Midget Majors open OMHA quarterfinals with two wins

 

 Special to the RTT

The Amherstburg Midget Majors continued their strong play with two very important wins this past weekend on home ice.

Saturday night the Stars opened their series against the Welland Tigers, the winners of the Niagara district.

In front of a large hometown crowd the Midget Majors rolled to a 5-0 win, backstopped by an outstanding performance from goalie Dershahn Stewart and five power play goals. The physical affair saw a steady stream of players from both teams heading to the box.

Amherstburg goalie Dershahn Stewart makes a save on a wrap-around attempt in the second period of last Saturday night’s midget major game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg beat Welland 5-0 in this game and won 4-1 Sunday afternoon to take a commanding lead in their six-point series with the Welland Tigers.

Amherstburg goalie Dershahn Stewart makes a save on a wrap-around attempt in the second period of last Saturday night’s midget major game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg beat Welland 5-0 in this game and won 4-1 Sunday afternoon to take a commanding lead in their six-point series with the Welland Tigers.

The Midget Majors were able to kill off an early two-man disadvantage and opened the scoring in the second period with a goal off the stick of Jake Topliffe. Colton McGregor and Ernie Godden would add assists on the goal. Two minutes later, the Stars added their second goal of the period by Jarrod Benninger, with assists from McGregor and Godden.

Holding a slim 2-0 lead heading into the third period, the Midget Majors would take advantage of their power play opportunities to score three times. Zack Yott would score twice and Kyle Meloche added a single, Joey Bouzide and Meloche added two assists apiece, while Garret Blunt and Bryce McGregor added singles.

Game 2 would go Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre on Valentine’s Day. With neither team showing any love for one another and the referee trying to keep control of the physical affair, there were a large number of penalty minutes for each team. Zach Yott opened the scoring for the Stars in the first period with the help of Benninger. Colton McGregor would add a power play goal from the point with an assist from Bouzide.

The first period ended with the Midget Majors holding a 2-0 lead. Welland would close the gap with a power play goal of their own but Josh Paquette would shut the door and keep the Tigers off the score sheet the rest of the game.

Holding a 2-1 lead going into the third, the Midget Majors took control of the game with another goal from Yott, assisted by Benninger. At the ten-minute mark, Ernie Godden would close out the scoring on a great individual effort, aided once again by Benninger.

The steady flow to the penalty box continued for both teams the rest of the way, leading to both teams losing a player each to questionable suspensions. The Stars now head to Welland Friday night looking to close out the series.

The Amherstburg Midget Major team played in front of a large hometown crowd all weekend and would like to thank their loyal fans for their continued support.   The Stars also want to wish the Bantam Minors and Midget A/E the best of luck in their own OMHA Quarter Final Series play.

The Midget Majors and Bantam Minors both play Friday night in Welland, while the Midget A/E team plays game five of their series against Grimsby, Saturday at 4:20pm at the Libro Centre.

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