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Stars drop Kings 5-2

 Stars return displaying spirited effort


   Oliver Bonk and Mathieu Paris both score twice as St. Thomas dumps Komoka, 5-2,

   in first action following a six week pause due to COVID guidelines



  February 4, 2022


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By Rob. J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Stars were able to shake off the rust from a six week lay-off.

Mathieu Paris and Oliver Bonk both scored twice and Jackson Phillips scored in his first game with his new team, as the Stars dumped the Komoka Kings, 5-2, tonight at the Joe.

"The long layoff was certainly a concern, but we had a good week of practices," Stars' assistant coach Luke Harvey said. "Real proud of the guys on the way they played tonight. The effort level and compete level was very high."

Maddox Amaral picked up two assists, while Stars' goalie Owen Willmore made 36 saves and picked up one assist.

"It was a complete game from everyone starting from Willy, the D and every single forward line," Stars' captain Tristan Roberts said. "It's tough to get into game shape when you not even on the ice, so to have us rolling all at the same time was perfect."

The last time the Stars were in action was December 23, at Leamington.

"Felt longer than it actually was, so it's good to be back and of course the first win of the year is obviously good," said Roberts.

Bonk, who's returning from a broken wrist, opened the scoring with the man advantage in the first period. Then the 16-year old rookie defenceman gave the Stars a 3-1 lead, with another power play strike, mid second period.

"Our power play is really good. We work hard on it," said Bonk. "Our power play is all five guys moving the puck around and it just happened to find me tonight."
Komoka made it 3-2 just 14 seconds into the third period. The Stars responded six minutes later with the first of two goals from Paris. His second goal, his 11th of the season, was an empty netter.

The Stars didn't let the Kings' early period goal phase them.

"In the first half of the season, we might have got a little bit down," said Bonk. "We got a good mind set with the team now. We kept going and didn't let it get us down and that's the important part."

Ryan Cooper, Nick Houben and Tyler Alexander, each had an assist for the Stars.

Adam Zuckerman scored both Komoka goals.

Phillips and 18-year old defenceman Connor Snedden, are the latest additions to the Stars' lineup.

"They're huge pickups for us," said Harvey. "Phillips, he's really tough on the forecheck. He's got great wheels and good hockey sense. Snedden has smarts, hockey sense."

The Stars head to Chatham Sunday. LaSalle visits St. Thomas, Friday, February 11.

"We want to get better every day and compete every day. We want to improve on what we do," Harvey said. "We want to build towards the playoffs. As long as we continue build and improve every day, we'll be ready for the playoffs."

The Stars sit seventh in the Western Conference with a 10-18-1-1 record.