Midget Majors start season with win

Desjardins scores hat trick in 6-3 win over Essex

By Joel Charron

Frank Desjardins picked up right where he left off last season.

Desjardins, who scored the game winning goal to capture Amherstburg’s first ever OHF title, recorded a hat trick in the Amherstburg Midget Majors Stars home opener 6-3 win over the visiting Essex Ravens.

“I got a quick goal, which got momentum for myself, and I kept putting them in. Our passing was great, our break out was great and that led to some chances,” said Desjardins.

With an Essex defender draped all over him, Dean Shepley drives towards the net as he tries to make a play.

Finding the back of the net three times wasn’t something that Desjardins expected, especially since he was trying out new skates.

A penalty filled first period saw the Stars take a 2-1 lead into the first break, with goals coming from Desjardins and Spencer Petrozzi.

The Ravens scored on the power play early in the second period to tie the game.

Nearly five minutes later Desjardins lit the lamp to regain the lead and with 1:17 left in the second period, Desjardins would complete the hat trick with his third goal of the game.

Petrozzi and Matt Ward-Trymbulak would each slip one past the Raven’s goalie before Essex rounded the score at 6-3 with five minutes left.

The game was called 3:46 left to go in the third period because curfew had been reached.

Assistant coach T.J. McWhinnie said, despite the win there is plenty room for improvement.

“We definitely played an undisciplined game,” he said. ”We need to tighten it up. The

Stars goalie Mitchell Topliffe squeezes the puck within his equipment as an Essex defender hopes for a rebound

refs are going to call these head check penalties and we have to stop with the retaliation stuff.”

Although McWhinnie said he was happy with the effort the Stars showed on the ice he added that he believes they can play “much better.”

The second year assistant bench boss said the roster hasn’t been finalized and noted that there are still guys fighting for a roster spot.

“A lot of guys played their asses off for a roster spot. It’s good to see,” said McWhinnie. “When we got up we tried to roll four lines and they didn’t disappoint me at all.”

According to Desjardins, one of the team’s goals this year is to have the best penalty kill in the league.

“We’re aiming to have the best penalty kill, just in case we run into penalty problems,” he said.

The Stars’ next game is Friday night at home against LaSalle. Puck drop at 9:10 p.m.

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