Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Sarnia Sting Minor Midgets A/AA competed in the Waterloo Memorial Hockey Tournament at three different facilities in Waterloo on the Nov. 16-18 weekend. They lost in the semi-final game by a score of 4 to 3 to Ottawa Sting in double overtime. Before the first game began Ron Drury shared his aspiration that the Sarnia Sting would take it one step further than previous tournaments. That hope wasn’t fulfilled in one way in that the team did not win the tournament but in another way it came true in that the Sting did do very well for the number of teams in the Minor Midget division (16) and for the caliber of those teams.
Sarnia did not start out well with a 6-2 loss to Rideau St. Lawrence Kings at the Waterloo Memorial REC Complex. Kevin Durco scored Sarnia’s first goal assisted by Drew Morgan to tie the score at 1 after one period. Devin Butler drew a suspension for a hit from behind call in the first. In the second, Nolan Riley scored assisted by Blain Adams and Kyle Adams but gave up 3 goals to end the period down 4-2. Rideau added 2 goals in the third and outshot Sarnia 37-12 on the game.
Sarnia faced Richmond Hill Stars at 6:30 at the AMCE and stepped up their intensity to win the game 3-2 in a game with better speed, passing and hitting. The Sting opened the scoring at 5:56 of the first with an unassisted goal by Tyler Drury for the 1-0 lead. In the second, the Stars tied it at one before Sarnia took the lead again at 3:11 with a goal by Jeff Williams assisted by Nolan Riley. Dillon Saunders added a power play goal early in the third at 14:50 assisted by Blain Adams. Richmond Hill followed at 12:39 with their second goal but couldn’t muster a tie breaker due to the good Sting defense. Unfortunately, Adriano Fuoco received a suspension for defending his team near the end of the game. Cole Lauzon made 18 saves in net while the Stars goalie made 21 saves.
Saturday morning the Sting faced Peterborough Petes back at the REC centre. After a scoreless first period, Dillon Saunders opened the scoring at 13:18 of the second assisted by Devin Butler back in the line-up. At, 1;38 Nolan Riley was driven head first into the boards near the penalty box and went down to stay down for awhile. Number 53 from the Petes was ejected and given a suspension. Nolan amazingly was back in action in the third. Saunders got his second goal of the game at 13:54 assisted by Nolan. However, Peterborough came back with two late goals to tie the game at two. Shots on goal favoured Sarnia 28 to 17.
The tie gave Sarnia second place in their division so they faced Woolwich Wildcats who won their division, in the afternoon quarter-final at RIM Optimists. Lauzon stopped 3 or 4 wrap around attempts to preserve a scoreless first. Butler opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 14:24 of the second. After some rough play with penalties, Saunders added another unassisted goal with 3:45 to go in the period. In the third, Richard McIntosh sealed the 3-0 win with a goal at 6:13 assisted by Nolan Riley and Kyle Adams. The shots on goal were fairly even favouring Sarnia 14-13.
Sarnia faced Ottawa Sting in the semi-final Sunday morning back at Optimist rink. The boys from both teams were there to play fast and hard hockey. Dillon Saunders opened the scoring at 9:13 of the first assisted by Kevin Durco and Michael Pearce. Ottawa scored to tie it at 1 but Kyle Adams gave Sarnia the lead again with 10.9 seconds left in the period assisted by Nolan Riley and Cullen Smith. Ottawa tied it again late in the penalty free second. Ottawa got their first lead with a goal at 10.52 of the third but Sarnia came right back at 9:50 when Jeff Williams scored on a pretty play from Devin Butler. The tie meant overtime and in the first 4 on 4 overtime Nolan Riley took a hit on the boards near the blue line that put him out of the game and eventually out for a few weeks with a broken leg. No penalty was awarded. In the second 3 on 3 overtime Sarnia had some great chances early but number 9 from Ottawa ended Sarnia’s hopes with the winner at 7:42. Cole Lauzon was stellar in net turning aside 28 Ottawa shots.
NOTE; Ottawa Valley Silver Seven defeated Ottawa Sting in the final 2-0.