Stars clip Eagles 4-1 in rematch

By Joel Charron

The Tecumseh Midget Major Eagles got an important lesson in karma.

After the Eagles taunted the Amherstburg Midget Majors Stars following a 5-2 win at the United Communities Credit Union on Oct. 1, the Stars returned the favour by dominating the Eagles in a 4-1 on their home ice last Tuesday evening.

“After they beat us in the beginning of the season they were chirping us, so it feels pretty good to return the favor in their barn,” said Stars forward Frank Desjardins.

The Stars jumped on the Eagles early, with Eric Shaw scoring on the first shot of the game just 21 seconds into the game, Desjardins and Mike Popel picked up the assist.

Just over two minutes later, Desjardins stretched their lead to two goals and in a blink of an eye the Eagles found themselves down 2-0.

“Thought we did a great job applying pressure right from the start of the game,” said head

Tyler Morand battles to get poistion in front of the Tecumseh net.

coach Matt Fox. “I don’t think they expected us to come out that hard.”

The Eagles did find the back of the net in the first period to cut into their lead 2-1.

In the second period, Greg Fera restored their two-goal lead after knocking in a pass from Spencer Petrozzi and Matt Ward-Trymbulak.

Bondy followed that up by scoring his second goal of the game just 59 seconds later. Popel picked up his second assist on the goal.

With a three-goal lead and in complete control of the game, the Stars worked their system and frustrated the Eagles for the 4-1 win.

“We had a very efficient game. We got the lead early and kept it,” said Fox.

Stars netminder Mitch Topliffe turned in another solid performance stopping 20 of the Eagles 21 shots. Amherstburg out hit Tecumseh 67-33.

After a weekend that saw the Stars play six games in three days, beating an AA team like Tecumseh is very satisfying.

“It’s a nice measuring stick to see how you’re doing,’ said Fox. “Getting a three-goal win against a AA team, you can always take a little pride in that, especially one’s that is near the top of the standings every year.”

Desjardins said they noticed Tecumseh was consistently trying to pass the puck straight up the middle and once the Stars set up their fore-check they often found the puck on their stick.

“We didn’t want to change anything because we kept getting the puck,” he said.

Desjardins noted he was happy to see a number of players who don’t get a lot of playing time stepping up and putting in solid time on the ice.

“We had a lot of guys that worked really hard out there tonight and that’s only going to give them confidence for other games,” said Desjardins.

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