The Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget AAA season came to a halt on the weekend after losing two straight games to Huron Perth Lakers in the best of three series in Alliance Playoff hockey action.
"It's a disappointing finish but ultimately when you look at the big picture as a coach I'm proud of our group." Head Coach Jeff Perry said "The kids worked extremely hard all year."
On Saturday the Jr. Sting traveled to Stratford and lost 5 - 2. The Jr. Sting took the 2 - 0 lead after the first period with David Norris from Alec DeKoning and Franco Sproviero scoring the first goal and Ethan Dupont from Curtis Helps and Sproviero assisting on the second.
Second period the Lakers scored two goals to tie the game then in the third the Jr. Sting ran into penalty troubles and Huron Perth scored two power play goals. The final goal of the game was scored by the Lakers shorthanded.
Liam Melady led the Lakers in scoring one power play goal and the shorthanded goal and singles by Holdyn Lansink, Keenan Conlon and Jared Nash (PP).
The Lakers outshot Lambton 23 - 21. Jr. Sting netminder Nolan Hakr made 18 saves, Brandan Bean made 19 saves for the win.
In game two on Sunday at the RBC Centre the Lakers took the win with the same score as Saturday, 5 - 2. The Lakers went up 2 - 1 after the first period with both goals scored by Jared Nash. Curtis Helps scored the final goal of the period on a power play with Alec DeKoning and Franco Sproviero assisting.
In the second period the Lakers added three goals the first by Shaun Pickering shorthanded then followed by Holdyn Lansink and Jon Baker. Alec DeKoning scored the final goal for the Jr. Sting shorthanded.
In the third period neither side scored and the Lakers won the series and will move on to the Final Playoff Round.
Huron Perth outshot Lambton 34 - 19. Netminder Kaden Fulcher made 29 saves for the Jr. Sting, Wyatt Nicholson earned the win with 17 saves.
"We were one game short (in playdowns against Kitchener) our goal was to get to the OHA Cup." Perry said "When you look back at the series we had an opportunity if we had one more win we would have achieved what we wanted to. So when you put it in the big picture it's not a season loss it is just a disappointing finish."
With the playoffs over the team plans on playing in two or three exhibition games.
"The kids want to keep going." Perry said "I enjoyed working with them and we'll continue to do that and hopefully some of these kids will have the privilege to be picked in the OHL draft the first week of April or the opportunity to play at higher level as they move on in their hockey career."