Sarnia Minor Midgets A/AA Battle Elements, Traffic and Huskies
Sarnia Sting Minor Midgets travelled to Hamilton to face the Huskies Friday evening. However when team players got past Brantford on the 403 and about 16 km from the Chedoke Arena the traffic came to a standstill. The icy, snowy conditions and the heavy stop and go traffic kept the team from arriving for about another 11/2 hours. The Sting had to rush to dress with no warm-up. The game was only delayed a few minutes to make allowance. They started with only the two linesmen officiating. The referee did not arrive until into the second period and said it took 5 hours for him to come from Toronto. The Sting were also short two centres and a right winger due to illness, suspension and broken leg. The result was 4 quick goals by Hamilton in the first and then they held on for a 5-3 victory over the Sting.
In the first, Hamilton scored two quickly then added another after two Sarnia penalties. Dillon Saunders tried to bring the Sting back with an unassisted goal at 6:29. Hamilton added another following another Sarnia penalty at 3:04 for the 4-1 lead at the end of one.
The Huskies added a fifth goal at 6:04 of the second. Sarnia tried to come back again with a goal by Kevin Durco at 4:20 assisted by Saunders and Gage Riddoch. The power play goal left the Sting down 5-2 at the end of two.
Sarnia got the only goal of the third late in the game after a mixed bag of penalties. Saunders drove the puck home again assisted by Riddoch and Kyle Adams. Cole Lauzon made 21 saves in Sarnia’s net keeping the score from being worse while the Hamilton goalie saved 21 also.