Marlboros left seeing Stars after upsetUpdated Monday September 10, 2012 by Willy Believe.
There were a total of 92 games played to decide the winner of the 2012-2013 Toronto Red Wings Early Bird Tournament this past weekend. The most talked about game was not the Finals that matched the Toronto Jr. Canadiens against the Missisauga Rebels; it was the upset that took place against the Toronto Marlboros. It was a team that last season rang off 72 straight wins before their first loss, falling to the Niagara North Stars in a shootout in the quarterfinals.
The game had a confident Toronto Marlboro team playing hard against the Stars, but grit and guts kept Niagara North within striking distance. A goal during a five minute power play tied the game up at 1’s.
“Our team wasn’t satisfied with just making it to the Championship bracket on Sunday, we wanted to move on. We played the Marlboros last year at this tournament and hung with them until the last 10 minutes. We are a better team this year and we knew if we stuck to our game plan we would have a chance in the end.” - Rylee St. Onge
The shootout was a emotional roller coaster with Toronto leading 1-0 after the first round. The second Niagara North shooter was Captain Romaeo D’Intino who picked up on the Marlboros goalies’ tendency to poke check. Romaeo dipped his right shoulder to fake the shot and the keeper bit, dropping down early. Romaeo, took an unplanned fake shot and finished with a bar down goal that fans would expect from a seasoned NHLer. 1-1 after the second round. Low blocker is always a good place to beat a goalie, and Rylee St. Onge did just that in the third round of shooting. 2-2 after round three. While Addison DeTullio’s name was name was never said by Coach Pat, the line “Go win us a hockey game” and a tap on the shoulder was all that Addison needed to hear. Low blocker looked good for Rylee and it looked good for Addison too; and for the first time the Stars took the lead. It was now in the hands of Moore.
Zach Moore stood like a giant. He had homework and chores waiting for him at home and wanted to prolong those duties a bit longer. His performance to this point had NHL Hall of Famer and Marlboros head coach Paul Coffee impressed. In the end, Zach nonchalantly turned away the Marlboros 4th shooter and Rink 3 at Westwood Arena erupted in jubilation; the Niagara North Stars 98 team had done something that over the past two and a half years only the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Little Caesars and the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs have done. Beat the Toronto Marlboros.
It was a total team effort that vindicated the Niagara North Stars, a team that after every success has been reminded that last season they were winless against top 15 teams until the OMHA Championships where they defeated Clarington. That was last season. This season Niagara North is looking to be a Giant Killer; and taking down the Marlboros is a great start.
The Stars would go on to lose 5-0 to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens falling 45 minutes short of their first finals.
The 3rd place finish is the 98 Niagara North Stars best result in its existence.
Shooters: Renwick, D’Intino, St. Onge, DeTullio
Player of the Game: Zach Moore
Niagara North Results:
vs. Don Mills (2-1)
vs. Markham Majors (5-0)
vs. Elgin Middlesex (0-2)
vs. Kingston Jr. Frontenacs (4-1)
vs. Toronto Marlboros (2-1, 3-2 in shootout)
vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (0-5)
Reporting from Toronto; I'm Willy Believe