Midget Majors pay back Windsor with loss

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Midget Major Stars dished out a little pay back over the weekend.

The Stars avenged their only loss of the season by defeating the Windsor Jr. Spitfires in a very chippy 3-2 win at the UCCU Complex Saturday night.

The Stars took an early 2-0 lead in the first period with Stars captain Eric Shaw and Mike Popel lighting the lamp.

Windsor would find their way on the scoreboard with just less than three minutes to play, scoring on a fluttering puck that beat starting goaltender Mitch Topliffe.

The score would remain tied until the third period; Windsor found the back of the net from a shot from the point, as the game was tied 2-2 with under seven minutes to play.

In the final minute, Amherstburg was given a power play opportunity and made the best of their chance.

Greg Fera gave the Stars a 3-2 lead with 28.8 seconds left on a wrap around goal.

Windsor couldn’t find an equalizer as the Stars handed the Jr. Spits only their second loss of the season.

“It was a tight game between two very good teams,’ said head coach Matt Fox. “We gave up the

Stars forward Colin Pretty fights off a Windsor defender as he is coming into the Windsor zone.

lead but we showed a lot of character battling back against a really strong team and our power play capitalized when we needed it to.”

The Stars penalty-killing unit once again played a pivotal role in their win. Amherstburg killed off all four of their penalties and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games.

“Our penalty kill is fantastic,” said Fox. “Alex Popel, Josh Laframboise, Noah Renaud and Colin Pretty are dynamo out there for us. They allow our other guys to keep their legs fresh so we can attack five on five.”

Fera said Amherstburg came into this game with the mindset of a playoff game.

“This was a huge win for us,” said Fera. “The only way we can win Bluewater and be in first place is to beat Windsor. We came out played hard and got the W.”

Fera admits the power play was shooting blanks all game but found the back of the net when they needed to.

“We are going to have nights like that but it finally pulled through for us at the end,” he said.

Fera also added winning the close one-goal games give the Stars a lot of confidence moving forward, he said it gives  the boys hope that in close games they know they can pull it out.

“In close games, we know we have the upper hand and we know that we play better in the third period,” he said.

The Midget Majors travel to Niagara Falls this weekend to take part in the Andy Passero Memorial Touranment.

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