Sarnia Girls Hockey Well Represented by Their Atom B team at Christmas Classic
Monday December 31, 2012
The Lady Sting traveled to Mississauga over the holidays, to participate in the Christmas Classic. The team faced much uncertainty, even before the first game would begin. Goalie Abbie Clouse was ill, and her attendance was in question. Making matters worse, was the winter storm that arrived, causing some players to be delayed in traffic. All team members did make the start of game one vs Brampton.
The Lady Sting would score three in first period. Taylor Coutts would bury a rebound, from a point shot from Avery Winder. Two minutes later in the offensive zone, Peri Wilson would win the face-off directly to Hannah Thompson, who scored from the top of the circle. Before the period would end, Tori Iacobelli would score, waiting for any rebounds was Jadyn Clark, assisting was Avery Winder.
At 4:22 of the second period, Lindsey Barwitzki would break in alone, deke, and shoot high to the glove side. Increasing the lead.
In the third, Brooke Lauwers would score on a two pass breakout, from Madi Gould and Hannah Thompson. Rounding out the scoring was Kaylee Clarke, assisting was Lindsey Barwitzki, and Sydney Rogers. Sarnia 6-0, over Brampton.
Game 2 the Sarnia girls would face the host Mississauga Chiefs. Brooke Lauwers opened the scoring in the first period. Getting the assist was Taylor Coutts. The Chiefs battled back in the second, to score the only goal of the period.
In the third, Mississauga would take the lead. The Lady Sting would pepper the goalie with many close range shots, only to be denied. Late in the game, with the goalie on the bench, and the extra skater on the ice, the girls would have one last chance to tie. Brooke Lauwers would feed Tori Iacobelli, who shot straight across to the far post, there Hannah Thompson would put the puck in the net. The Sarnia girls tied it up, with only :16 seconds remaining. Sarnia 2 Mississauga 2.
Game 3 of the tournament, the opposition would be, the Flamborough Falcons. Neither team scored in the first period. At 7:30 of the second period, Hannah Thompson would snipe to the top shelf, unassisted.
In the third period at 8:26, Taylor Coutts would redirect an Abbie Williams point shot. Abbie Clouse would shut out the Falcons.
Sting 2-0 over Flamborough.
Game 4 would be the semi-finals of the tournament. Facing a skilled Waterloo team, the game was fast paced, and very exciting.
The Waterloo Ravens would score first, early in the opening period. Both teams would play a defensive style game, in the first period.
Sarnia would be penalized in the second period. Hannah Thompson who was moved to play center, earlier in the tournament would score short handed early in the second. The game was tied after two periods of play.
The third period would offer the Lady Sting many power play chances, as the Ravens were paraded to the penalty box. The Waterloo staff and supporters would become very excited. Sarnia would buzz the Waterloo net, but could not convert on any of the power play chances. Regulation time would expire, and an extra five minute sudden victory overtime period would be needed.
Overtime would be a 4 on 4 format. Only ten seconds in at 4:50, Sarnia was called for tripping, forcing them to play short-handed. Thirty-five seconds later, at 4:15, Sarnia would get another tripping call against them, forcing the girls to play most of the overtime short-handed. Brooke Boelens, Abbie Williams, and Peri Wilson were defensively effective on the penalty kill. Abbie Clouse would make some game saving stops in net. Hannah Thompson had her chance to end it on a breakaway, but was stopped by the Waterloo goalie. With 1:05 remaining, the Lady Sting would get their own power play opportunity, but again, could not convert. Overtime solved nothing, so a shoot-out now applied.
The fans in the stands were clapping their hands, as the excitement increased inside the arena. Waterloo would switch their goalies for the shootout. Brooke Lauwers would start for Sarnia, and was stopped. Abbie Clouse would stop her first shooter. Lindsey Barwitzki was second, and was turned away by the goalie. Abbie would stop another. Third to shoot was Hannah Thompson, and her wrist shot would find the top corner. The Waterloo player would score on her shot also. More shooters were required, as Madi Gould, Peri Wilson, Tori Iacobelli, and Kaylee Clarke all had an opportunity to shoot. Each would be stopped by the Ravens goalie. Many oohs and aahs echoed throughout the rink. On the seventh shooter Abbie Clouse was scored on, the amazing action had reached its peak. Waterloo would advance to the finals. The Lady Sting, some visibly upset, offered some heart stopping, glass pounding excitement, and should be very proud of themselves.
Coach Chad Williams, said he was very happy with the way his team played, and the way they represented themselves. It was exciting to be a part of.
The regular season resumes, as the Atoms travel to Wilmot on Sunday Jan.6th.