Midget Majors steal win and tie last weekend

 

Midget MajorsBy Ron Giofu

 

The jerseys may be slightly different but the outcome is still the same as the midget majors received new jerseys last Friday and wore them to a pair of road games.

The Stars scraped out a hard fought 4-2 victory over Belle River and then, last Sunday, picked up a free point in a 2-2 deadlock against a determined Windsor Jr. Spitfire group.

In Belle River last Saturday night, it was once again Cory Burns opening the scoring just three minutes in thanks to a great feed from winger Robert Lavoie to put the visitors up early but only eight seconds later, it was Burns’ turn to centre Colin Leardi for Leardi’s first goal of the game to give the Stars an early two-goal lead.

The Jr. Canadiens didn’t back down as they capitalized on a powerplay tally two minutes later and eventually tied the contest at two before the period was over.

In the second period, the Stars outplayed Belle River and were rewarded with a goal from the slot off the tape of Burns again to restore their lead.

Goalie Daniel Tonietto made three brilliant saves to keep the Stars in the game and that seemed to be the difference as Leardi, with help from Ryan Wismer and Lavoie, pushed their lead to two with just three minutes remaining.

Tonietto was perfect the rest of the way and the Stars escaped with a 4-2 victory.

After the game, defenseman Sean Santarossa said, “Daniel was awesome in the last two periods. He kept us in this one until we could get a lead. That was a very good win for him against a pretty strong team.”

Tonietto turned away 26 shots for the victory.

On Sunday in Windsor against a feisty Jr. Spitfire lineup, the Stars battled back twice from behind to grab a tie in this hard-hitting battle.

With Thomas Demarco in the cage for the Stars, it was the hometown Spits who would open the scoring midway through the first period, but an unassisted slap shot from the top of the circle from – who else? – Burns to the top corner would knot the game at one each.

The Spits would again grab the lead four minutes later in the second period. In the third, with both teams exchanging scoring chances, it was Burns who would gobble up a free puck at the side of the half-open net and his shot would trickle past the goal line for his eighth goal in the last three games.

Demarco saw lots of rubber as he stopped 22 of 24 shots he saw.

Next week, the Stars hope to improve on their 10-1-2 record with contests against Southpoint and Erie North Shore.

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