This past weekend the Minor Atoms hosted the Cambridge Hawks and the Sun County Panthers.
In their first game of the weekend, the Jr. Sting took on the Cambridge Hawks and took a 4 - 2 loss in a close contest. The Jr Sting found themselves down 1-0 just :19 seconds into the first frame. Derek Esselment would tie the game up, on the powerplay, after some nice work down low by Nicholas Medeiros.
The second period would see the Hawks go ahead on a shorthanded goal but Lambton would capitalize on a power play just :24 seconds later. Scoring for Lambton was Mederios, on a nice “up ice” pass from Eric McDonald, playing his second game on defence. Cambridge went on and added a third goal to take the lead. With the score at 3 - 2 Lambton and the clock winding down Lambton pulled their goalie for the extra man advantage. Cambridge was able to pull loose and dump the puck into the empty net to take the win. Lambton went 2 for 5 on the power play.
On Sunday, the team met the Sun County Panthers in the first of 4 meetings this season. The two teams battled hard in the first period of play and the Panthers found themselves up 1-0 with just 6 seconds remaining in the period. Lambton came out flat in the second period and did not register a shot on goal, being out shot 8-0 in the period. The Jr. Sting found themselves down 3-0 heading into the third period of play. The third period was a penalty filled affair that saw the referees call a total 8 penalties. Lambton lone goal came mid-way through the period, when Andrew Lemieux scored a power play goal on a nice wraparound. Unfortunately, the Jr. Sting lost their 8th in a row 5-1.
The team will regroup and take a break from league play and will travel to Ohio this coming weekend to take part in the Cleveland Jr. Barons 2003 Showcase.