Amherstburg Stars

Midget Majors eliminated from OMHA playdowns



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Stars midget major hockey team is in a place they are not used to in early February.

Eliminated in the first round of the OMHA playdowns.

The Stars were in Harrow Saturday night for the fourth game of their series with the Erie North Shore Storm with the latter completing the upset with a 4-2 victory.

The Storm – who had a 6-12-6 regular season – won the six-point series six points to two over the Stars (13-9-2).

After a scoreless first period, Isaac Hammond got Amherstburg on the board first just over two minutes into the second period. The Storm tied it later in the period and sent it to the third period tied 1-1.

The Storm got the game-winning goal with just 5:30 to play in the third period and added a pair of goals – including an empty net goal – to go up 4-1 before Max Clifford scored in the dying seconds to round out the scoring.

“We had a couple of bad bounces on the second (Storm) goal,” said Hammond, after the game.

Amherstburg’s Max Clifford (25) attempts a wrap-around during the third period of Saturday night’s midget major OMHA playdown game in Harrow. Erie North Shore won 4-2 to win the series six games to two. Clifford and Isaac Hammond scored the goals for the Stars.

Hammond indicated it was a matter of simply not being able to score enough goals in the series as well as in Game 4.

“We couldn’t get the puck in the net when we needed it,” he said. “We couldn’t get things to go our way.”

The Stars got down on themselves after the quick goals, Hammond added, and it was tough to come back as the goals came in the latter stages of the third period.

“We couldn’t get the job done when it mattered,” he said.

Hammond believed the team can still look back on a solid 2017-18 year.

“We had a good season,” said Hammond.

This year’s setback is surprising, given that the midget majors have won OMHA titles in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016 and OHF titles in 2011 and 2014.

Midget Majors lose to Erie North Shore, fall behind in six-point series



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Stars midget majors are in a hole and will look to climb back into their six-point OMHA playdown series this weekend.

The Stars lost 4-1 to the Erie North Shore Storm last Saturday night at the Libro Centre. The Storm took a 2-0 lead early but Brock Beaudoin’s second period goal brought the Stars within one. However, the visitors scored two times late in the third period to put the game away.

“We’ve got to be better in our own zone,” commented forward Max Clifford, after Saturday night’s game.

Dean DeLuca (white jersey) gets a scoring chance in front of the Erie North Shore goal Saturday night. The midget major Stars lost 4-1 to fall behind four points to two in their six-point series.

Clifford said they have to concentrate on making the simple plays and not doing anything outside of their roles. He added they will put the game behind them and focus on Game 4, which is this Saturday in Harrow at 7:30 p.m.

“We can’t let this hang over our heads,” said Clifford.

The Stars face elimination this Saturday as Erie North Shore leads the six-point series four points to two.

“Everyone has to be better,” said Clifford. “We have to be better as a team and as individuals.”
Clifford added they have to keep moving forward and play like they did at the end of the 2017-18 Bluewater League regular season, when they had a six-game winning streak.

“We’re in a tough spot,” he admitted, but said they have to use it to motivate them and get back into the series.

Midget Majors surge during December


Special to the RTT


The month started with back to back tournaments in Fort Erie and LaSalle, and competition was stiff at both.

We made it to the quarterfinals in Fort Erie, but could not get past the Fort Erie Meteors, who had home ice advantage.

In LaSalle, we came out of the gates quickly with two wins, but would drop the next two and were outside looking in at the semi-finals, which came down to goal differential.  The roster was fluid with some call-ups required, but would stabilize shortly after the tournaments.

The Bluewater League is where we saw the real positives this month.  After losing to LaSalle to start, we would string together four straight wins bringing us to 7-3-0 in our last ten Bluewater games; among the top in the league.

The most notable victory was 3-1 over the first place Kent Cobras at their barn, handing them only their fourth loss this season.  We would follow this up with a 4-1 win over LaSalle, where we had lost to them our previous three games.

We have two regular season games remaining in early January, before jumping straight into playdowns. (UPDATE: one of those games was a 4-1 win over Riverside at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.)

Please come out and support your Midget Major Stars!


—Submitted by Dustin Soulliere

Novice Majors donate pile of canned goods to Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission


By Jolene Perron


A group of Amherstburg Stars Novice Major travel team players took to the streets, knocked on doors and collected donations for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

This is the first year the coaches came up with the fundraiser “Fill the Pantry.” Along with parent volunteers, the children canvassed the community for three hours in the morning Dec. 16. Head coach Jean-Marc Mongeau said they split the kids up into groups and sent them out to Boblo, Golfview, Kingsbridge and the Monopoly areas. They chose those areas because of how dense they were, so they had the ability to come back with more in a shorter period of time.

The Amherstburg Stars novice jajor travel team players spent three hours in the Amherstburg community Dec. 16 collected donations for the Amherstburg Food Bank.

“They were very, very welcoming, a lot of gifts were given, even clothes were donated and money as well so they were very welcoming to the kids,” said Mongeau. “One of the boys said it’s just so great to give back to the community, so the fact that at 8-years-old, they’re feeling that way is pretty neat.”

After the cans were collected, the children were treated to pizza at the Libro Centre, which was donated by Capri.

“We are very grateful for what happened today, with the coaches and the team putting together this food drive, it’s teaching the kids about people who are less fortunate than them and I am very grateful,” said Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. “ When youteach the kids to give back and to help other people, that makes me happy and it’s what the mission is about – people helping people.”


Midget Major Stars trend in the right direction in November

It was a rough start to the month dropping our first game 4-0 to Belle River, but we would come back the following night with a convincing win (5-1 over Erie) in Game #1 of our Hosted Brandy Peddie Memorial Tournament

We went on to win Game #2 6-1 over Innisfil, but lost Game #3 4-1 to London, who would go on to win the tournament.  The positive takeaway, was a hard fought battle in the semi-finals against the defending OMHA / OHF champions Bradford Bulldogs, where we lost 3-1 while running into a hot goaltender.

The remainder of the month was successful overall, despite a tough Bluewater schedule.  With the exception of two losses to the top two Bluewater teams (Windsor 5-3 / Kent 5-1), we won 4 games outscoring our opponents 23-7, including a lopsided 6-1 win over a strong Belle River squad, who currently sits in 3rd place.

December is shaping up to be a busy month with back to back tournaments to start, and we hope we can carry the momentum as we approach playdowns.

Please come out and support your local Midget Major Stars!


—Courtesy of Dustin Soulliere