Midget majors tune up for OHF tournament against previous OMHA champions

 

Zak Parlette (44) of the 2013-14 Amherstburg Stars midget major team attempts to score on 2009-10 midget major goalie Mark Fenty last Friday night.

Zak Parlette (44) of the 2013-14 Amherstburg Stars midget major team attempts to score on 2009-10 midget major goalie Mark Fenty last Friday night.

The 2009-10 midget major champions (dark jerseys, at left) and this year's midget major team played last Friday  night at the Libro Centre. The 2009-10 team won the battle of OMHA champions 4-0.

The 2009-10 midget major champions (dark jerseys, at left) and this year’s midget major team played last Friday night at the Libro Centre. The 2009-10 team won the battle of OMHA champions 4-0.

By Ron Giofu

 

It was champion against champion last Friday night with the goal of making an even bigger champion out of one of the two teams.

The current Amherstburg Stars midget major team, who captured the 2013-14 OMHA championship March 23 in Ajax, faced off with the 2009-10 OMHA champion Amherstburg Stars team Friday night at the Libro Centre as a way to get this year’s team ready for the OHF tournament in Timmins this weekend.

Glen Holden, the head coach of both of those championship teams, said that Kyle Burns helped put the game together as Burns played on the 2009-10 team and now is an assistant coach with the 2013-14 team. Holden said there was over two weeks of down time after the OMHA title win so the current team needed a way to stay sharp.

“For the most part, we had a pretty good turnout,” said Holden, of the 2009-10 players. Some were with the Essex 73’s in their quest for a provincial Jr. C title while a few others had personal commitments.

“We were down a few bodies but it was nice to have them back together again,” said Holden.

Holden added the coaches wanted the current team to be able to enjoy the OMHA title but also get focused on the next task at hand, which is the OHF tournament. They know one of their potential opponents, the London Bandits, as the Stars beat them twice in tournament action early in the season but Holden expects them to be an improved bunch.

“Any team that is there is there for a reason. It will be stiff competition no matter who we face,” said Holden.

The current team, which lost 4-0 in Friday night’s exhibition game, heads to Timmins tonight as they have to be there by Thursday evening.

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