Shanahan Warrior Results
The Lambton Jr. Sting Major Atom AAA team traveled to Mississauga last weekend to take part in the annual Shanahan Warrior Tournament, hosted by the Mississauga Reps hockey club.
Lambton faced off versus the #6 ranked team in Ontario, the Mississauga Rebels. This strong Rebels team was too much for the Jr. Sting to handle and scored 5 goals in the first period of play. The Jr. Sting put together a much better second period and saw them tie mighty Rebels 1 – 1, but found themselves down 6 – 1 in the game. Derek Esselment got Lambton’s lone goal of the game from Jake MacLean and Nicholas Medeiros. Mississauga scored 4 more in the third to take the game 10 – 1. With some nice work behind the net and making numerous shot blocks throughout the game, winger Andrew Lemieux was named Lambton’s Game MVP.
Game 2 of the tournament saw Lambton taking on # 8 Nepean Raiders from our nation’s capital region. The Jr. Sting got on the board first when defenseman, Matthew Moore, make a beautiful rush down the far boards and centered the puck. Centre Derek Esselment would score his second goal of the tournament when he buried Moore’s pass. Nicholas Medeiros also received an assist on the play. Unfortunately, the Raiders scored the next 6 straight goals and the Jr. Sting lost the game 6 – 1. Game MVP was awarded to goaltender Kaden Gray.
Saturday morning brought a new day and a rejuvenated team to the rink. Taking on the # 12 Hamilton Bulldogs, the Major Atoms held a 2 – 1 lead for most of the game. Carson Peer got Lambton on the board, just 3:36 into the game on a breakaway. Before the end of the period, Lambton centre, Nate Highfield would put the Jr. Sting up 2 – 0 from winger Jake MacLean. The Bulldogs would score one early in the second and Lambton held this one goal lead until the 5 minute mark of the third when Hamilton scored a power play goal. This late goal changed the momentum of the game and the Bulldogs scored 2 more quick goals to take a 4 – 2 lead in the final minute of play. Centre, Ryder Nienhuis, would get one back with just 29 seconds left on the clock when he buried a shot from defenseman, Connor Nesbitt. Winger, Carson Peer, won the Game MVP award for all his hard work.
Game 4 saw the Lambton Jr. Sting versus the #20 York-Simcoe Express. The Express took an early 5 – 0 lead before the Jr. Sting were able to get on the board. Winger, Bradyn Santavy was a “man on a mission” and got Lambton on the board late in the second period from defenseman, Anthony Bax. The third period was dominated by the Jr. Sting scoring 3 unanswered goals to cut the Express lead to 5 – 4. Goal scorers in the third period included Carter Viglasky, Bradyn Santavy (with his 2nd of the game) and Jake MacLean. Assists on the third period goals were given to Anthony Bax, Andrew Lemieux (2), Carson Peer and Matthew Moore. With 2 assists in the game, defenseman Anthony Bax was awarded the Game MVP honours.
To be able to compete with some of Ontario’s best hockey teams was a great confidence builder for this team!
The Major Atoms have a quiet weekend coming up with just one game, in Hamilton, on Sunday.