Stars pick up two wins and a tie over weekend

By Joel Charron

It was no secret that the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars had plenty of firepower, but after a 12-1 win over the Erie North Shore Storm, even their head coach was impressive Inflatable Advertising.

“What do you say after a performance like that,” said Stars head coach Matt Fox. ‘We really just wanted the guys to focus on our systems and stick to the game plan for the full 45 minutes and I think we did that.”

Fox said it’s an on-going process for the team to “buy into the system” and feels the players are finally starting to see what he’s been preaching to them.

“They’re starting to come around,” he said. “You can see it in every line. They want to come to the rink focused and ready to play hard.”

Stars backup Eric Rogic got the start in net as starting goalie Mitch Topliffe is out with a concussion.

It didn’t take long for the Stars to find the back of the net as defenseman Blaine

Star’s Blaine Bechard muscles his away around the Erie North Shore defense. The Stars exploded for 23 goals in three games over the weekend.

Bechard opened the scored on a power play with a wrap around. Greg Fera went top shelf to make it 2-0 before the end of the first period.

Whatever Fox told them between periods seemed to work as the Stars offense went on a goal scoring frenzy.

The Stars ignited for seven goals in the second. Spencer Petrozzi, Mike Popel, each lit the lamp as Matt Ward-Trymbulak knocked in two of his own and Eric Shaw recorded a hat trick. Several Stars were credited with assists.

The Storm added their lone goal of the game midway through the second period.

The Stars continued their offensive onslaught; notching four more goals in the final period by Fera, Petrozzi and Ward-Trymbulak completed the hat trick.

“Everything went right for us tonight,” said Ward-Tymbulak. “We were all doing the little thing right. It was really fun tonight, we all played very well together.”

Ward-Trymbulak admits it may have taken him and a few other players time to find their roles on the team but noted everything looks as if they are coming together.

“It took us a while to understand the system and when to use it,” he said.

In a 12-1 win, Rogic said sometimes it’s hard for a goalie to stay in the game.

“It’s hard to stay in the game without a lot of shots but the defense kept me there,” said Rogic. “I just let every shot come to me and I went from there.”

Rogic admits playing for a team that’s coming off a second straight OMHA title and an OHF title is a tad bit nerve racking.

“There’s a lot of pressure playing for this team being 15,” he said. “I just come into each game wanting to play and stick to my game plan.”

The Stars improved their record to 8-1-2 with a 7-1  win over the Storm on Saturday in Harrow and a 4-4 tie against LaSalle on Sunday night.

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