Admirals Streak Ends With the StarsUpdated Wednesday October 17, 2012 by Rita Paper.
Last season the Admirals handed the Stars their first regular season loss (0-2), a loss in the SCTA Finals (0-1), and their most lopsided loss in the OMHA Championships (1-5). Tonight, Niagara North brought a revamped team with more speed, more grit and more offensive threats to the Seymour Hannah Arena; the result, a 3-1 victory.
The game didn’t look promising early as the Admirals had possession of the puck for nearly all of the first seven and a half minutes of the first period. The Stars first scoring opportunity came with two minutes left in the first period; a heads up pass followed by a shot that had been in the making since late April and the Stars were up 1-0.
Southern Tier responded by scoring a working man’s goal by outlasting three Stars players in front of the net. The tie was short lived, and Niagara North left no doubt that they are ready to go three periods with any team this season as they buried two more and shut down the Admirals offence allowing only three shots in the closing minutes.
“I’ve had this one circled on my calendar for almost six months now,” said a smiling John Mancini. “We didn’t seem to show any signs of panic when they tied it up.... We dug deep and did what we needed to do to get the win,” added Rylee St. Onge.
The Stars are rolling now and look to extend their winning streak to three games when they face off against Guelph on Saturday in St. Catharines.