The Jr Sting welcomed the London Bandits and North London Nationals for a pair of home games...
On Friday night, the Jr Sting went up against the London Bandits at the Sarnia Arena.
This game featured the first meeting between these two rivals who competed against each other in the league semi-finals the following year.
The Sting welcomed Brock Barber who was fresh off his assignment in the K.H.L.
Barber didn't waste any time contributing as he scored the lone goal of the first period on a pretty goal as he skated out from the corner and timed a shot between the goalies pads. The goal was assisted by defenseman Mathew Waun who held the puck in the offensive zone and fed it to Barber in the corner. Despite controlling the play in the first period the Sting could only muster one goal against the Bandits goalie.
Scoring in the second period started with Kaz Gudelis scoring with a rifle from the point that was assisted by Spencer Baillie. Kudos to the other forwards for getting some traffic in front of the Bandits goalie making it difficult for him to see the laser by Gudelis. Next up was Colin Zimmer with a pretty move on the goalie in tight to give the Sting their third of the night. Assists went to Barber and Tyler Talbot-Ellis.
In the third period, it became clear that the Sting's persistent, "in your face" offence began to wear down the Bandits. This led to two more Sting goals. The first was a goal by Spencer Baillie. This was assisted by Andrew Czyczurko and Evan Trigatti. The second was Colin Zimmer's second of the game which was assisted by Aiden Clark.
Congratulations to Stevie Schaefer who capture the "Shut-Out."
Players of the Game.
Parents - Kaleb Zeytinoglu
Coaches - Greg Ross
Final Score Sarnia Sting 5
London Bandits 0
The second game of the weekend featured the Sarnia Jr Sting welcoming the league defending champions, the North London Nationals. The Nationals came into Sarnia as the first place team in the league, mainly due to an early season victory over the Sting.
The first period of the game was a one sided affair. The Sting controlled the tempo and puck possession, however, had a great deal of difficulty in finding the back of the net due to some stellar play by the National's Goaltender. The first period ended in a 0-0 tie.
Finally, in the second period the Sting broke through. The first goal was a beautiful effort by Spencer Baillie, assisted by Andrew Czyczurko. The second goal of the period was a solo effort by Tyler Talbot-Ellis who put on a dazzling display of offence and skated through the entire Nationals team and buried a wrist shot to the top left corner. The assist on Talbot-Ellis' goal goes to Coach Ivan for yelling at Talbot-Ellis to skate with the puck!!!
Unfortunately, somebody misinformed the Sting players by telling them that the team that scored the first two goals automatically wins the game!!! Despite all their hard work and excellent play the Sting let their foot off the gas pedal, and the Nationals, to their credit, potted two quick goals and evened the score. To make matters worse, the Nationals then added a third goal to take the lead. Despite, dominating the majority of the play, poor positioning and lack of focus for only a brief moment put the Sting down a goal going into the third period.
In the third period, Spencer Baillie and Kaleb Zeytinoglu decided to put the team on their back and cue the comeback. Baillie scored the first goal of the period on the powerplay, with an assist from Greg Ross. The second goal was probably the nicest goal of the season to-date. Kaleb Zeytinoglu, with National players hanging off him powered through, and somehow, managed to power the puck past the goaltender to reclaim the lead. An insurance goal was then added by Baillie with an assist from Colin Zimmer. Thankfully, Baillie purchased this insurance because the London Nationals scored another goal to bring the score back within one. The Sting, however, managed to hang on to capture the victory and Czyczurko potted an empty-netter to secure the win.
The players of the game went to the defensive pairing of Greg Ross and Kaz Gudelis who played a superb game on the point. A shout-out goes to Baillie for his hat trick and 5 points in two games...
Cam Stevens picked up the win in net.
Sarnia Sting - 6
North London Nationals - 4
Next game is Monday night versus the London Bandits.