The Kansas City Stars played host to the Des Moines Capitals over the weekend, with games Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The Stars varsity team traded wins with the Caps, losing the first game Saturday before storming their way to an impressive win Sunday morning.
The Stars lost on Saturday 2-0, in a game that was headlined by solid defense for both teams. Stars senior goaltender Brendon Stinson (33) stopped 26 of 27 shots in the loss, keeping his team in the game down to the final minutes. With just under two minutes to play, the Stars trailed 1-0 and pulled their goaltender looking for an offensive advantage, but came up short, as they were unable to find the back of the net. The Caps blocked a long shot attempt from the blue line and scored an empty-net goal with five seconds remaining in regulation.
The Capitals defense made things difficult for the Stars, lead by the outstanding play of senior defenseman John Watson (28) and senior goaltender Cameron Brookes (30). Brookes stopped all 31 shots he faced on the way to his third shutout of the season.
Sunday morning’s game was a much different story. The Stars had no trouble finding the back of the net early, and consistently, as they cruised past a sluggish Caps team, 4-1.
Just over a minute into the first period, Stars senior forward Jimmy Joice (6) snuck the puck past the Caps goaltender on the powerplay. The Stars kept the pressure up and never looked back, adding another first period goal, scored by senior forward Jake Edwards (24). Junior forward Alex Blow (13) and senior forward Tim Ediger (4) recorded goals in the second period, giving the stars a 4-0 lead heading into the third.
The Capitals found a little offense in the final frame, but it was too little too late, scoring their only goal with less than six minutes to play. The Stars defense did an exceptional job shutting down the Caps offense, allowing only 13 shots on goal the entire game. The Stars varsity is currently tied for fourth place in the MHSHL standings with 18 points.
The Stars JV team remained unbeaten after the weekend as well, winning both games against the Capitals. They currently sit at the top of the JV standings with 21 points and a 9-0-3 record. The Stars won 5-2 Saturday, and were led by Sophomore Logan Lopicka (36) who scored three goals in the win. Sophomore Yale Vandyne (25) recorded three assists in the game as well. The Stars won again on Sunday 3-0, as Stars sophomore goaltender Blair Sanders (30) recorded his first shutout of the season.
The Stars will travel to Des Moines next weekend to play the Oak Leafs, then return home for a mid-week matchup against cross-town rival, Kansas City Jr. Outlaws on Tuesday, December 21st.