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Lambton AAA Minor Peewee faced tough opponents this past weekend

DECEMBER 14,  2011

The Lambton Junior Sting Minor Peewee AAA faced a tough schedule this past weekend playing the #1 and #2 teams in the West division.  The team fought hard and picked up a win and a loss this past weekend in two closely contested games.


On Friday night, the boys would head to Essex to take on the 2nd place team in the West, the Sun County Panthers and would lose by a score of 3 – 1.  Sun County jumped out to a quick start in this game scoring the early in the first period to take a 1 – 0 lead.  Before the first period ended the Sting would tie the game up at 1 on a goal by Joe Correia who was setup by Jordan Hurtubise and Dante Fuoco. Sun County would score a goal in the 2nd period and a power play goal late in the 3rd to seal the win as the Sting would fall by a final score of 3 – 1.  Josh Bayne would put in another solid performance between the pipes to keep the Sting in the game.


Coming off a tough loss on Friday and short three players the boys has a tough hill to climb on Sunday facing the #1 team in the West, the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs.  From the drop of the puck it was obvious that both teams were ready for a battle. Elgin would get the first goal of the game to end the period 1 to 0. In the 2nd period the Sting came out flying and looked like they had something to prove, they were eventually rewarded with the first goal of the second period as Nolan Farr slid a shot between the legs of the Elgin goalie, the goal was assisted by Dante Fuoco and Alec Trusler.  The game would go into the 3rd period tied at 1.


Early in the third period the Sting took a 2 to 1 lead by capitalizing on a shot from Jake Vince that took a hard bounce behind the net and bounced back in front where Nolan Farr was able to tuck the puck into the net.  Elgin was pressing to score but the boys did not give up and while on the power play they were rewarded with a third goal to take a 3 to 1 lead on a point shot from Jordan Hurtubise that was tipped by Matthew Torti and then buried by Dante Fuoco.  Late in the 3rd period the Sting found themselves in penalty trouble and Elgin was able take advantage on a 5 on 3 power play and score to close the gap to 3 to 2.  The Sting dug deep and were able to kill the remaining penalty and a few other penalties late in the 3rd period.  With about a minute left in the period Elgin pulled their goalie but could not get the equalizer and the game ended 3 to 2 – a very big win for the Sting.  Honorable mention to our goalie Jakob Knowles who was instrumental in our win including making two key breakaway saves in the 3rd period against 2 of the league’s top scorers.


Comments from the coach:

"This was the best TEAM effort that I have witnessed this season. The key to our success for the remainder of the season remains "CONSISTENCY" in our game. We need to REPEAT this type of team effort over and over again. At the same time, we need to continue our path to be more disciplined in applying our team systems (both offensively and defensively) to minimize breakdowns that cost / could cost goals against and maximize our scoring chances / goals for at the other end of the rink. Finally, we need to our best to stay out of the penalty box. Giving this many Power Play opportunities to good teams like Elgin is very dangerous and has and will end up costing us in tight game like this one."



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