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The success of a seventh place team is going un-noticed and thats OK. In its last 9 games the Stars have won 6, lost 3 but two of those were in a shootout...thats 14 points out of 18 possible...not bad.
The Chatham Maroons must be shaking their head as they went into the third period going ahead 3-1 but suddenly finding themselves behind 4-3 in a blink of an eye...welcome to the wrath of the Stars... they don't give up and they are like a bad rash...can't get rid of them...pity the team that plays them first in the playoffs.
Chatham started out with a 2-0 lead but in the second a nice feed by Jordan Babb to Josh Slegers cut it to 2-1 after two.
Chatham went ahead 3-1 in the third but somebody blinked and found the weakness in Patterson as the Stars scored three quick ones. Babb and Blair Mincer fed Brett Van Dusen perfectly to beat the Chatham netminder followed by Andrew Chambers twelve seconds later when Jesse Anderson and Jay Dekker assisted.
The Stars struck again to go ahead when Jesse Anderson converted a passing play from Spencer Hutchinson and Mincer putting the Stars ahead 4-3. Unfortunately, the Maroons tied it up seconds after that, sending the game to an uneventful OT and then another shootout. This time the Stars couldn't convert on all shots losing the shootout and the game 5-4.
Your St. Thomas Stars have had a wild two weeks. They were on a five game winning streak, then were halted by LaSalle last Sunday 3-1, but then bounced back and had a great game in Sarnia only to be thwarted by a last second goal that put them in OT and then they came up short with a loss to Sarnia 3-2 in OT. But then, with Friday Night's FILL THE RINK the pressure was on to perform in front of a Stars crowd of 1,703 people...talk about thrilling!
The Stars came to the rink with a great attitude to play their rivalry London Nationals. Dane Johnstone got the game started with a fantastic goal in the first minute of play assisted by Carson Brookshaw and Matt Simsons. Four minutes later, with the play going back and forth, London tied it up at ones. It remained that way thru two more regulation periods, an OT...and then came the shootout.
Jordan Babb and Andrew Chambers scored for St. Thomas to keep matching London's goals...but Brett Van Dusen's goal was not matched by London...sending the huge crowd in a fenzy...Merry Christmas St. Thomas from your hardworking Junior hockey team!
Stars play in Chatham on Sunday before taking a two week break and play LaSalle at home at Timken 7:30pm on Friday, January 2, 2015.
The first place Leamington Flyers invaded Timken Arena attempting to devastate the fans and cause turmoil in St. Thomas by ending the Stars 3 game winning streak...but the continued hard working ethic by the Stars, heroic goaltending by Nick Dampier and the belief that they can compete with anyone. The Stars held back the onslaught of the fearless Flyers...keeping it a tie...until the ShootOut....and CAPTAIN CLUTCHINSON to the RESCUE!
The Flyers and Stars battled in the first, exchanging hits and goal scoring rushes but to no avail...it ended tied at zeros.
The second period saw Leamington coming in at all angles...missing a penalty shot...but eventually penetrating the Dampier force field to score...making it 1-0 for the visitors after two.
But Mighty Matt McJannett made amends blasting thru and scoring to tie it with Andrew Chambers and Carson Brookshaw assisting.
The Overtime had a number of chances for both teams but it came down to a Shoot Out to decide this battle.
Captain Spencer "Clutchinson" (pictured) found a weakness and scored first on the breakaway show...and he left the rest up to Dampier to shutdown the pesky Flyers. Stars 2 Flyers 1.
Thats four in a row...To Infinity and Beyond!
Stars host the Lambton Shores Predators on Friday at Timken.