Twice as nice

By Joel Charron

It’s a goal Cameron Scott will remember for the rest of his life.

Scott’s rebound goal mid-way through the third period was enough to push the Amherstburg Midget Stars past the Stouffville Clippers to capture their second consecutive OMHA championship, Saturday night in Stouffville.

“I’m without words. I don’t know how to describe this feeling right now,” said an emotional Scott moments after the final buzzer sounded. “This is why I played hockey for 13 years. This is everything I ever dreamed of.”

The Stars are the first team to win back-to-back OHMA Midget championships since Orillia did it in 2004-05/2005-06.

However, the Stars championship didn’t come without a little drama.

The Stars were faced with the daunting task of winning three straight games after dropping the first two in Stouffville.  The Stars evened the series by holding serve at home, sending the series back to Stouffville for a decisive Game Five.

Head Coach Matt Fox said before the game, if the Stars stayed out of the penalty box and kept to the game plan, they would walk away with a championship.

In the first period, the Stars got away from their game plan when Stars captain was assessed a slashing penalty in the opening minutes.  However, the Clippers man advantage was squashed seconds later when Stouffville was given a penalty.

Both teams traded penalties, as the score remained 0-0 after the first period.

Looking to come out strong in the second frame, Eric Shaw banged in the game’s first goal on the power play early in the period. Blaine Bechard was credited with the helper.

Late in the period, Stouffville’s Curtis Crago tied the game at 1-1 with a shorthanded goal after a defensive miscue.

The game remained tied at 1-1 after 30 minutes.

“It’s 15 minutes for all the marbles,” said Fox, during the intermission. “It’s going to come down to who wants it more.”

Both teams refused to give an inch as the physicality was stepped up. The Clippers and the Stars exchanged penalties, however neither was able to capitalize.

Mid-way through the third with the Stars pressuring in Stouffville’s zone, a shot ricocheted off the crossbar where Scott was waiting to slap it past Stouffville’s Kyle Pontone. Tyler Pope-Ferguson and Bechard were given the assists.

Stouffville pulled their goalie in the last minute, however a swarming Stars defense would not allow the Clippers a clear shot.

“For a team that no one thought would make it, we proved everyone wrong,” said Stars goalie, Mark Fenty. “We had haters all year and we just showed them up. Tonight we prove to everyone that Amherstburg is a hockey organization that should be reckoned with.”

This year’s final was a rematch of last years OMHA midget finals.

“It feels so great coming back after being down 2-0,” said Eric Shaw. “It would have been nice to win it at home but it feels great to win it on their home ice.”

Coach Fox credited the Stars for not giving up after being down 2-0 in the series.

“They battled hard and fought with everything they had. All the credit goes to those guys,” said Fox.

“This is the last thing I wanted to do before I stopped playing minor hockey. I wouldn’t have gone out any other way. I love Amherstburg, I’m so happy we won OMHA’s,” said Scott.

The season is not over for the Stars. On April 8-10, the back-to-back OMHA champions will travel back to Stouffville for the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) championship tournament.

“The next step is OHF’s, anything can happen, we’re a good team,” said Fox.

One response to “Twice as nice”

  1. Debbie Scott says:

    Excellent article Joel. This is Cam’s moment.
    Thank you.