The Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Atoms were in Kitchener over the weekend for the Kitchener Blueline Tournament where they were eliminated in the semi-finals.
The Sting played early Friday morning against the host Kitchener Jr. Rangers and found themselves down 1 – 0 after the first period. During the second period Kaleb Edlington led the Sting with a tying goal with helpers going to Ethan Kerby and Evan Wammes. The Sting found their groove and Wil O’Learly-Dilosa scored the second goal of the game from a pass by Christopher Scott. Adam Mino was strong between the pipes and held off the Jr. Rangers to secure a 2-1 victory. Mino’s strong performance earned him game MVP.
The second game on Friday was a nail biter against South Central Ontario right down to the last few seconds of the game. South Central led the scoring at the end of the first, but an unassisted goal from Blake Butler put the Sting on the board, tying the game going into the third. Another valiant effort by Blake Butler put the Sting up with 3 minutes left in the game from a pass by Ethan Kerby. Unfortunately, sloppy play in their own zone allowed South Central to score with only 58 seconds left to tie the game at 2 – 2. South Central’s tenacious offensive attack was not enough to get another goal past the strong play of Ethan Langford and the game ended undecided. Blake Butler earned the MVP for this game.
The first game on Saturday was another great game for the Sting as they faced the Brampton Battalion. It was a tight first period with both teams coming away empty handed. The Sting finally found the back of the net with a beautiful goal from Blake Butler with the assist going to Cole Houghton. The second period was evenly matched, but with only 2 minutes left in the game Brampton scored a power play goal tying the game 1 – 1. Adam Mino received the MVP and graciously split it with Ethan Langford.
The last game on Saturday was against the Guelph Jr. Storm, and the Sting needed a tie or a win to move onto the semi finals. The first period ended with a 0 – 0 score and was anybody’s game. Wil O’Leary-Dilosa started off the Sting scoring with a fantastic drive to the net getting an unassisted beauty. The Guelph Jr. Storm bounced back with a power play goal ending the second period with a 1 – 1 tie. The third period was a penalty filled battle, but with 39 seconds left on the clock Kaleb Edlington scored a top shelf goal assisted by Tristen Konrad sending the Sting fans into a frenzied celebration. Ethan Langford was fantastic in net, while Kaleb Edlington took MVP honour.
In the semi-final game the Sting faced the Brampton Battalion for the second time of the tournament. The Battalions came out strong from the first face off and scored 2 early goals in the first period. The Sting rallied back and Wil O’Leary-Dilosa found the back of the net with a beautiful set up coming from Nolan Rannie and Tyler Steeves. This ended the second period 2 – 1. Coach Moffatt pulled Adam Mino late in the third for a 6 – 4 man advantage but the Sting just couldn’t find the back of the net. The Brampton Battalion added an empty netter to end the Sting’s tournament dreams with a 3 – 1 loss. Ethan Kerby received the MVP for this game.
It was a good weekend for the Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Atoms playing 5 finishing with a 2-1-2 record. Way to go Sting! Next action is on December 10 at 12:00 against the Cambridge Hawks at the RBC Centre.