Welcoming the El Paso Rhinos into the Children’s Health StarCenter for their NA3HL debut, the Mid Cities Jr. Stars entered this weekend on a high note after their 4-0 shutout win against the Louisiana Drillers. With only two wins on the season, the Jr. Stars were looking to carry that momentum forward.
The native Frenchmen, Nahuel Veyan, followed his shutout performance in Louisiana by stopping an official 60 of 61 shots through 65 minutes of play. During the shootout, “Frenchie” turned aside Rhinos shooters Tristan Maestas with a sprawling poke check and John Mulluihill with a glove save. On the other end of the ice, Jr. Stars shooters Corbin Lambert and Michael Fatta put a damper on the Rhino’s debut by beating the opposing goaltender, Jordan Belley’s low blocker side in both attempts.
This victory was a statement for the young Mid Cities squad against an El Paso team that, while making their NA3HL debut, has been a dominating force in junior hockey. Since their foundation in the WSHL (Western States Hockey League) back in 2006, winning the Thorne Cup 3 times (2008, 2014, 2018) and multiple division championships. A win against this squad was an uplifting performance as the team rushed the ice in euphoria, surrounding Fatta along the half boards.
The games Saturday and Sunday saw the Jr. Stars drop both games with scores of 6-1 and 9-0, with the Mid Cities Jr. Stars sitting at 5th place in the South Division with a 3-9-0-0 record and 6 points. The team will hit the ice in opposing territory against the Texas Brahmas at the NYTEX Center in an afternoon tilt at 2:30 p.m.