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Major Bantam's Take Commanding Lead In AA Playoff Championship Series

March 23nd, 2012


Friday night the Sarnia Sting Major Bantam AA team hosted the Hamilton Reps in game one of the Playoff Championship Series. Sarnia came out hard and had several great scoring chances but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. Hamilton was first on the board with a 1-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game. The Sting continued to struggle in their own end during the first period and were trailing 3-1 after the first period with Sean Ginnell scoring the Sting's lone goal in the first period. Second period action was not much better for the Sting as both teams traded goals in the second period with the Reps holding a 4-2 lead going into the third period. However at the end of the second period there was a scum down in the Sting end which resulted in a Hamilton player getting a 4 minute head contact penalty so the Sting would have the power-play to start the third.


Third period action had the Sting come out hard and took full advantage of the power-play opportunity as Kyle Adams would beat the Reps goaltender to bring the Sting within 1 goal as Aiden Chapdelaine and Drew Morgan picked up assists. On the same power-play Sarnia would tie the game up as Austin Cooper would bang in a goal mouth rebound to tie things up a 4-4 with Nolan Riley and Jared Bourque getting assists on the play. Sarnia played much better in their defensive zone in the third period limiting the Reps chances on getting the winner as the third period came to a close as the teams headed to a 5 min overtime period. Well it didn't take long for this game to end in overtime as Kyle Adams would break up a play in the Sting zone and move the puck up to a streaking Sean Ginnell who went in two on one with Aiden Chapdelaine, Ginnell would pull the defender wide with a nice move and slide the puck over the Chapdelaine who would one time the puck into the back of the net just :15 seconds into the overtime frame giving the Sting a huge come from behind victory and take game one in the first to six point series. Riley Collins picked up the win in net.


Saturday the Sting headed down to Hamilton for game two of the series. Sarnia picked up right where they left off the previous night filling the net often and early in the first period as Nolan Riley would put Sarnia on the board first on a beautiful pass from Jared Bourque and Ricky McPhail. Less than two minutes later the Line of Riley, Bourque and McPhail would strike again as Nolan Riley would give the Sting a 2-0 lead with his second of the game. Aiden Chapdelaine would increase the Sting lead to 3-0 with Kyle Adams and Sean Ginnell picking up assists. Before the first period was over it was the line of Riley, Bourque and McPhail again as Nolan Riley would score his third of the game giving him the first period hat trick and a 4-0 lead sending the Hamilton goaltender to the shower before the first period even came to an end.


Second period action the Sting increased their lead once again as Devin Butler would one time a low shot that went through the Reps goaltender and into the back of the net for a 5-0 lead. Sarnia controlled much of the play as the Reps started to become more physical but the outcome of the game was never in jeopardy as the Sting cruised to a solid 5-1 win to take game two of the series. Colin Osler, Drew Morgan, Callahan Doughty, Gage Riddoch, Trever Forsten and Trent Duncan all had solid games on the point and Matt Szabo picked up the win in net.


Sarnia will host the Hamilton Reps in game three on Sunday March 25th 3pm @ Clearwater Arena Blue. If Sarnia can pull off the win they will complete the sweep and be crowned the 2011-2012 AA Playoff Champions. Come out and cheer on the boys to victory.