The Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Atom AAA were looking forward to putting their dismal record in 2012 of 7 wins, 26 losses and 6 ties behind them and starting fresh in 2013.
The Minor Atoms started their 2013 quest on Sunday, January 6 when they travelled to the Medway Arena in London to take on their arch nemesis, the Jr. Knights. Unfortunately, the team found themselves down early and had to claw their way back into the game.
After one period of play, Lambton found themselves being out shot 16 to 4 and down 4-0 to a team that they really didnít want to lose to. The Jr. Sting found themselves down 5-0, early in the 2nd, before Owen Peters passed the puck up to Derek Esselment who used his speed to out skated a Jr. Knightís defensemen and slide his 9th of the season past the London goaltender and just ten minutes later, Andrew Lemieux scored his 21st of the season on a well timed wrap-a-round from Austin Harper. However, the team found themselves down 8-2 after 30 minutes and being out shot 31 to 10.
Harper took a tripping penalty as the puck was dropped to begin the 3rd period of play but just 13 seconds later Nicholas Medeiros scored his 8th of the season shorthanded. Lemieux would bring the visitors within 4 just 1:16 later when he buried his own rebound on a backhander from Lucas deLorenzo. The Jr. Sting continued to skate and was able to capitalize on a power play mid-way through the 3rd when Esselment scored his second of the game from Lemieux and Eric McDonald. Carson Peer would score his 4th of the season from Owen Chambers before the final buzzer sounded. Goaltender, Blake Foster, played well between the pipes turning away 35 of the 44 shots he faced. The team battled hard in the 3rd period but just could not overcome their early deficit and ended up losing 9-6.
The team plays two home games this weekend. On Saturday, the Jr. Sting are at home to their divisional rivals, Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and Sunday they look for retribution against the Jr. Knights.