On Sunday the Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midgets earned a big win by defeating the Alliance West Division leaders London Jr. Knights (13-4-4) with a final score of 3 - 1.
"That was a good win." Head Coach Jeff Perry said "Obviously London is one of the top teams in the Alliance, I thought our team played very well."
The two teams are 1 - 1 after Lambton took a loss earlier this week with the same score of 3 - 1.
Penalties were a major factor in the game with both sides taking a total of 28 minutes on 14 infractions.
The Jr. Sting scored all three goals with the extra man advantage. Defensive team of Franco Sproviero and Eric Marsh each earned 3 points in the game contributing on all three goals.
"We were good defensively and in the end our special teams came through big for us. I thought our penalty kill was exceptional and three power play goals." Perry said
After a scoreless first period Alec Dekoning scored the only goal in the second with Marsh and Sproviero assisting at 5:01.
Third period action saw London score to tie the game at 2:30 with Connor Hill scoring. Two quick goals starting at 11:21 gave Lambton the edge. Curtis Helps scored the eventual winning goal with Marsh and Sproviero earning the assist. A minute and three seconds later Sproviero scored the insurance goal after driving in from the blue line and hitting the mark. Marsh and Helps assisted on the final goal.
Several close attempts by London to even the score, but Jr. Sting netminder Kaden Fulcher denied London with many outstanding saves turning away 34 of 35 shots. Carson Poulin took the loss in net for the Jr Knights made 22 saves.
"Penalties were a factor, we talked about it, if there is one thing we want to address is our discipline has to be better you can only go to the well so often. As I said, I thought the penalty kill was exceptional today and typically the best penalty guy is your goalie and in this case I thought we did a very good job of it. Kaden was solid back there for us but you can only do that so often so we'll learn from that and stay out of the box."
On Saturday Lambton dropped a 2 - 0 loss to Chatham. This was the final game in the series against Chatham and Lambton came out on top with 2 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss against the Cyclones..
In the final game the shots on net reported indicates that Chatham outshot Lambton 44 - 29.
"I thought we played well yesterday too." Perry said "We had a lapse for 10 minutes but certainly the shots weren't indicative of the game. I think the guy with the clip board there was seeing double."
"Their number one goalie (Joseph Raaymakers) played well against us. We had a tough way of beating them and we had some great opportunities but he came up big. I thought out goalie (Nolan Hakr) played well as well, but we couldn't get anything pass their guy.
Both goals were scored in the first period by Phillip Clarke and Ross Krieger.
Lambton is tied for second place with Chatham both with 23 points. After 23 games played Lambton record is 9-9-5.
Next weekend the Jr. Sting travel to Whitby to compete at the annual Silverstick Tournament.
"Whitby Silverstick is going to be a great challenge. We were invited because of our season last year so it's all the top teams by invite. It's good for us to play good competition because it only helps to make you better as well. We get another crack at the Toronto Marlies again. It may sounds nuts but I'm looking forward to it because I like to see if we can narrow the gap from when we first played them in London. (lost 8 - 0) I always look forward to a good challenge so it should be an interesting weekend."