Stars Defeat Fury In Tight Match

by Brett Gleason

Trio of Antoniuk, McNeley, Ramos combines for six goals, nine points

TACOMA, Wash. (Dec. 10, 2016) -- The Tacoma Stars (5-3) turned in their best offensive performance of the season in a 9-8 victory over the visiting Ontario Fury (2-3) on Saturday night at the ShoWare Center.

The Stars offense logged a season-high nine goals and was led by braces from forward Dan Antoniuk, defender Evan McNeley, and midfielder Micheal Ramos - all three also contributed one assist for a total of nine points between them. Goalkeeper Danny Waltman threw down 13 saves on 21 shots in his 60 minutes in goal.

The match was a back-and-forth affair, with the two club’s combining for four ties and five lead changes. Ramos’ goal with just under two minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter put the Stars on top for good.

Ontario jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter behind goals from Leonardo De Oliveira and Tiguinho Dias before Antoniuk closed out the frame with the Stars first goal of the night.

Another pair of goals to open the second quarter of play extended the Fury lead to 4-1. However, an onslaught of three Tacoma goals from Antoniuk, McNeley, and midfielder Jamael Cox sent the two clubs into halftime all knotted up at 4-4.

Ramos scored his first goal of the night just 33 seconds into the second half to put the Stars ahead, 5-4. What followed was a trio of goals from Ontario that spanned into early in the fourth quarter, giving the visitors a 7-5 edge.

Tacoma would go on to out-score the Fury by a 4-1 margin in the final quarter, including a power play goal from midfielder Joey Gjertsen, to create the final winning margin of 9-8. Ontario tied the match in the final minutes at 8-8 with a goal from Nick Perera before Ramos connected on the decisive score. Ramos’ game winner was the second of his career against the Fury.

The Stars remain at home for one more match against the San Diego Sockers on Sunday, Dec. 18 before taking an extended holiday break in play. The match against the Sockers is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. PT.