friday evening at the Libro Center versus the Tecumseh Eagles with the Stars winning 2-1.

The Stars were looking to build off an average preseason record of 1-1-1, which saw the Stars starting to gel as a team. As expected, with many new faces in the lineup, both teams started off tentative.

As the pace started to increase, the Eagles were first to strike at the 6:29 mark of the first period, when forward Andrew Luppino was able to slide the puck past Stars’ goaltender Josh Paquette.

Playing from behind in the second period, the Stars found themselves on the power play when Jarrod Benninger fired a slap shot from the point and Colton McGregor slammed home the rebound for his first goal of the season. The pace was fast in the third period, as both teams tried to take control of the game.

However, it would be the Stars who were able to take the lead after vintage cycling from Cory Burns and Garrett Meloche, power forward Jacob Damico was able fire a shot past the Eagles goaltender.

The Eagles pressed the rest of the game, but with solid defensive play from Mitch Holden, and Mike Lenson, they could not beat Paquette who stood tall in net.

The Stars won with a final score of 2-1.  Head coach Glen Holden said after the game, “the staff was happy with the end results, considering it was our first game of the year. It will take some time for our team to gel and get used to our systems, especially with only eight returning players. Our staff is looking forward to the challenge of preparing this team for a long playdown run.”

Next up for the Stars are the Kent Cobras this Saturday in Chatham.

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