Stars Grab 3rd @ the Blue and White, News, Bantam AE ('96-'97), U14-U15 Travel, 2010-2011 (St. Thomas Minor Hockey)

Attention: You are viewing a team outside of the current season. Click here to view teams in the current season.
PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Stars Grab 3rd @ the Blue and White
Submitted By dvannoord on Sunday, January 9, 2011
Strength in the face of adversity.

Everyone has heard this cliché. Everyone has battled their own personal adversity. It makes one stronger. Nobody should or can argue that fact. How one channels that strength for betterment is the key.

The Jr. Stars entered the Blue and White Tournament in London with a few question marks. What Stars team would show up? Were they in over their heads against teams they knew little about aside from rival St Mary's? Was this the weekend something would finally click? All strong questions. All questions that most could and did ask in and around the room.

Let's not pull punches, this team has underachieved this season. No sense sugar coating things. Not one player in that room will tell you they are sitting where they expected to be when that 1st puck dropped back in October. There comes a time when you must step up and hold everyone around you accountable for their actions. Every team must do it. The Stars are no different.

Entering Friday against a St Mary's team we know all too well, it was gut check time. The Rock chased us out of their rink back in November. Not a good scene. Let's not dwell on that. The Rock was our last league opponent. A hard fought 2-0 game, but still a loss. It was time. The vibe was different on Thursday night at practice. The coaches felt something, saw something. Playing arguably their best game of the season Friday night, the Stars schooled the Rock this time. Everything clicked. Every line clicked. Everything meshed, as well tuned machines do. End result: Stars 3 Rock 2. A sign of things to come?

Saturday morning saw an early draw against the host Nationals. I won't get into their coach's portfolio. Just Google Jeff Hackett. It speaks for itself. This was the team we knew the least about, other than the fact that they were coached by an ex-NHLer. Competing would be key. They were big, but they looked beatable. The Stars hung tight through all 3 periods before dropping a hard fought 2-0 game. Not too bad still. Very respectable 1-1 going into Saturday afternoon.

The afternoon saw the Stars line up across from the Warriors from Stratford. This one was a goaltenders duel. From my angle if the Warrior goaltender hadn't played on his head, we walk the table in this one. Maybe they were saying the same about Dozer's perfomance, who knows. End result: 1-1 tie and the Stars finished the round robin in 2nd place. Wait a minute. Weren't they suppose to get rocked going into this tournament. Maybe if you dwell on stats. Maybe if you only look at our record and no further. This team has potential. They just have to realize it. It falls on every player in that room. The most abundant commodity in the world is unrealized potential. Same can be said for the Stars dressing room.

So, a respectable 1-1-1 after 3 round robin games. A date in the semi-finals. A return date with the Warriors. Were the planets finally aligning? Somebody forgot to tell the Stars it was a 8:45 puck drop. The alarms went off,but unfortunately nobody woke up. Before the game was 7 minutes old, Stratford had forced our starter out of the net, made the coaching staff take their timeout, and had a 3-0 bulge on the scoreboard. Gut check time. The Stars roared out in the 2nd period. Before you knew it it was 3-1. Then it was 3-2. Wait a minute, was this a replay of the World Juniors? The Stars did their own magic act and clawed back to 3-3 before the 2nd period was 8 minutes in. We were deadlocked. A late 2nd period marker by the Warriors staked them to a 4-3 lead entering the 3rd, but this was a game. Battling for every inch of ice in the 3rd, the gas gauge was wavering dangerously close to empty. When you get tired, you stop skating. When you get tired, you do some questionable things. At the worst possible time, the Stars imploded and got into penalty trouble. End result: Stratford took the semi 5-3 with a late marker to seal the deal.

Heartbreaker, but a character builder. The Stars took 3rd in a tournament most had them written out of before the 1st puck drop. St Mary's is a Major Bantam laden team. North London and Stratford are all Major Bantams. The Jr. Stars have 6 Majors on their roster. Not bad if you ask me to battle 3 teams that are bonafide Major Bantam teams.  No reason to drop your head Stars. You made great strides this past weekend. Keep the chins up and eyes on the goal. This was a tuneup. Now it's time to wrench it up another notch.

This article has been viewed 1312 times.
View Another Team
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow St. Thomas Minor Hockey on Twitter
- and -
Visit St. Thomas Minor Hockey on Facebook
- and -
Follow St. Thomas Minor Hockey on Instagram
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 04
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    September 7th ,2010. It feels like yesterday. Together as a team for 208 days, together through memories forever. The Bantam AE Stars wrapped up their season on Saturday April 2nd as they took the ice together for the final time. A season of ...
  • 15
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    Pride. Just one word, but a complete sentence. When one hears the word Pride,many things come to mind. Your thoughts turn to every moment in your lifetime that has brought you that feeling. 
  • 09
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    The Jr. Stars dropped 2 in a row to round out 2010 and their 1st game of 2011. The losses came to Mooretown (3-1),Mt. Brydges(6-0) and St Mary's (2-0) in league play. The Jr. Stars now sit in 8th place in the standings with 1 game remaining.
  • 19
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    On Thursday Dec.16th the Stars took to the ice. This time,the ice was on the roads. The Stars continued their Christmas cheer by embarking on a little shopping spree. Armed with a grocery list and cash, raised by the players of the team through ...
  • 14
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    The Bantam AE Stars held their own can drive on Sunday Dec. 12th and the results were a success. The Stars donated all non-perishable food and canned goods to the St Thomas Caring Cupboard. Many families throughout the St Thomas area find this time ...
  • 13
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    The Stars dropped a 4-2 decision to the Strathroy Jr. Rockets on Sunday December 12th. Daniel Liberatore and Matt Roberts potted the Stars goals as the Rockets snapped the Stars modest little 3 game undefeated streak. Stars next take the ...
  • 07
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    This is a message to remind everyone about the upcoming Bantam AE Can Drive on Sunday December 12th. Remind everyone to bring their canned goods and non-perishable food to the game instead of their 3 dollars for admission. All collected canned ...
  • 07
    2010-2011 Bantam AE ('96-'97)
    The Stars made the trek down the 402 to Petrolia to meet the Oilers on Sunday evening. The weather outside was frightful. Well not really. The drive was clear sailing once you got past Lambeth. The Stars were looking to add to their shutout ...
Printed from on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 5:39 PM