Midget Majors win two of three last week


Stars Centre Colin Leardi weaves his way between 2 Kent Cobra's before scoring the Stars 5th goal last Friday night in a 7-1 victory.

Stars Centre Colin Leardi weaves his way between 2 Kent Cobra’s before scoring the Stars 5th goal last Friday night in a 7-1 victory.

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The Amherstburg Stars midget major team recorded a pair of lopsided victories at home last week by the identical scores of 7-1.

The Stars knocked off Riverside and Kent but also suffered only their third loss of the season by way of a 3-2 setback versus the Southpoint Capitals.

The Stars completed the 2013 portion of their schedule with a very impressive 18-3-2 record that has them atop the standings in the Bluewater League.

Last Tuesday at home, the Stars’ sniper Ryan Holzel slipped in a hat trick to lead the Stars and Thomas Demarco was almost perfect as they exploited the Riverside blueliners and jumped out to an early three-goal lead in this contest.

It was a shifty Cory Burns who would capitalize on a Colin Leardi flip pass to put the Stars on the board midway through the opening period and Holzel’s bad angle shot found the top shelf for his first shot of the game and winger Michael Ciccone busted his way through a pair of Ranger defenders and Ciccone’s puck would slide into the bottom corner for a three-goal cushion after one.

In the middle frame, the Stars added a pair of tallies including a backhander by Holzel and captain Noah Renaud would cash in one himself with help from Mitch Holden and Holzel.

In the third period, Robbie Lavoie spotted teammate Garret Meloche in the slot for his first and Holzel would finish off the Rangers with another upper deck backhander for a convincing 7-1 victory.

Last Friday night at the UCCU Complex, the Stars borrowed the same recipe and got some revenge for an earlier loss in Chatham by destroying the Kent Cobras 7-1.

A point shot from the blade of Marshal Laing found nothing but net with less than one minute off the opening draw and the Stars grabbed the early advantage.

The Cobras would tie the game ten minutes later but a pair of quick strikes, the first on a snap shot from the slot by Jacob Damico and the second after Holden set up Holzel one minute later, gave Amherstburg a 3-1 opening period lead.

In the second period, centre Colin Leardi would shelf a pair of goals only two minutes apart and in the third period, he would set up linemate Garett Meloche just outside the faceoff circle to put the Stars up 6-1.

A powerplay marker by Sean Santarossa just inside the post would give goalie Daniel Tonietto the easy victory in net as he handled all but one of the 17 shots he saw.

Last Saturday night in Wheatley, the Stars came out of the dressing room flat and the Southpoint squad made them pay as they surprised the Stars with a duo of early goals in the first period.

Leardi would cut the Caps’ lead in half before the end of the period and after a scoreless middle frame, the Capitals would light the lamp again at the ten-minute mark to restore their two-gal lead.

The Stars would push a late goal across the line by Noah Renaud with help from Laing and Ryan Wismer but with the extra attacker on the ice for the Stars, they just couldn’t get the equalizer they needed and the Capitals skated off with a hard-earned 3-2 victory.

Defenseman Zak Parlette said after the game “our sloppiness came back to bite us in the first period. We just have to play better against a good team. We started out slow and dug a hole for ourselves. We never really got to play our game the way we planned.”

After Christmas, the Stars are off to Petrolia to defend the Silver Stick qualifier that the midget major Stars captures last year at the same time.

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