Early season woes for Stars
Drops two straight after winning season opener
The Conception Bay North Junior Stars have experienced some early season highs and lows.
After winning its season opener on Sept. 24, the Bay Roberts-based team dropped two straight, and are still licking their wounds after the trouncing they received on Sept. 29. Avalon Caps 7, Stars 4 A three-goal performance from Michael Andrews wasn’t enough on Friday, Oct. 1 as the Stars fell to the Caps. Cody Noseworthy also tallied in a losing cause. The game was played at the Bay Arena. Junior Celtics 10, Stars 3 In this Sept. 29 contest, played at the Brother O’Hare Arena in St. John’s, the Stars were seeing stars.
“I wasn’t too impressed,” said Eddie Russell, head coach of the Stars.
Russell attributes the defeat in Game 2 to “a lack of effort,” not “ because of a lack of talent.”
He elaborated: “ We were there physically, but we didn’t show up to play. When you don’t show up with your A game against the top teams in the league, then you’re going to come out on the short end of it.”
Evidently, the Stars played “ like it was a pond hockey team,” whereas the Celtics “ played it the way junior hockey should be played.”
Russell continues to have high expectations of his players.
“ We have a good, young, fast, talented team,” he insisted. Stars 2, Southern Shore Breakers 1 In the season opener on Sept. 24, Michael Andrews scored in overtime to seal the win. Cody Noseworthy also dented the twine, while Tomas Leonard scored for the Breakers.
Goaltenders for both teams won players of the game; Kyle Offrey for the Breakers and Jason Penney for the Stars.
“For a home-opener, it was a pretty exciting and fast-paced game,” Russell said. “Goaltending on both sides was outstanding.”
The Stars were scheduled to face Mount Pearl on Sunday. Those results were not available before deadline.