Midget Majors roll through Bluewater to grab number one seed

 

By Joel Charron

 

After a busy week of hockey the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars finished the Bluewater round robin stage a perfect 8-0 and wrapped up the first seed heading into the knockout round.

The crazy week of hockey began last Tuesday with a win of 5-1 over the Kent Cobras, Thursday night the Stars handed their rival the Riverside Rangers a 5-1 loss. On Saturday the Stars travelled to Tecumseh for an impressive 3-0 win over the Eagles and on Sunday evening the Stars closed out the round robin stage with a dominating 7-0 win over the Essex Ravens.

“Our goaltending has always been strong but the last few games we actually started playing some team defense and it has paid off,” said head coach Matt Fox.

In the four game span the Stars outscored their opponents 20-2, with goals coming from all over the Amherstburg lineup.

Against Kent, Noah Renaud scored twice and Alex Popel, Josh Laframboise and Zak Parlette each found the back of the net.

Kiefer Wright popped his first goal of the playoffs against Riverside followed by goals from Ryan Holzel, Parlette and two from Laframboise.

Stars defenseman Cody Leeming pops in one of Amherstburg seven goals against Essex Sunday night . Amherstburg won 7-0.

Stars defenseman Cody Leeming pops in one of Amherstburg seven goals against Essex Sunday night . Amherstburg won 7-0.

Holzel lit the lamp twice against Tecumseh and Colin Leardi added a marker of his own.

Holzel scored another two goals against Essex and Greg Fera, Robert Lavoie, Cody Leeming, Popel and Renaud each found their way into the score sheet.

“It’s nice to see everyone contributing to the wins,” said Stars captain Eric Shaw. “We’re playing good hockey right now.”

Shaw said the Stars are playing relaxed and having a lot of fun on the ice.

“Most of the pressure is off after we got eliminated from playdowns. A lot of the boys are just going out there and having fun,” said Shaw.      “When we are having fun and playing relax, we are a tough team to beat.”

The Stars seem to be clicking on all cylinders as of late. In the four game span the Stars have allowed their opponents only one power play goal on 17 opportunities while scoring seven goals on 20 opportunities with the main advantage.

“We are executing very well right now,” said Fox. “We’re catching breaks and getting the bounces and the puck is finding the back of the net. Sometimes you go through stretches where things aren’t going your way but right now it is.”

The Stars will host a semi-final matchup against the fourth seed, however their opponent and date of the game is yet to be determined.

The winner of the matchup will face the winner of the second semi-final at the Bluewater Day of Champions on April 7 at Essex.

“We’re looking to close out our season with a championship,” said Shaw.

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