Rangers outshine Stars in Friday night tilt

 

By Joel Charron

It was a somber atmosphere following the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars’ 7-3 loss to the Riverside Rangers, Friday night at the UCCU Complex.

Friday night’s game was a matchup of the Bluewater League’s top two teams, however only one looked worthy of their position.

The Stars allowed five powerplay goals and one shorthanded goal in one of the worst defeats the Stars have had this season.

“There is are few things I would like to have gone differently,” said Stars head coach Matt Fox. “We didn’t have any jump coming out and they took it to us.”

The Rangers jumped on the Stars quick and early, popping in two goals in the opening five minutes of the game and adding a third with just under four minutes to play.

Riverside pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second before Stars captain Dan Bondy broke the shutout with a shot from the top of the left circle on the powerplay, Mike Popel and Spencer Petrozzi each picked up the helper.

 

Amherstburg Stars’ Eric Shaw tries to split two Riverside defenders as he races towards the net.

Riverside added a shorthanded goal before Matt Rosati would strike again on the powerplay. Greg Fera and Petrozzi were credited with the assists.

Riverside popped their fifth powerplay goal in the middle of the third and Jack St. Louis found the back of the net just moments later to round out the scoring.

“We just didn’t have it tonight,” said Fox.

Fox added that if the Stars do not learn how to play a more disciplined game, they could be looking at a first round exit out of the playoffs.

Bondy said the team may be battling fatigue after playing four games in a tournament in the previous weekend, as well as, practices and high school hockey games.

“We didn’t have our legs and they used that against us,” said Bondy.

Bondy said the Stars will have to have a short memory and put this game behind them.

“There is nothing we can do about this game tonight,” he said. “It’s done, it’s over. It’s time to move on and leave this game behind us.”

The next night, the Stars rebounded nicely with a 6-1 win over Essex. Petrozzi, Tyler Morand, Greg Fera and Eric Shaw each had a goal each while Dean Shepley ginoed twiced.

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