Stars Hopes of a Sunday Finish Ended EarlyUpdated Thursday November 1, 2012 by Rusty Lightpost.
Niagara North went into the Warrior Tournament with a new excitement. Already having taken the top team in Ontario down in the Toronto Red Wings Early Bird Tournament the Stars were set to play Detroit Honeybaked; the top ranked team in North America Friday afternoon in what many thought would be the deciding game of who would advance to Sunday in the Yakupov bracket. The Stars players forgot that they had to beat the Indiana Jr Ice first in Friday morning play. It was a struggle right out of the gate. The Stars looked disinterested. Down 1-0 at the half Niagara North still had a window of opportunity to avoid the upset, but sloppy defence and an inability to convert on offence resulted in a painful to watch 4-1 loss. Just like that, the Stars hope at contending for a Championship over. The Stars would match intensity in the afternoon game against Honeybaked for the first 20 minutes in front of a sellout crowd in the Troy Recreation Centre. However, the constant barrage of shots and an inability to clear the zone killed all chances of an upset; and Detroit Honeybaked scored 5 unanswered goals over a 9 minute stretch. The Stars fell 6-1. Saturday was a day to preserve pride. In the morning matchup, the Stars faced off against the Toronto Young Nationals. Already with a win over a top SCTA team earlier this season the Young Nats looked to jump out early against the Stars.... but Niagara North would have none of that. A solid team effort put the Nats in their place and the Stars won 2-0 in an arena that appeared to be the filming site of Slap Shot the movie. A consolation game on Saturday afternoon took place against the Chicago Fury and the Stars. The Fury must have had dinner plans already set for immediately after the game; they took a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Stars with little fight. A tough weekend for the Stars. They will look to regroup now that their schedule allows them practice time. Their next game will be in Grey Bruce next Saturday.