Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dallas Stars Elites have impressive start to Tier 1 Season

The Dallas Stars Midget Majors went 4-for-4 in their season opening event up in Wisconsin as the Stars Elites, despite giving up the first goal in all 4 games, won all 4 games last weekend. As they went up against the Illinois/Ohio Division to start the Tier 1 Season as they took down 3 of the Illinois Teams and the only Ohio based Team against the Cleveland Barons as well.

Through the first 4 games, Tanner Karty & Garrett Cox were the leading scorers with 4 & 3 goals respectively.Other big performances coming from players like Marcus Ortiz with 3 assists, who's playing his first full season after getting noticed by the team while he played for Garland ISD in the AT&T Metroplex HS Hockey League midway through last season.

One of the big things that could have gone wrong by giving up the first goal, but the goaltending duo of Christian Frey (Whose a Des Moines Buccaneers Prospect) and Sean Lawrence who are able to fight it off to help the Elites win all 4 games last weekend.

If Christian Frey keeps playing like this, it may just be a matter of time before he may get a shot with the Dese Moines Buccaneers, especially if the Buccaneers have some injury problems to deal with in net. In his first two games against Team Illinois and the Cleveland Barons, he went an impressive 1.50 GAA with a 2-1 win over Team Illinois on Saturday Afternoon and a 4-2 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

As for his goaltending partner with Sean Lawrence who also just gave up 3 goals during the weekend in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Fury on Friday and a 4-2 win over the CYA on Saturday Morning.

If the Stars Elites Goaltending can keep this up, it could be a year where the team could be in a spot to at least not just contend for the Mid-American Division Title, if not the Tier 1 U18 Title this season.

One thing the Stars Elites will need to correct is the massive amount of penalties as they almost had their coach suspended due to the penalty acclimation and a 10 minute misconduct in the 2nd period by Kyle Mckenzie in the game against Team Illinois. This should be the #1 thing the Stars Elites need to work on before their next game against the Alliance Bulldogs on Friday Night, and for their next event in Arizona in Mid-October when they face the West Division Teams.

If the Stars Elites are going to be a force in the Tier 1 League this season, the number of penalties seriously needs to come down. They will have plenty of time before the next set of Tier 1 Games next month as they will head west to Arizona for 4 games in Mid-October.

However, before then it's their next game against the Dallas Alliance Bulldogs on Friday Night at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter in Valley Ranch. Earlier this month, the Stars Elites played the Alliance Bulldogs during Labor Day Weekend who won 3-0 in their first game of the season.

Also with the 4-for-4 weekend, the Stars Elites find themselves on top of the Mid-American Division with a perfect 8 points with the St. Louis Amateur Blues 2 points back who had a record of 2-0-2 last weekend

Here's the Boxscores from this past weekend.

9/17: Dallas Stars Elites 2 Team Illinois 1 (1-1, 1-0, 0-0)

9/18: Chicago Fury 1 Dallas Stars Elites 3 (1-0, 0-2, 0-1)

9/18: Dallas Stars Elites 4 Cleveland Barons 2 (1-1, 2-1, 1-0)

9/19: CYA 2 Dallas Stars Elites 4 (2-0, 0-2, 0-2)

Here's the Rosters & Stats for the Stars Elites

Here's the Dallas Stars Elites Upcoming Schedule

9/24: VS. Dallas Alliance Bulldogs 7:30 PM @ Valley Ranch Starscenter

10/15: VS. LA Selects Hockey Club 3:20 PM @ Ice Den (Scottsdale, ARZ)

10/16: VS. Colorado Thunderbirds 2:00 PM @ Ice Den

10/16: VS. LA Kings Elites 8:30 PM @ Ice Den

10/17: VS. Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 12:10 PM @ Ice Den

In addition to the Elites great start to the Tier 1 Season, the Midget Minor's kick off the Tier 1 Season this weekend in Lewis Center, Ohio as the Stars Midget Minors will take on 4-of-the-5 Detroit Division Teams this weekend.

Here's the Midget Minor Roster & Stats

Dallas Stars Midget Minor Upcoming Schedule

9/24: VS. Honeybaked Hockey 6:20 PM @ Chiller North (Lewis Center, OH)

9/25: VS. Belle Tires 1:00 PM @ Chiller North

9/25: VS. Victory Honda 8:10 PM @ Chiller North

9/26: VS. Little Caesars 8:00 AM @ Chiller North

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