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Sollen hat-trick leads Predators to victory in first round robin game
andrew brethauer February 3rd, 2012

Point Edward, ON - The Sarnia Girls Silver Stick tournament opened Friday and the Lambton Shores Predators Peewee B team earned their first victory in round robin play, defeating the Troy Sting 5-3.

"I thought the teams played really hard," said Predators coach Jim Sollen. "`When I saw the warm up I thought the other team would have our number for sure but our kids rose to the challenge. They played one of their best games of the season."

The Predators had the lead after the first period despite Gracie Dickerson of Troy having a breakaway chance that she hit the post on. Cassidy Sollen picked up a loose puck in the slot and put a wrist shot high over the Troy goalie to make it a 1-0 Predators lead.

In the second, Sollen would have a chance for a second on a short breakaway but her shot would go high over the net. It wouldn't be long for Sollen to pick up her second of the game, as a second breakaway attempt would be stopped as well, but she would pick up her own rebound and jam it in past Troy goalie Paige Lewand for a 2-0 Lambton Shores lead.

Troy would find a way to fight back into the game, capitalizing on Predator turnovers in their own zone. After a failed clear attempt, Katie Gialloreti would get two chances at the side of the net and the second would get through the pads of Mackenzie Esselment to cut the lead in half.

Minutes later, the Sting would tie the game, as another failed clear would lead to a goal, as Libby Williams would put a wrist shot past Esselment to tie the game at 2-2.

Lambton Shores would control the puck nearing the end of the period, and with under a minute remaining, Madison Van Haaren would throw a pass from the corner out to Holly Shelton in front of the net who would put it past Lewand to restore the Predators lead 3-2.

In the third the Predators would go back up by two goals as Sollen would finish off her hat-trick, picking off the puck at the blue line and sending a long wrist shot on net that would beat Lewand high for a 4-2 Predators lead.

Lambton Shores would make it a three goal lead as Hadley Cornellious would get the fifth goal by Lewand for a 5-2 lead.

Gialloreti would get her second of the game for the Sting after a wrist shot in the slot beat Esselment, but the goalie would have the last stop, as Gialloreti would get a breakaway on a bad Lambton Shores line change, but she would be stopped by Esselment to keep it a two goal victory for the Predators.

The victory is the first game for the Predators in a three game round robin and an important victory, as a loss could eliminate you from the playoff rounds.

"It makes you feel good getting off to a great start," said Sollen. "I'm optimistic that we will do well but I know we are going to have to play hard."

Lambton Shores will take on Waterloo at 3:40 in Point Edward today and finish at Sarnia Arena tomorrow at 1:20 with a game against Waterloo.


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