The Lambton Jr Sting Major Peewee AAA team coached by Paul Hurtubise went 2 for 2 on the road this past weekend beating both the Chatham-Kent Cyclones and the Huron Perth Lakers.
On Saturday the team travelled to the Chatham Memorial Arena winning 5 – 0. The boys started quickly winning the opening faceoff and scoring 12 seconds into the game. Josh Vale showed great patience outwaiting the goaler before roofing one. The Sting continued to dominate in the first period even out chancing the Cyclones while on the penalty kill. The forwards applied good pressure down low creating havoc with their cycle game and tenacity on the puck. Their efforts were complimented by the defensive corps who played very strong at both blue lines.
The second period started much like the first with a faceoff win leading to a scoring chance off the stick of Curtis marks that was denied by the shaft of the goalers stick. Undaunted the Joey Ferrera put the puck away after some nice work and passing from Lucas Knowles and Curtis Marks. Soon after this the “other” hometown team started to make their presence felt and the sting had a parade to the penalty box. The penalty killers were able to keep the score sheet clean even killing off an extended 5 on 3. They forced the Cyclones to remain on the outside for the most part. Josh Bayne covered the net well and made a great toe save on the one quality scoring chance given up. The Sting went up 3 – 0 on a goal by Curtis Marks from Gage Langford.
The third period saw the Cyclones try and intimidate the Sting with their physical play but the boys were more than prepared to play this style of hockey too. After potting 2 more goals the Sting finished the game up 5 – 0.
The player of the game goes to Josh Bayne for the shutout and making all the saves when called upon with honourable mention to captain Joey Ferrera for his solid play in both ends of the rink.
Sunday saw the team travel to Zurich to take on the Huron Perth Lakers and some personal demons. The Sting were unable to beat the Lakers, last years’ third best team in the league in the 2011 season. However, this is a new year and a new season. A very exciting 5 – 3 victory for the Sting was in store.
The first period started tentatively with both teams feeling each other out early on. An early shorthanded goal off a perfect bounce pass up the wing leading to a break-a-way by the Lakers seemed to spark both teams. The Sting drew even on a tip-in by Dante Fuoco off of a good low hard point shot from Joe Correia. This same combo almost put another in less than a minute later on a very similar play. Both teams picked up the pace and intensity seeming to sense the importance of this early season match-up.
The second period started with a bang for the sting with 2 goals 9 seconds apart off the sticks of Nic Direzze and Cameron Rombouts with the assists going to Dante Fuoco, Theo Crombeen, Joey Ferrera and Josh Vale. The Lakers would draw to within a goal after an unlucky bounce off a sting defender who shall remain nameless (don’t worry D-men all of us have goals go in the wrong net after hitting us!) Two quick penalties against the Sting stemmed the momentum and turned it over to the Lakers. The Sting penalty killers again held the fort with the best killer being the goaler Jakob Knowles who made the key saves when called upon. Unfortunately the Lakers drew even at 3 – 3 shortly after the penalties expired. The boys however dug deep and were not to be denied. 32 seconds later after a textbook breakout of D to D from Alec Trusler to Gage Langford who passed up the wing to Theo Crombeen with a tip pass to Nic Direzze who scored his second of the game putting the Sting up for good.
After the flood between the second and third, both teams again came out tentative but the intensity soon picked up as both teams enjoyed a man advantage. The penalty killers for both teams again played well keeping the scoring chances to a minimum. The game remained tense with the Sting holding onto their 1 goal lead until just over 3 minutes were left in the game. Joe Correia picked up the puck behind his own net and with head up skated the puck up to the Sting blue line after eluding the Lakers forecheckers. He then made a nice pass to Dante Fuoco who carried the puck into the deep slot where after drawing the d-man made an unselfish pass to a wide open Joey Ferrera for the easy tap-in. 5 – 3 Sting and game over.
The player of the game went to Dante Fuoco who was a force all game long. His physical play and scoring touch led to goal and 2 assists. Well done Dante and well done Team!