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Sarnia wins Peewee A Silver Stick in triple overtime
andrew brethauer February 5th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Lady Jr. Sting captured the Peewee A Girls Silver Stick championship Sunday morning, defeating the Oakville Hornets 3-2 in triple overtime.

It was the Lady Sting's second overtime victory of the day, as their semi finals match up at 7:00am against Lucan went to overtime to propel the Sting into the finals.

"A determined bunch of girls, that's what I said from the start," said Sting Coach Marty Swan. "They just never give up."

After a scoreless first period in which both teams had chances to go ahead, Oakville would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the after a pair of goals by Nicole Cherepacha. The Sting would be caught on a bad line change and Cherepacha would put a wrist shot while on a breakaway past Sting goalie Emma McCormick for the 1-0 lead after the second period.


Cherepacha would add her second of the game early in the third, keeping the puck in the zone and sending a long wrist shot on net that would beat McCormick to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead.

Sarnia would respond quickly after, as Selena Dirven would get the puck at the blue line and send a shot on net that would beat Oakville goalie Megan Foster five hole to cut the lead in half.
11 seconds later, Sarnia would tie the game as Marissa Swan would bring the puck down the boards and throw it out front, where in the ensuing scramble, Sierra Burt would get the puck past Foster to tie the game at 2-2.

Both teams would have chances in the third, but the game would need to head into overtime.

In the first overtime, Sarnia had two chances as Aliyah Dalgety and Burt both put shots just wide of the net. The first overtime would solve nothing and the second overtime would produce limited chances as both teams fought through the long game.

In the third overtime, the game would come to a quick end, as 26 seconds into the period playing 3-on-3, Burt and Swan would work a give and go on a 2-on-1, with Burt scoring her second of the game and the championship goal on a wrist shot by Foster.

Sarnia won each of their round robin games by a single goal, defeating St. Marys and Columbus 2-1 each, and Waterloo 1-0. A 6-0 victory in the quarter finals against St. Marys would put the Sting in a quarter final match up against Lucan in which they won 3-2 in overtime to put them into the finals.

"We are a good strong defensive team," said Swan. "We don't allow a lot of shots and we have trouble scoring, but we always just seem to score enough."

Sarnia's victory came on home ice in which the Sting were supported by a supporting crowd.


"It's fantastic to win this tournament, especially in your home town," said Swan. "It is nice to win for them, and for us."

Oakville tied Columbus 2-2, defeated Waterloo 2-1 and defeat St. Marys 1-0 in round robin play. They defeated Waterloo twice more, meeting them in the quarter finals where they won 4-1, and meeting them again in the semi's as Waterloo got in as the wildcard, where Oakville won again 2-0 to head to the finals.




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