Rivermen sent downstream.Updated Tuesday August 28, 2012 by Ben Dover.
It was quite the start to the 2012-2013 preseason for the Stars and Rivermen on Sunday evening. Not having their team jerseys available, Rivermen coach Tony Dicarlo was forced to suit his players in Niagara Falls Thunder jerseys. The dark versus dark matchup was just one of the speed bumps as five Star players were without mouth guards to start the game.
After the equipment issues were ironed out the puck was dropped and the 2012-2013 pre season was underway. The first ten minutes lacked excitement, but at the eleven minute mark in the first period Niagara North opened the scoring. Another goal three minutes later and the Stars led 2-0 at the 15 minute mark.
Even with a comfortable lead some of the Stars players were still showing rust from the offseason. DeTullio, Renwick and D’Intino all suffered minor injuries as a result of poor timing jumping the boards; a painful start to the season indeed. New trainer Adam Martin was busy in his first game tending to cuts and scratches all game long.
The second and third periods were dominated by the away team and the game ended 5-0 in favour of the black, blue and gold.
“We didn’t know what to expect; new lines and all” said Renwick, who this year has made the move from defenseman to winger. “Tonight was more about getting familiar with our line mates than anything” added Harris. Perennial scorer Rylee St. Onge and veteran defenseman Conner Hendsbee echoed the sayings of their teammates and added that they are excited to get the season underway with their revamped team.
The Stars host the Hamilton Huskies Thursday night at Seymour Hannah Arena.