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Midget Majors win first game of OMHA quarterfinal

 

 

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team got off on the right track in their OMHA series with the Southpoint Captials, winning 3-1 Saturday night.

The first period of Game 1 was the difference, as Amherstburg scored all three of their goals in the opening 15-minute period. Bryce McGregor, Reid Stieler and Isaac Hammond found the back of the net for the Stars.

Amherstburg’s Jacob DeLuca gets a scoring chance on Southpoint goalie Tristan Edmondson.

Amherstburg’s Jacob DeLuca gets a scoring chance on Southpoint goalie Tristan Edmondson.

Brock Beaudoin had two assists, Stieler had another as did Andre Tomasian.

“I think we played good defense,” said goalie Daniel Miceli, who stopped 31 of 32 Southpoint shots in game one. “It wasn’t just me. It was everybody. We cleared the puck out pretty quickly.”

Miceli said they want to come into every game strong.

“We’re going to take it one game at a time,” he said.

Stieler said they want to come into every game and give it everything they have. He said they need to increase their effort, noting they were getting tired in the first period of the first game.

Head coach Glen Holden was happy with the way they played in the first game but had concerns going forward.

“We came out on fire,” said Holden. “We had a couple of powerplay goals but eventually our lack of numbers caught up to us.”

David Desormeaux carries the puck into the Southpoint zone Saturday night. Amherstburg won 3-1.

David Desormeaux carries the puck into the Southpoint zone Saturday night. Amherstburg won 3-1.

Holden added: “I can’t complain because the boys found a way to win.”

Already missing several players due to injuries, another season-ending injury was added Saturday night to the three they already had.

“We’re going to have to rely on our AP’s to help us out this series,” he said.

Game 2 of the series was supposed to be Sunday afternoon in Wheatley but a power outage resulted in the game being postponed until last night, after this issue went to press.

The next home game in the six-point series is Friday night at 8:40 p.m.

Midget Majors off to good start in defense of OMHA crown

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Stars midget major hockey team is off to the OMHA quarterfinals after eliminating St. Thomas in the first round of playdowns.

The Stars, the defending OMHA champions, knocked off St. Thomas 4-2 last Thursday night at the Libro Centre to win the six-point series 6-0. Amherstburg had won 4-0 Jan. 27 and 4-1 Jan. 28 in St. Thomas.

The two teams were tied 2-2 heading into the third period Thursday night with the Stars getting goals from Bryce McGregor and Reid Stieler but Max Clifford and Brock Beaudoin scored in the final 15-minute period to win it for Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate Max Clifford’s third period goal. Clifford’s goal proved to be the game-winner Thursday night.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate Max Clifford’s third period goal. Clifford’s goal proved to be the game-winner Thursday night.

Jacob DeLuca said Thursday’s game was a physical one with a lot of hitting but Bryce McGregor noted they didn’t have the start they wanted.

“We obviously didn’t come out as hard as we need to,” he said, noting they picked it up after the slow start.

The Stars now await the winner of the Southpoint-Essex series in the next round.

“We’re just waiting on a winner,” said McGregor.

McGregor pointed out there are high expectations after last year with DeLuca adding it is nice to have the younger players start to experience high-intensity situations.

Head coach Glen Holden said the Amherstburg Stars had solid efforts in the first two games of the series but not as strong of an effort in the third game.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate their win over St. Thomas Feb. 2 at the Libro Centre.

The Amherstburg Stars midget major team celebrate their win over St. Thomas Feb. 2 at the Libro Centre.

“I’m proud of the guys because we found a way to win,” said Holden.

Holden pointed out only four players are back from last year’s team so it is nice to see the younger players stepping up at playoff time.

“We always have high expectations,” said Holden.

The midget majors are a group of players that are willing to learn what the coaches are teaching them, he added. They have also been battling injuries, as Holden said four players were missing last Thursday including three players with season-ending injuries.

Amherstburg Midget Majors open season with 11-4-1 record

 

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The defending OMHA Champion Amherstburg Midget Majors have opened the season with an impressive 11-4-1 record and will look to continue their strong start by hosting the Brandy Peddie Elite 8 Tournament this coming weekend at the Libro Centre.

The tournament is a multi-division tournament organized by AMHA Rep Chris Bozin, which will see twelve of the best midget teams in the province in action all weekend.

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On Saturday night at the Libro Centre, the Midget Majors continued their regular season with a game against a strong AA team from Kent. With a great crowd on hand, the Midget Majors would open the scoring five minutes into the second period with a shorthanded goal off the stick of Jacob DeLuca, after an outstanding effort by Cole Zelle to create the turnover. Kent would even the score five minutes later after a defensive breakdown by the Midget Majors. David Desormeaux would restore the one goal lead for the Stars with just 37 seconds left in the second period, with assists from Max Clifford and Isaac Hammond.

Franco Morrone put one home for the Stars to give them a two goal lead five minutes into the third period, after picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone and streaking down the wing. Jacob Menard would secure a very important 4-1 victory with an empty net goal late in the third. Daniel Miceli was solid in net for the Midget Majors as the win improved their season record to 11-4-1.

The Midget Majors hope to continue their early season success this coming weekend against some of the best Midget Teams in the province. Check out amherstburghockey.com for a full tournament schedule.

 

Amherstburg Midget Majors open season with three weekend wins

 

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The defending OMHA Champion Amherstburg Midget Majors opened the season with a solid six-point weekend with wins over Erie North Shore, Riverside and Essex. In their home opener Friday night at the Libro Centre Cole Zelle would get the Stars rolling with a first period goal, with assists from Jacob DeLuca and Andre Tomasian. The Stars would add to their lead with goals from Brock Beaudoin and Zelle in the second period. Assists were awarded to Michael Petroni, Reid Stieler, Deluca and Kyran Kelly. Will Bratt added some excitement to the second period with a big stop on an Erie penalty shot and an outstanding glove save on an Erie breakaway with only two seconds left in the second period.

Carrying a 3-0 lead into the third, the Stars locked up their first win of the season with a power play goal by DeLuca assisted by Kelly and Zelle to carry the team to a convincing 4-1 win.

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Saturday night the Midget Majors travelled to Riverside and secured their second win of the season with a 4-2 win. Dean Emerson opened the scoring for the Stars in the first period assisted by Lucas Renaud. Riverside would score the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead early in the third period. The Midget Majors finally woke up and scored two goals, 27 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead.

The first goal came off the stick of Bryce McGregor, assisted by Emerson. Franco Morrone scored the Stars third goal, with assists from McGregor and David Desormeaux.   Trevor Beneteau closed out the scoring to secure a 4-2 Amherstburg win. Emerson and Max Clifford added assists on the goal.

The Midget Majors travelled to Essex Sunday afternoon and completely dominated play to secure a 6-1 win and cap off a very successful opening weekend for the defending OMHA Champions. McGregor led the Stars with a two-goal effort, while Beneteau, Stieler, DeLuca and Zelle added single goals. Assists were awarded to McGregor (2), Zelle, Desormeaux, DeLuca, and Andre Tomasian. Will Bratt was solid in net to cap off a 3-0 weekend for the Stars.

The Midget Majors continue their early season with a game Saturday at the Libro Centre at 8:10 p.m. against their rivals from LaSalle. Come out and support your Stars. Admission is free.

 

 

Amherstburg Midget Majors lose OHF final in double overtime

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The Midget Major Stars travelled to Woodstock on the weekend of April 8-10th to participate in the OHF Tournament.

The Midget Majors were coming off their historic game six win over Quinte West on home ice to secure the programs fourth OMHA Title in seven years.

The OHF tournament was comprised of teams from Stratford, Woodstock, Erindale, Elliot Lake and Amherstburg. The Stars began the weekend with a Friday morning tilt with Stratford and the evenly contested game would end in a 2-2 tie. Zack Yott and Jacob Deluca were the goal scorers while Garret Blunt and Bryce McGregor added assists.

Front:  Josh Paquette, Rick Wismer (trainer), Jarrod Benninger, Kyle Burns (assistant coach), Colton McGregor, Glen Holden (head coach), Garret Blunt, Mario DiPaolo (assistant coach), Kyle Meloche, Corey Beaulieu (assistant coach), Dershahn Stewart, Lisa Lenson (manager). Back: Ernie Godden, Justin Veldhuis, Michael Petroni, Jacob DeLuca, Zack Yott, Bryce McGregor, Reid Thrasher, Nick Bertram, Jack Hubbell, John Purdie, David Desormeaux, Jake Topliffe, Joe Bouzide. (Special to the RTT)

Front: Josh Paquette, Rick Wismer (trainer), Jarrod Benninger, Kyle Burns (assistant coach), Colton McGregor, Glen Holden (head coach), Garret Blunt, Mario DiPaolo (assistant coach), Kyle Meloche, Corey Beaulieu (assistant coach), Dershahn Stewart, Lisa Lenson (manager). Back: Ernie Godden, Justin Veldhuis, Michael Petroni, Jacob DeLuca, Zack Yott, Bryce McGregor, Reid Thrasher, Nick Bertram, Jack Hubbell, John Purdie, David Desormeaux, Jake Topliffe, Joe Bouzide. (Special to the RTT)

In game two Friday night, the Midgets took on the Elliot Lake Wildcats in a very sluggish effort. The game ended in a 3-1 Stars win, with Deluca, Jarrod Benninger and Joe Bouzide pacing the attack, while Colton McGregor and Ernie Godden each added two assists, along with singles from Benninger and Jake Topliffe. Saturday morning the Midget Majors took on the host team from Woodstock and behind the shutout performance from Josh Paquette, cruised to a 2-0 win. Scoring goals were Yott and Benninger, while assists came from Blunt, Bouzide, Topliffe and Reid Thrasher. Saturday night the Stars took on the Erindale Spitfires, and once again the goaltending of Dershahn Stewart led the Midget Majors to a 1-0 win. Bouzide would provide the games only goal, with assists to Godden and Topliffe.

The Stars secured second place courtesy of their 3-0-1 round robin record and a rematch against Erindale in Sunday morning’s semi-final. Once again Dershahn Stewart shut out the Spitfires to help secure a 3-0 win and a trip to the OHF Finals. Kyle Meloche paced the Stars attack with two goals and Topliffe added a late insurance marker, assisted by Benninger.

Sunday afternoon’s final would pit your Stars against the Stratford Cullitons. Amherstburg came out flying in this tight contest and were rewarded with an early goal scored by Yott, assisted by Meloche. The score would remain 1-0 until late in the second period when Stratford would tie the game. The teams would go back and forth for period three but neither team was able to score in regulation time. The score would remain tied until Stratford would win the contest mid way through the second overtime. A great game by both teams and one that fans would get their moneys worth.

The Midget Majors had a historic season and will be remembered by their discipline, class and A’burg pride they displayed the entire season. The Stars won the St. Thomas Tournament, the Elite 8 Tournament, OMHA Champions and OHF Finalists, all the while accumulating an impressive season record of 44-5-7.