Midget Stars Defeat Belle River in Rough Affair

By Aaron Jahn

The Amherstburg Midget Major Stars took home a decisive victory in a penalty filled game Wednesday night against the Belle River Canadiens that included an unexpected delay due to zamboni difficulties.

Lead by two goals from Dan Bondy, the Stars were in tough against a rough Belle River squad until midway through the second frame.

The Stars opened the scoring early with a goal by Bondy on a pass from behind the net by Jack St. Louis after controlling the puck off a faceoff in the Canadiens end, Michael Popel was also credited with an assist on the play.

Belle River responded quickly, scoring on a quick shot following a turnover in front of the Stars net.  The teams stayed tied until the parade to the penalty box started.

The Stars restored their lead early in the second with a hard work goal by Frank Desjardins assisted by Alex Popel early in the second to restore the Stars lead.

The Belle River penalty kill managed to hold the Stars at bay for the first half of the game until one of their players got five and the gate for fighting and an additional two for instigating.  A seven minute power play for the Stars ensued, seeing them convert five times to put the game out of reach.

Bondy kicked off the power play onslaught after a nice feed from Tyler Morand.  Five minutes later Matt Rosati scored to give the Stars a 4-1 lead, assisted by Bondy and Morand.  They went into the locker room with the three-goal advantage.

Coach Matt Fox was happy with the power play, but wants to see more at even strength.

“Our special team-play was good, but we need to be better five-on-five.  I think we know we can score and we can keep the puck out of our net and that we did that today,” said Fox.

A 35 minute delay occurred in the game when the Zamboni started leaking hydraulic fluid while cleaning the ice in the second intermission, they were eventually able to get the ice cleaned and make sure that no damage had occurred that would put player safety at risk.  The delay caused the third period to be shortened by around 10 minutes.

Following the delay, Belle River scored a quick short-handed goal, catching the Stars flat-footed coming off the break.   The Stars quickly answered with three goals in four minutes by A. Popel, St. Louis and Matt Ward-Trymbulak.

Ward-Trymbulak thought the Stars were a little slow out of the gate, but took advantage of the rough play by Belle River.

“We got off to a slow start, obviously at the end we really took it to them.  They got a lot of penalties and it took us awhile to get our power play going.  But we outworked them and it showed in the end,” said Ward-Trymbulak.

“They were really dirty and it started to (anger) us a bit, so we turned that energy into positive energy and we scored some goals.”

The adjustment period to the new headshot rules continued with the Stars taking 10 penalties in the game, five of them headshot calls.  They were successful in killing off all 10.

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