Lambton AAA Minor
Peewee faced tough opponents this past weekend
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.
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.
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."