This past Saturday, the Major Peewees were host to the Waterloo Wolves, a team that has to be considered one of the best in the league and a good measuring stick for how our team stacks up.
In the opening minutes of the game both teams seem to be feeling one another out with very little offensive. There was only one close call early on, when a Waterloo winger made a pass out front, that was nearly deflected into our net by our own player….close call.! About 5 minutes into the period Curtis Marks delivered a good hard check to a Wolves defensemen, causing him to stay on the ice for several minutes. This seemed to give the Wolves a bit of a wake up call, soon after, one of their forwards drove to the net hard colliding with our goalie and forcing the puck over the line. Then with only 1:26 remaining in the period, the Wolves D-man chipped a puck off the boards past our defense creating a partial breakaway which ended in a deke and a goal….2-0 at the end of the first period.
The second period was played very much like the 1st period with Waterloo controlling most of the play, getting to those loose pucks first. Waterloo made it 3-0 on a power play goal, and things were not looking good. However, things began to change after Jakob Knowles made a great save from point blank range. From this point on, going into the 3rd the Sting got stronger.
The 3rd period saw a change from chasing the puck to gaining control and dictating the play with good passing and aggressiveness. This change led to a great goal from a 3 on 2 rush, which was begun by Theo Crombeen who passed it off to Josh Vale who made a nifty pass to a charging Nic Direzze who finished the play with a good backhander. The Sting strong play continued however, time was not on their side. The goalie was pulled in a desperate effort to make up the two goal deficit, but it was not to be this time.
The final score was 3-1 for the Wolves and the end of our unbeaten streak. The 3rd period was definitely the bright spot for the team, which proves that the team can compete with the likes of Waterloo. The POG was Brett “Slash” Allardyce iin recognition of his versatility in playing either defense “slash” forward whenever needed.
The Lambton Junior Sting Peewee AAA were back in action on Sunday against the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs in the first encounter between these teams this year.
The Sting had a lot more jump in the beginning of this game and were awarded a power play early in the first period. The power play resulted in some good puck movement and pressure in the Elgin zone but no goal. Elgin would get on the score sheet first with one of their speedy forwards making a nice rush to the Sting goal. The Sting would respond right off the ensuing faceoff with Lucas Knowles breaking in down the left wing and snapping home a low wrist shot to tie the game. Elgin would once again take the lead before the end of the first period on a nice goal scored on a 2 on 1.
In the second period the Sting would continue to pressure and Cameron Adam would find Cameron Rombouts open and Rombouts would fire a long hard wrist shot which the Elgin keeper got a piece of, but not enough to keep the puck from crossing the goal line. Elgin would once again respond on another odd man rush and would add 2 more goals to take a 5 – 2 lead into the 3rd period.
The Sting would come out strong in the 3rd period and Josh Vale would grab a loose puck in front of the Chiefs net and snap home a hard wrist shot to narrow the margin to 5 – 3. Shortly after Dante Fuoco would break in down the right wing and send a shot on goal with Cameron Adam knocking home the rebound. Lambton would pressure Elgin to the end but would fall short by a final score of 5 – 4. Joey Ferrera earned the POG with his good two way and physical play.
“We expected a tough weekend and that’s exactly what we got. We continue to be very proud of our team’s “no quit” attitude. Anyone who plays against our team knows they are in for a fight until the final buzzer goes. We have learned some very valuable lessons that we look forward to apply in the upcoming Shanahan tournament in Toronto from November 9 to 11.”