Midget Minor Stars go 0-1-1 over weekend

 

Special to the RTT

The Amherstburg Midget Minor Stars hit the ice in their home opener Friday night, for the first of two games last weekend, ready to battle the Tecumseh Eagles.  Josh Paquette was the goaltender for the night.  With 9:13 left in the first period Garett Meloche scored a power play goal, assisted by Michael Lenson, to give Amherstburg the lead.

Less than two minutes later Tecumseh answered, followed by another with just slightly over a minute left in the first.  The first period ended with Tecumseh in the lead 2-1.

It was a relatively quiet second period until Tecumseh found the back of the net yet again with 1:33 remaining.  Amherstburg’s Jordan Bastien scored with 41 seconds left before the buzzer, assisted by Brent Allen.

Victory was within reach with a score of 3-2 in Tecumseh’s favor heading into the third.  At 10:10 in the third Tecumseh scored but was quickly resolved by Cory Burns, assisted by Spencer Benvenuto.  Tecumseh went on to score twice more leaving the final at 6-3.  Shots on each goal were even at 23 a piece.  Great increase in checking and passing by all the team.

Sunday evening found the team making their first visit of the season to Kingsville Arena looking for some valuable points.  Erie opened the scoring with an early goal, but the lead would be short lived when Benvenuto evened up the score with an unassisted goal.  Later in the first period Erie would once again regain the lead 2-1 at 8:39.

The second period found two well matched teams battling for the lead when Kane Morneau picked up an assist after setting up a nice shot for Benvenuto, who’s second goal of the night tied the game back up.

Just before the intermission the Star’s would once again light up the red light when Garrett Meloche’s shot left a huge rebound for Kyle Fockens.  The Midget Minors took a 3-2 lead into the third period, backed up by strong defensive play by Ryan Wismer and Mike Lenson who were stepping up their physical game to repeatedly shut down Erie’s forwards.  Wes Werner’s goaltending was key in this game as he faced 36 shots including a remarkable glove save through a crowd of players with five minutes left to play.

A late game penalty with just over two minutes remaining found the Star’s down a man, after which Erie pulled their goalie for two extra attackers.  The penalty kill was nearly successful but with twenty-five seconds left in the game, Erie found the mesh to tie it back up at three.  With seconds remaining Meloche nearly got a game winner after just missing the top corner of the opposition’s net, but both teams would have to be satisfied with a single point.  Final score 3-3.

 

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