Early sea­son woes for Stars

Drops two straight af­ter win­ning sea­son opener

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY BUR­TON K. JANES bur­tonj@nfld.net

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.

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