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Sarnia Sting Minor Midget M.D. journeyed to Woodstock to battle the Navy Vets.
February 1, 2012

On Saturday Jan. 28 Sarnia Sting Minor Midget M.D. hockey club journeyed to Woodstock to battle the Navy Vets.

Marcus Dusseault skated wide of the defence, using the wide ice surface, to open a lane for the pass back to Christian Kerrigan at the point. The blast low and on target forced a save and a scramble in front to start the contest.

Mario Hudson dished out a solid body check at the blueline, shoulder square in the chest of Brady Wells separating him from the puck.  Austin Walker followed the play and drove a slapper, stopped by the trapper of Jason McArthur wearing the #38 jersey for the Sting. The puck bobbled loose but McArthur was in good position in the butterfly for the chance that never came thanks to the back check effort of Stephen Blysniuk.

Kolton Knott stood up Alex Tait at the blue line and cleared the puck out of the zone efficiently to Hudson. A shot on goal, bit of a stumble from the Woodstock keeper of the cord cottage, Micheal Fawcett; the puck wobbled along the line but did not cross.

Eric Cunningham picked up the puck just inside the Sting blue line and the cross ice pass hit Tristan Buntrock in stride and sent into the Woodstock zone. A side-step one on one move would have sent him in alone, but it failed to fool the defender.

A good hard low shot off the stick of Declan Mayo forced a right pad save from Fawcett to bring the first period to a close.

Walker delivered a solid jolt on Konnor Harris at the top of the circle inside the Sting defensive zone. Harris got up and skated the length of the ice, intercepted a Woodstock clearing attempt and fired a shot on goal. 

The Navy Vets cross centre ice on a two on one break; the pass across tipped away by the stick of Mitch Hodgins.

Owen Payne with a slapper wide of the mark, banked off the end boards out the other side of the net for Joey Austin with a scoring chance denied by Fawcett and held for the whistle.

Knott fired a slapper from the point; taken high on the goalkeeper’s chest protector and the puck dropped to the side of the goal but covered to stop the play.

Mayo, a slick pass over to Buntrock, and the shot deflected way high and over the end glass.

Harris dug the puck out of the corner fed to Dusseault who faked a shot and dumped it back to the point for Hodgins. Quick release, through traffic; a good try and good vision on the play by Marcus. His vision proved even better the next play as a high wrist shot cleared the shoulder of Fawcett and tickled twine to open the scoring at the 9:15 of the second period.

Austin off to the sin bin for a head check violation; Sarnia P.K. unit was aided by a hard ring-a-round the wall by Dan Vallee. The puck was picked up by Payne and chipped ahead to Hudson for a short handed opportunity that clanked the iron behind the Vets keeper!

The Vets’ Damian Clark was penalized, a two minute minor for roughing in front of the net, to set the stage for 4 on 4 play.

Mayo got off a shot on goal, deflected high in the air and bounced over the swipe of Austin’s stick as he headed hard to the net fresh out of the penalty box.

On the short power play, Dusseault won the draw to the point for Dylan Wardell to tee up for a drive, blocked with the carom to Vallee. Fed across for another Wardell slap shot, a scramble in front ensued with Harris gathering the biscuit with a wrap around the back of the net opportunity.

Colton Healy was credited with the second goal of the scrimmage; at 5:26 of the second period, could have been kicked in, could have been goalie interference but the goal was allowed to stand; 2-0 Sarnia.

The Sarnia penalty killers got a work out as Harris was dismissed for two minutes followed by Vallee two for holding and shortly after Vallee for four with a head check violation.

Woodstock took advantage: Walker with a strike and a glove save response from McArthur. Cunningham had a pass attempt up the middle intercepted by John Morgan and he head manned the biscuit to Mitchell Tranicek for a goal scoring chance which was turned aside by McArthur to keep the goose egg on the scoreboard.

The Woodstock power play continued with a shot from Derek Runnalls taken off the helmet by McArthur to close out the second period.

 Third period action started with Kerrigan clearing from Sarnia blue line the length of the ice. Woodstock responded by taking an icing whistle on the power play!

Walker fired a puck into McArthur’s Sting logo; cleared away by Blysniuk with Buntrock giving chase. A good move to beat the defence in the Vets zone by Tristan ; Sarnia was able to pressure Woodstock while shorthanded.

Austin got off a good hard shot and pounced on his own rebound and scored to up the tally to three nil.

Just over three minutes into the third, Cunningham was off for interference; Dusseault took charge driving through the slot with a foot drag kick pass up to his stick and a challenging low shot on goal.

Knott took a shot following a offensive face off win, big save Fawcett. Healy up the middle, the rush turned into a two on one with Cunningham out of the box to join the play; scramble puck loose and blown dead on the whistle.

No quit in the Navy vets squad as #12 Walker snuck passed the dee and gathered in the pass for a break away try. McArthur thwarted the play; the best chance from Woodstock and biggest save of the game for the Sarnia goalie.

The final minutes were highlighted by a Mayo puck that tinged off the crossbar in the key of C and a shifty spin-o-ramma move from Blysniuk at the blue line to leave Brady Wells with nothing but air to check. Followed by a tic- tac- toe passing play that covered 180 feet; Knott to Dusseault to Harris for a try in the crease.

In the final play of the game witnessed Walker with a deke near the front of the net that was broken up nicely by Wardell to prevent the shot attempt and allow the Sting to skate off with a 3-0 win.


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