The Northern Vikings defeated the St. Patrick's Fighting Irish 4 - 2 Wednesday night and claim the Lambton Club in the final LSSAA Boys Hockey game before a large crowd at the Sarnia Arena.
This was Northern's 7th Cup win in the history of the Lambton Cup. (history of the cup)
"That was a great game to be behind the bench to watch, and see both teams going at it hard for the City Championship." Northern Head Coach Joe Bronzi said
Northern took a 2 - 0 lead after the first period. The first goal was scored on the power play by Kolton Knott assisted by Braedon Szeusz and Dillon Saunders and the second was scored by Blaine Adams assisted by Liam Wright.
The Irish battled back and in the second Ethan Dupont scored from Franco Sproviero and Bert Thorpe and early in the third Matt Doidge tied things up with Bert Thorpe and Adriano Fuoco assisting.
"We knew that when we had a 2 - 0 lead that they would be coming back and they had us on our heals in the second period." Bronzie said "
Action continued and with 5:32 left in the game Max Steeves caught the loose puck and scored what turned out to be the game winner on the power play with Kyle Adams assisting. In a last minute effort St. Patrick's pulled their goalie and just as the final buzzer sounded Zach Lewis scored. Netminder Riley Collins earned the assist on the final goal.
"We played a system that the boys bought into and we shut down their speed and shutdown their driving hard to the net." Bronzie said
St. Pat's outshot Northern 32 - 20.
"I thought our boys were just as good and deserving to be champions as Northern." Head Coach of St. Patrick's said "I don't want to take anything away from them they played a heck of a game. Shots on goal reflect something and we outshot them significantly. They played two highly emotional games one week after another. They were the underdogs for most of the year and we swept into the playoffs but even though the record show they proved it the last two games."
Riley Collins in net for Northern made a total of 30 saves, Noah Melanson made 17 saves for St. Patrick's.
"We have three goalies on our roster, Riley Collins was in net tonight and he was outstanding, he was absolutely outstanding in net for us today." Bronzi said
Northern will now compete in SWOSSA against Chatham for the AAA/AAAA division and SCITS who finished the highest ranked AA divisional team will compete against Dresden. Both games will be played in Sarnia. Time and Dates to be announced.