Lambton Jr. Sting defeated the Kitchener Jr. Rangers 3 - 1 on Thursday night in Sarnia to take a 4 - 2 point lead in the 6 point series in Alliance Hockey League action.
"I thought we were fortunate to win." Head Coach Jeff Perry said "We played much better Tuesday than we did today. Kitchener brought a pretty good game at us."
For the second game in a row Curtis Helps opened the scoring with an unassisted shorthanded goal to give the Jr. Sting the lead late in the first period.
"He's (Helps) a work horse." Perry said "He works hard and he jumps to the loose puck quick." One thing about Helpsie he's going to bring an honest effort every game. When you do that you get rewarded for it."
In the second Kitchener tied things up on a power play goal by Mathieu Mercier.
In the third Lady luck was on the side of Lambton as what appeared to be a goal for Kitchener was called off by the officials for reasons unknown and shortly after Alec Dekoning took the puck to the other end and scored unassisted to give the Jr. Sting a 2 - 0 lead.
As time was running out Kitchener pulled their goalie for the extra man but the puck was picked up by Dawson Cook who dumped it into the empty net. Ethan Dupont earned an assist on the empty net goal.
Both sides were even with 25 shots on goal.
Netminder Kaden Fulcher made several key saves for the win that included shutting down a two man breakaway.
"Kaden certainly was large for us in net today, he held us in there and played real solid." Perry said
Anderw Vanwynsberghe also made key saves for Kitchener.
Lambton is in Kitchener on Saturday for game 4 of the series. The Jr. Sting needs the win to end the series, a loss or tie the team will travel back on Sunday for game five.
"Kitchener brought a pretty good game at us tonight." said Perry "I'm glad we got the win but we will have to tighten things up again before Saturday."