Midget Majors win big over Essex; stumble verses Southpoint

 

By Joel Charron

The weekend started on the right foot but ended on a sour note for the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars.

Friday night the Stars took care of business, easily disposing of the Essex Ravens 11-3 at the UCCU Complex then 48 hours later were out worked and out played by a hungry Southpoint Capitals team, losing 3-1 in Leamington.

On Friday, it took Stars forward Colin Leardi 14 second to give the Stars a very early 1-0 lead.

Eric Shaw would make it 2-0 just a few minutes later on the power play.

Essex answered right back, scoring three straight goal within a two-minute span.

Amherstburg went into the second period down 3-2, however that awaked the sixth ranked team in the province.

The Stars erupted for five second period goals, coming on the stick of Greg Fera, and two goals coming Mike Popel and   Noah Renaud with one coming on the power play.

 

Stars’ captain Eric Shaw tries to dance around a Southpoint defender.

In the third, Ryan Holzel knocked in two of his own past the goalie while Josh Laframboise made his way on to the score sheet with a goal and Renaud completed the hat trick late in the period.

“We started out slow and couldn’t get much going on but as the game wore on guys started to work hard and we got puck to the net and ended up scoring,” said Renaud.

Head coach Matt Fox said his squad seemed to take their “foot off the gas” after scoring two goals in the first five minutes.

“We didn’t stay focused on the task at hand. We took our opponent lightly after we got a couple,” said Fox. “You can’t do that against anybody regardless where they are at in the standings.”

Fox called it a “wake up call” after the first peri  od.

“Guys came out fired up and showed a lot more intensity moving forward,” he said.

On Sunday, the Stars travelled to Leamington for a matchup against a gritty Southpoint team.

Amherstburg came out flat Sunday evening and the Capitals took advantage by opening the scoring in the first period on the powerplay.

The Capitals increased their lead in the second period, once again finding the back of the net on the power play and adding their third goal of the game with five minutes left in the period.

Renaud put the Stars on the board with Amherstburg’s only goal of the game in the opening minutes of the third period.

The game was called due to curfew with six minute left to play.

“We weren’t prepared, we weren’t focused, we weren’t determined, bottom line,” said Fox.

Fox noted that it’s hard for the offense to find any rhythm when the team takes 18 minutes in penalties.

“Right now we are not playing good hockey and regardless what   we did in Friday night’s game, tonight was just awful,” said Fox

Laframboise admits the Stars didn’t take their opponent all that serious.

“We didn’t show up to play,” he said. “A lot of guys were fooling around before the game and not getting their heads into it and that’s what really set us from them today.”

Laframboise added that Stars felt they would walk all over the Capitals like they did Essex, however discovered quickly they were in for a game.

“Hopefully this is the last wake up call we need,” said Laframboise. “This has happened to us twice.”

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