Midget Majors take series lead

 

Special to the RTT

The Amherstburg Midget Majors completed the weekend with a commanding 2-0 series lead against their archrivals from Riverside. On Friday night at the Libro Centre, in front of a great home crowd, the Stars recorded a dramatic overtime win.

The Midget Majors began the game with a bang and scored two quick goals to send the visitors from Riverside reeling. Ernie Godden opened the scoring on the game’s first shift, with assists awarded to Jake Topliffe and Jarrod Benninger. Two shifts later, Justin Veldhuis added to the Stars lead on an assist from Zack Yott.

Justin Veldhuis’ shot from a bad angle managed to elude the Riverside goalie in the first period of last Friday night’s midget major action at the Libro Centre. The Amherstburg Stars midget major team won 3-2 in overtime.

Justin Veldhuis’ shot from a bad angle managed to elude the Riverside goalie in the first period of last Friday night’s midget major action at the Libro Centre. The Amherstburg Stars midget major team won 3-2 in overtime.

Riverside scored late in the first period on a power play to close the Stars lead to 2-1. The score would remain that way until the Midget Majors found themselves shorthanded again with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Riverside took advantage of their opportunity to send the game into overtime with the score deadlocked at 2-2. This would set up the heroics from David Desormeaux who scored the dramatic overtime winner to send the hometown crowd home happy and giving the Midget Majors an all important 1-0 series lead.

The Stars would ride the momentum into Riverside Sunday for a late afternoon battle. In a very physical affair, Amherstburg would open the scoring with a top shelf goal from Kyle Meloche, Garret Blunt helped set up the first goal. The score would remain 1-0 for the Midget Majors well into the second period before Riverside would tie the game up on a goalmouth scramble. The physical game saw both sides delivering some bone-crushing hits and the physical battles continued into the third period. Nick Bertram would dominate his opponent down low in the offensive zone and the hard work resulted in the game-winning goal.

Blunt and Michael Petroni added assists on the game winner. At the eight-minute mark of the third period, Justin Veldhuis would add an insurance marker and provide some breathing room for the Stars. The McGregor brothers (Colton and Bryce) assisted on the Veldhuis goal. The physical battle continued right to the final buzzer, as both teams have created a distinct dislike for one another. With the win, the Amherstburg Midget Majors have taken a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five Bluewater final. The winner of the series will take on an undetermined opponent from the Niagara District in a quarter-final OMHA series.

Game 3 is scheduled to be played this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Libro Centre. The Midget Majors would like to wish both the Bantam Minor and Midget A/E teams good luck in their Playdown series. The Bantam Minors are scheduled to play game 4 of their series against Erie, Friday at 5:30 (if necessary) and the Midget A/E team opens their series against Grimsby Friday night at 8:50 p.m. See everyone at the Libro Centre Friday night!

 

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