Midget Majors start out season 2-0

 

Special to the RTT

 

The keys to a pair of victories last weekend for the 2013-14 version of the midget major Stars seems to be to strike early and good defense.

logoamha-smIn their opening game last Friday against Windsor, goaltender Daniel Tonietto turned away 23 shots as he was called upon to make some clutch saves in the contest.

After less than one minute in the first period, Robert Lavoie’s shot was blocked but Jacob Damico’s rebound dribbled into the corner for an early 1-0 lead.

With four minutes to play, Garret Meloche scored on a pretty backhander for his first and just two minutes later, a Sean Santarossa shot from the point was tipped in by Mitch Holden and the Stars had a comfortable lead at 3-0 after one period.

The Spits would get one back midway through the second but Michael Ciccone would add an empty net goal as Tonietto carried the Stars to a 4-1 win.

In the Stars’ second game of the season, with Thomas Demarco between the pipes, it was once again the strike early game plan as Cory Burns’ shot was picked up and Mitch Holden jumped on a rebound. Michael Ciccone fed a streaking Sean Santarossa on a breakaway and he cashed in his first and that’s all the Stars would need as they held on for a 2-0 victory.

It was big hits from defensemen Zak Parlette and Zak Fritch and Demarco stopped all 17 shots he faced.

Coach Glen Holden said after game two, “I like that we got the wins but when we get our full squad back, we can see what our real team has to offer this year. We made mistakes in all three areas on the ice but we have lots of time for this team to get its chemistry. This is a team that should come together quickly.”

Check the AMHA website (www.amherstburghockey.com) for future midget major games.

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