The Lambton Jr. Sting Major Atom AAA team took the road last weekend playing some tough competition from the East.
On Saturday, the Jr. Sting travelled to Kitchener to take on the Jr. Rangers. The game was fast paced and both teams were looking to get on the board early. After a very evenly matched first period, the teams began the second knotted at zeros. However, Kitchener found their legs in the second and outshot Lambton 21 – 3. The superb play of goaltender Kaden Gray kept the Jr. Sting in the game allowing just 1 goal, on the powerplay, on the 21 shots he faced in the period. Lambton continued to struggle in the 3rd allowing 2 more goals before Andrew Lemieux banked in a rebound off the end boards from Nicholas Medeiros and Wesley Brooks on the powerplay. Kitchener would strike back with 2 more late in the period, winning 5 – 1. Kaden Gray was stellar in the pipes throughout the game turning aside 53 of the 58 shots he faced.
On Sunday, Lambton travelled to Cambridge to take on the Hawks. Cambridge came out flying from the drop of the puck and controlled most of the play in the first period. It took them until the 2:23 mark of the first to get their first puck past goaltender, Blake Foster on a tip shot from the point. Once again, the Hawks controlled the play most of the second but it was Lambton who would score the only goal of them period when centre Derek Essselment buried a rebound from winger Andrew Lemieux. The third period was pretty evenly matched but Cambridge would once again get a goal from a tip from the point to take the game 2 – 1. Although Cambridge controlled most of the play throughout the game, the Jr. Sting played phenomenal defensively allowing very few shots down low. Foster played strong in net turning aside 35 of the 37 shots he faced.
Lambton takes on the Waterloo Wolves at home on Saturday and are once again on the road on Sunday taking on their divisional and 402 rivals, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.