Midget Majors pick up two wins in Bluewater playoffs


By Joel Charron


After picking up more wins the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars move to 4-0 in the Bluewater playoffs.

Saturday night, the Stars picked up a lackluster 5-2 win over the visiting Belle River Canadiens and picked up another home win Monday night defeating the Southpoint Capitals 7-0.

On Friday, Ryan Holzel continued his hot streak by opening the scoring just 59 seconds in the first frame and popped in two more in the second period for the natural hat trick.

Robert Lavoie gave the Stars a 4-0 lead in the third period before Belle River got on the board scoring the next two goals to cut the Amherstburg lead to 4-2.

However that would be the closest the Canadiens would get as Stars defenseman Matt Rosati lit the lamp with a minute left in regulation to put the game out of reach.

Although the Stars picked up the win, head coach Matt Fox was not pleased with the Stars effort level.

“We looked slow, unfocused and unorganized,” said Fox.   “Plain and simple we didn’t play well tonight.”

The Stars were back on the ice Monday night against the team they eliminated from the OMHA playdowns, the    Southpoint Capitals.

Stars defenseman Kiefer Wight keeps his balance as a Belle River defender tumbles to his knees.

Stars defenseman Kiefer Wight keeps his balance as a Belle River defender tumbles to his knees.

It didn’t take long for the Stars to take the lead as Lavoie found the back of the net just 11 seconds into the opening frame.

Alex Popel added to the lead, scoring halfway through the period as the Stars carried a 2-0 lead into the second period.

Josh Laframboise made it 3-0 with a nifty top shelf backhand as Holzel and Lavoie only added to the scoreboard for a 5-0 after 30 minutes of play.

Mike Popel and Eric Shaw each added a marker in the third period.

Stars goalie Mitch Topliffe turned in another stellar performance, shutting down the Capitals offense on several breakaways throughout the game.

Topliffe said although the Stars are not battling for an OMHA title the team’s pride is on the line as well as the Bluewater League title.

“To me there is still hockey left to be played. I’m not going to stop playing hard,” said Topliffe.

Fox said Topliffe has been the most constant player on the Stars during the Bluewater playoffs run.

“I think it’s pretty clear he’s (Topliffe) been our best player and he’s standing on his head right now. I wish everyone had the intensity that that kid has.”

The Stars have a busy week ahead of them, Thursday night they travel to the WFCU Centre for a tilt against Riverside, Saturday night they hook up against Tecumseh and they will close out the Bluewater playoffs Sunday night in Essex.

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