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Sarnia Sting Major Bantam AA take game one in Playoff Series

March 17th, 2012

After suffering a devastating loss last weekend in the play down semi-finals to the Cambridge Hawks the Sting were eliminated from the league championship. The Sting were moved over to the playoff semi-finals against the Waterloo Wolves Gold team who lost to the Kitchener Rangers in the other semi-finals with the winner between the Wolves and Sting advancing to the play-off championship series for third place in the league.

Sarnia made the trip to Waterloo last night missing 6 players from its line-up in a first to 4 point series. Early first period action had the Sting go on the power-play but instead of mounting any pressure Sarnia came out flat footed and gave up two shorthanded goals in the same shift and found themselves in an early hole down 2-0.  Late in the first period Waterloo was assessed two undisciplined penalties giving the Sting an opportunity to turn things around on the 5 on 3 power-play. Sarnia would finally get on the board as Colin Osler quarterbacking the power-play would hit Sean Ginnell with a pass who in turn would feed a beautiful back door pass to Kyle Adams who would slam home the one-timer bringing the Sting to within one goal of the Wolves at 2-1.

Second period action the Sting would pick up the pace even with a very short bench and would tie the game up as Drew Morgan would make a nice cross ice pass out of the defensive zone to Sean Ginnell who would take the puck wide and see Kyle Adams coming through the middle of the ice, Ginnell would make a beautiful pass right on the tape as Adams would go in on the breakaway and make his patented stick handle move and bury the puck on the backhand tie this game up at 2-2. Mid-way through the second period the Wolves would get a power-play opportunity themselves and would take advantage of the situation as they would put one past the Sting goaltender Riley Collins for the 3-2 lead. Shortly after the Sting would tie the game up with some strong fore-checking by Nolan Riley, Jeffrey Williams and Devin Butler as Devon Butler found himself just outside of the slot as a deflected shot came right over to him as he unleashed a slap shot that found the top corner sending the Waterloo goaltenders water bottle up in the air and on the ice tying the game up at 3-3, Jeffrey Williams was credited with the assist. Soon after the Sting would take their first lead of the game as Aiden Chapdelaine would hit Kyle Adams with a pass who in turn who hit a streaking Sean Ginnell with a pass sending him in on the breakaway, Ginnell would come in and snap a low blocker shot past the Wolves goalie giving the Sting a 4-3 lead at the end of the second period.

Third period action had the Sting setting up the neutral zone trap and it worked well until mid-way through the final frame the Sting relaxed in their own end and instead of taking the body decided they would do a little stick swinging instead would allow the Wolves to tie the game at 4-4. Sarnia would regain the lead on a solid solo effort by Aiden Chapdelaine as he would restore the Sting’s one goal lead 5-4. With just over a minute left in the game the Wolves would pull their goalie for the extra attacker but the Sting still continued with their trap style of play and would force the turnover as Sean Ginnell would pick off a bad Wolves pass sending Ginnell and Adams in on the breakaway with no goaltender, Ginnell would walk into the front of the net and display great sportsmanship and team play as he would drop pass the puck so that line mate Kyle Adams could register the hat trick giving the Sting the 6-4 victory.