Stars regain winning touch against Southpoint

By Joel Charron

After a five game winless streak the Amherstburg Midget Major Stars found their groove.

The Stars (10-2-4) picked a pair of wins after a home and home series with the Southpoint Capitals last week.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Stars travelled to Leamington for a gritty 3-2 win. On Friday, the Stars returned home to the United Communities Credit Union Complex for a convincing 7-2.

“We’re starting to play better as of late,” said head coach Matt Fox. “We had a little bit of a dip, but the season is a roller coaster ride. With the big ups, sometimes you have some downs. You just have to try to get back on course.”


Tyler Morand caused problems for the Southpoint goalie and defense all night by screening the visiting goalie

Dean Shepley picked up his first of three points in the first period on a shorthanded opportunity, which was followed a one-timer goal into the open net by Dan Bondy.

The Caps broke Eric Rogic’s bid for a shutout with 48.4 seconds left in the first on a powerplay.

The Stars exploded for three goals in a span of two minutes in the opening five minutes of the second period with Spencer Petrozzi, Mike Popel and Frank Desjardins all finding the back of the net.

Shepley notched his second of the game midway through the final period, which was followed by a goal by Matt Ward-Trymbulak.

Southpoint scored their second goal of the game with 32.1 second left to play.

The Stars out shot their opponent 39-13.

“I think we really showed how well we can play,” said Fox.

The second year midget major coach said the winless streak was a “wake-up call.” Fox said the return of Popel and Tyler Morand from suspensions is a big boost to the team, as the Stars get  some of their “fire power” back in the lineup.

“Having two vets like that back in your lineup is imperative,” he said. “ Anytime you can add that kind of punch back, you’re coming out ahead.”

Fox said the two games against Southpoint proved how well the Stars can play.

“We showed our level of play,” said Fox.

Defenseman Martin Yancy said starting a new winning streak “was fun.” He also added that the team had to get back to basics to find that winning touch.

“We focused more on working our systems and playing hard and simple,” said Yancy. “It seems we found our game.”

Yancy added that getting two players back from suspension added an extra boost in their step and feels the team is back where they were in the beginning of the season.

“We’re getting back into,” he stated.


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