The Lambton Jr Sting AAA Minor Midgets hockey team competed at the 6th Annual Toronto Titans International Minor Midget Prospect Tournament this past weekend.
In regular pool action the team ended up in first place in their division by going undefeated with a record of 4 - 0. The Jr Sting then went to the playoff round and in a close game lost in overtime.
"They were all high end teams basically from Ontario and US teams." Head Coach Jeff Perry said "I thought in the measuring stick it was a good start for our hockey club being 4 - 1 and the one loss being an over time loss. In the end I thought our team competed great against the top teams in Ontario."
Action began on Thursday with a 2 - 0 win against the Buffalo Saints. After a scoreless first period Brock Perry scored the first goal in the second assisted by Dawson Cook and Christian Lyle. The second goal came in the third period with Lyle scoring assisted by Eric Marsh and Perry picking up the assists. Netminder Kaden Fulcher earned his first shutout for the Jr Sting.
On Friday the Jr Sting went up against the North Central Predators and took their second 2 - 0 shut out win. Both goals were scored in the first period with Curtis Helps scoring first assisted by Franco Sproviero and Alec DeKoning. Less than a minute later Marco Mini nailed the second goal with John Fazio earning the assist. Nolan Hakr picked up his first shut out of the season in net for the Jr Sting.
In the second game of the day, third of the tournament the Jr Sting met the Peterborough Fitzsimmons Petes and came away with their third shut out win by defeating the Petes 3 - 0. After a scoreless first period John Fazio from Franco Sproviero and Brock Perry scored in the second to go up 1 - 0 heading into the third. In the third David Norris scored the second goal midway into the period with Alec DeKoning picking up an assist.
Brock Perry capped it off scoring the final goal unassisted. Kaden Fulcher in net earned his second shutout in the tournament.
On Saturday morning the Jr Sting edged out the Toronto Red Wings with a final score of 3 - 2. Midway into the first period the Jr Sting lit up the scoreboard first on a goal scored by Matthew Stevens unassisted. The Red Wings came back less than three minutes later and the score remained tied at 1 - 1 heading into the second. The Red Wings scored the only goal in the second to take a 2 - 1 lead heading into the third. The Jr Sting battled back after the break and Ethan Dupont scored the tying goal unassisted at 1:04 into the period. Six minutes later Alec Dekoning scored what turned out to be the game winning goal assisted by Dawson Cook. Netminder Hakr also earned his second win of the tournament.
With the undefeated record the Jr Sting earned a spot in the playoff round where they met one of the top teams in Ontario, the Southern Tier Admirals from the Welland area who were ranked 4th in Ontario last season. After a scoreless first period Lambton took a 1 - 0 lead in the second period on a power play goal by Brock Perry assisted by John Fazio and Alec DeKoning. The Admirals tied things up in the third period and regulation time ended with both sides even with 1 goal each that sent the game into overtime where the Admirals capitalized on a power play and scored to take the win.
"The goaltending and team defensively played so well it was nice to see." Perry said "I thought our goal tenders came up big for us when called upon and for the most part we did a very good job keeping the scoring chances to a minimum as well. We ended up with the lowest goals against which was nice. It certainly starts from your goalie out but that's kind of the way that our team has been successful in the past and will continue to be successful by playing defence first."
Kaden Fulcher took the loss in the final game. Both Fulcher and Nolan Hakr allowed just two goals each throughout the tournament.
"All in all it was a great weekend and if that is any indication of what lies ahead it should be exciting season." Perry said.
The Minor Midgets begin their Alliance hockey league season with an away game against the Huron Perth Lakers on Friday September 13 then return home on Sunday September 15 for a 1:00 pm game hosting the Brantford 99ers.