Midget Minors finish week with home win

 

Special to the RTT

The Minor Midget Star’s played against their rivals,  the Riverside Ranger’s, in a tightly contested game at Forest Glade Arena late Friday.

Amherstburg found themselves on an early power play after a head contact penalty was served by Riverside.  As the power play came to a close Brent Allen assisted by setting up a one timer from Jordan Bastien, who blasted a shot past the net minder from the blue line.

Kane Morneau kept the score even when he took out a pair of Ranger’s during a two on one break later in the period.  The Stars goaltender Josh Paquette played very strong coming up with several big saves as the game progressed.

The Rangers had their chance in the middle of the period when a puck sat alone in the crease but the Stars Joel Rorseth chipped the puck out to the neutral zone keeping the Rangers off the board.

As the period came to a close, Riverside eventually managed to sneak one past Paquette leaving the game tied at one.  The second period would see Riverside score their second taking the lead for the first time in the game.  A very tight defensive style was played including Mike Lenson clearing out Paquette’s crease after a scrimmage in front of the Stars net.

In the middle of the second Kyle Fockens skated back to spoil a two on one breakout by Riverside as he took back possession of the puck.

The game remained a one-goal contest until the last few minutes with many excellent scoring efforts by the Stars.  Amherstburg coach Glen Holden made the decision to pull the goaltender as time ran out, but Riverside found the empty net to end the game. The game was curfewed after a last minute melee following the last goal, final score 3-1.

Saturday night’s home game versus Southpoint Capitals gave the Minor Midgets their first win of the season. There were many penalties resulting in a host of power play goals as the game continued.

Southpoint opened the scoring in the first on the power play but Bastien scored shortly after off an assist from Mitch Holden while playing with an extra skater to tie the game.

Late in the opening period, Stars goaltender Wes Werner came up huge with a big glove save keeping the game at one each.

The Capitals once again scored taking the lead, however Jordan Bastien would once again knot the game at two, driving home a power play goal setup by Ryan Wismer.

Amherstburg would take a 3-2 lead when Braeden Derksen’s point shot ended up on Rorseth’s stick, who then flipped it to Cory Burns who found the back of the net.

As the period ended, a surging Avery Brush fought through two Capitals nearly creating another breakaway for the Stars.

Third period action found Kane Morneau providing the perfect tip pass to Burns who buried his second of the night.  Although Southpoint threatened after bringing the score within one, it would be a pass from Morneau to Spencer Benvenuto who fed the puck to Bastien who completed his hat trick performance, sealing the Capital’s fate. Final score 5-4 Stars.

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