Dampier's Acrobatics in Net Not Enough
Nick Dampier (pictured) stood on his head and made some acrobatic saves against a hungry Sarnia team but the hometeam scored with a minute left in the game to nullify his efforts. Sarnia won 3-2.
Sarnia scored early in the first period as it was 2-0 before the game was 3 minutes old, but the pesky Stars evened it up with 2 goals 12 seconds apart just a few minutes later.
Carter McCormick scored and then Zach Grzelewski potted one to tie it at 2's. John Warren and Dane Johnstone picked up two assists each on those goals.
The Legionnaires were all over the Stars at certain points of the game but Dampier kicked out all attempts until there was 1:05 left in the third when Sarnia knocked home the winner.
The Stars have now lost 8 games by one goal and have lost 3 of those 8 in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Stars now host a sharp Chatham Maroon team tonite at Timken at 7:30pm.
Stars Fall to Rockets
The St. Thomas Stars have dropped two straight with the last one to the Strathroy Rockets losing 7-6. It didn't help that before the first period was half over it was 4-0 for the visitors.
"We just weren't game ready" says Joe Daniels. "Everyone has to be on the same page on game day. The other teams are hungry coming into our barn...and the Rockets are too good to be down in the standings."
The Stars did manage to make a game of it but were stymied again when the Rockets scored some quick goals in the third period.
St. Thomas got goals and assists from John Warren (2G, 1A), Zach Grzelewski (1G), Andrew Chambers (1G), Josh Slegers (1G, 1A), Spencer Hutchinson (1G), Jordan Babb (2A) Carson Moniz (1A), Mark Brisson (1A), Matt McJannett (1A), Wade Russell (1A), and Adam Truax (1A).
The Stars now need to regroup and play the Sarnia Legionnaires on Thursday.
Nats oust Stars 4-2
The rivalry between the London Nationals and St. Thomas Stars continued last night as the Stars dropped a 4-2 decision to the hometown Nats.
The Stars opened the scoring in the first period as Carson Brookshaw notched a powerplay goal on assists by John Warren and Carter McCormick. It remained 1-0 until half a second before the second period buzzer when London scored a shorthanded goal. The Stars were playing a very disciplined game and it seemed that when this goal was scored you could see a small deflation in confidence that spilled over to the third.
In the third, the Nats got another quick goal when Worrad left his penalty and scored on Dampier. London scored two more to make it 4-1 until Dane Johnstone(pictured) scored with 5 minutes remaining to cut it to 4-2. Assists went to Warren.
"We are learning, we see some great things out there but its a 60 minute game and we just need to keep it together that whole time." says GM, Joe Daniels.
The Stars now play the Rockets at home on Friday Night at Timken...game time is 7:30pm.
(Photo Credit: Photos by MG)
Stars Tame Predators
St. Thomas Fans meet the Star from The Land Of The Sleeping Giant....Zach Grzelewski....the scorer from the North!
Zach was in full gear as he scored 4 goals against a very tough Lambton Shores Predators team as the Stars won 6-2. Andrew Chambers potted his first goal for the Stars and Johnny Warren continued his scoring ways by getting one as well.
Assists for the Stars: Dane Johnstone (2), Carson Moniz, Adam Truax, Carter McCormick, Grzelewski, Warren and Chambers.
It was a rough game with big checks, and suspensions due to illegal checks...players left the game from some hits and hopefully nobody was seriously injured.
Next Game for the Stars is Wed in London.
(Photo Credit: Photos by MG)
Blackie Shines in Shootout Loss
Dan Black (Pictured) played a solid game in LaSalle but the Star's lost in another shootout 4-3. Stopping multiple breakaways and close in shots, the local St. Thomas goaltender may have gained the confidence needed to play at the Junior B level and higher.
LaSalle opened the scoring early but John Warren tapped in a goal assisted by Carson Moniz and Dane Johnstone to make it 1-1 after the first period.
11 seconds into the second, Carson Brookshaw intercepted an errant pass and banged in a quick one to make it 2-1 Stars. Spencer Hutchinson and Brett Van Dusen assisted. LaSalle chipped away and got a shorthanded and powerplay goal in the second to make it 3-2.
In the third, LaSalle came on strong testing the Star's goalie, but Black kept them off the board until Zach Grezelewski potted one from Warren and Johnstone to tie it at 3's after regulation. No scoring in OT but in the shootout LaSalle scored one more goal than St. Thomas to win it 4-3.
Stars play Friday Night at Memorial vs. Lambton Shores at 7:30pm.
30 for "Fergie"
The Stars honoured Steve "Fergie" Ferguson for his 30 years of service in timekeeping and scorekeeping for the Stars on Saturday Night! Congrats Fergie! (Photo Credit: Photos by MG)