A four goal explosion leads the St. Thomas Jr. Stars to a 6-1 rout of Orillia
in the opening game of the OMHA minor peewee A final
Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Jr. Stars wasted no time showing they were ready for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) minor peewee A final.
A four goal explosion in the opening period of game one of the six point series, carried St. Thomas to a 6-1 rout of the Orillia Terriers, Saturday at the Joe.
AJ Power with two goals, Mason Burns and Gavin Hern, had the Jr. Stars up quickly, while out-shooting the Terriers, 12-3. Orillia even had a two man advantage power play for 23 seconds, but couldn't find Stars' goalie LJ Wilson.
"Every line played well, the D and our goalie. We were ready to go," said St. Thomas head coach Andrew Power. "They (Orillia) had a long road trip so I would expect they will be a lot better tomorrow."
Game two is Sunday at the Joe. Games three and four are at Orillia next weekend.
"Our forwards back-checked really hard today," coach Power said. "We did a nice job in our own end. We moved the puck well in the offensive end. There were some nice passing goals and rebound goals. The guys were going to the net, standing up high and working hard down low."
Matt Soares and Matt Masschaele completed the St. Thomas scoring.
Orillia's Jack Norman broke Wilson's shutout bid with 56.5 seconds remaining in the third period.
St. Thomas is 12-2 during their playdown run, eliminating Riverside, Essex, Grimsby and Burlington, to advance to the final.
"Our D (defence) has been solid all year. We have some really good skaters, good defensive guys," said coach Power. "Different guys offer different things and they all compliment each other well."
The Jr. Stars are going for an OMHA three-peat. A majority of the St. Thomas roster won the OMHA atom A championship a year ago and the minor atom A title, in 2017.