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Sarnia Sabres Atom Red Machine All-Stars Finalists in London Tournament

Friday january 25, 2013

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Team Roster:
Tyler Caron, Matteo Troiani, Matthew Gouveia, Mitchell Schechinger, Zack Pearson, Aaron Coene, Lucas Davidson, Janzen Wark, Aiden Healy, Mitchell Keelan, Patrick Tisdale, Noah Ferrera, Andrew Harron, Jack Symington, Jack Hichinson, Christian D'Agostini, Dean Palimaka

Head Coach: Mike Caron, Assistant Coach: Dean Troiani. Trainer: Roy Gouveia

The Sarnia Sabres Atom Red Machine All-Stars recently competed in the Neil Barker Hockey tournament in London this past week-end. Since the team were carrying 5 "A" players they were placed in the 'Competitive Atom Division' for scheduling. The team would face three teams from the GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League) which proved to be some stiff competition.

Their first game of the tourney matched them with Port Credit Storm. Although a little tentative and nervous, Sarnia would come out of the gate firing at all cylinders. They would jump out to a 2 goal lead with tallies from left-winger Jack Hutchinson. Port Credit would eventually turn things up a notch and even the scoring late in the third period. In the dying seconds of the game Sarnia would capitalize. Right winger Tyler Caron would pass the puck from behind the net which found the stick of centerman Mateo Troiani who banged it home sending Sarnia to their first victory of the day.

The next two games provided some exciting action but unfortunately Sarnia found themselves on the losing end. Some great effort and determination by our boys however with solid goaltending performances from Noah Ferrera and Andrew Harron.

The Sarnia Sabres would make the semi-finals and would be matched up with Toronto Erindale who had defeated them earlier in the day by a score of 2 - 0. This time it would be a different outcome as Sarnia was pumped and ready to play. The game would be a very close checking affair with both teams playing some strong defense. Sarnia would finally break the deadlock in the second period on a beautiful goal by centerman Mateo Troiani who would net the puck between the pads of the Erindale goalie. A one goal lead would not seem secure as Erindale began to play offensively. In the dying minutes of the game, Erindale would add a skater as they pulled their goalie, however, the Sarnia Sabres would secure the deal when Tyler Caron would find the open net on a beautiful individual effort!

The Red Machine would advance to the finals and play the Port Credit Storm once again. Although the boys gave it their all they would run out of steam and fall short in the end.

All coaches, parents and fans were very pleased with the effort, determination and gameplay of "all" our boys. Some younger team members experienced their first competitive tournament action and did not disappoint.










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