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The Sports Report - Lambton Minor Midget AAA

tuesday September 2, 2014

For a Minor Midget Player this upcoming season is an important time for them as they enter the OHL "Minor Midget" draft year.  The pressure is on, not only the players but for the coaching staff as well.

Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget AAA Head Coach Jordan Penneis

Former Mooretown Flags Jr. C player turned coach Jordan Pennesi was selected as Head Coach of the  2014-15 Minor Midget AAA team.  The 26 year old Corunna native who made the move from coaching Jr. C to Minor Midget says he is excited about the upcoming year. 

"I'm really looking forward to it." Pennesi said "I really enjoy coming to the rink and each and every night it's getting more exciting.  Just the passion they have that I see that they really want to be here just as much as we want to be here as coaches.

Assisting on the bench with Pennesi is his brother Nick and former Mooretown Flags Assistant Coach Joel Workman.


With the new coaching position Pennesi admits there is pressure added taking on this team in there draft year.

"Definitely a bit of pressure for development wise making sure their on ice conditioning is there and the off ice conditioning is there, eating the right things and making sure they are staying out of trouble."

"But as a coach I want to make sure that they play a team game and not an individual game.  They have to be able to win and lose as a team and play for your teammates, they are not playing for us as coaches. The things we ask them to do is for their teammates and we're there to guide them and instruct them the right way."



In a two game exhibition game series against the Chatham Cyclones, the Jr. Sting came away winning both games.  In the first game the Jr. Sting shutout the Cyclones 3 - 0 in what Pennesi describe a close game as two goals were scored late in the third period.


On Sunday this past weekend the Minor Midgets hosted Chatham and came away with a solid 7 - 2 win.


"Overall I thought it was actually a really good game.  The work ethic was there but discipline wise... that was why they scored the two goals at the end. I think that's one big thing that we got to work on, discipline, staying out of the box is very key."  


The Jr. Sting suffered a total of twenty minutes in penalties, Chatham received six minutes.


"We played really well in each end of the ice and we got our chances to score and we did so.  Offense had control of the game and it was good to see. Previous game we did a lot more work in our own zone but today it was nice to see the puck go in the net more often."


Lambton scored one goal in the first period, two in the second and four in the third that included a penalty shot that was scored by Max Steeves which gave him his second goal of the game.


Other goal scorers were Josh Barraclough who led the Jr. Sting with a total of three goals and singles by Conner Royer and Noah Campbell. 


Earning assists on goals were Max Steeves (2), Jared Pageau (2), Josh Barrraclough, Conner Royer, Fraser Wilson and Jason VanBommel.



Goaltenders Chaska Thiel and newly acquired netminder Austin McLeod shared the duties in the win.


The Jr. Sting will be heading to Toronto for their first tournament this coming weekend participating at the 7th Annual Toronto Titans International Minor Midget Prospect Tournament.


The Minor Midgets competes in the Alliance Hockey League and league action begins on  Saturday September 13 with an away game in Cambridge.  The home opener is set for Sunday September 14 when they host the Waterloo Wolves. Puck drop is set for 3:00 pm at the RBC Centre.


"The most exciting part is knowing they are going to improve and be better as players and better as person in the future." Pennesi added "One of my other goals is making sure they have a fun year, because hockey is the best game in the world, they have to have fun while your doing it."


more game photos can be found http://youtu.be/TuDcBU9mkLk




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