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Lady Sting Midget AA shutout Stratford in Silver Stick opener
andrew brethauer February 3rd, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Lady Jr. Sting opened their 2012 Girl's Silver Stick in the Midget AA division with a shutout victory over the Stratford Aces Friday morning at the Clearwater Arena.

Sarnia played short three players due to illness, but still got an offensive and defensive combined effort from their entire team including goalie Erica Sullivan who picked up the shutout in the victory.

"With these goalies we got we have had a few shutouts this year," said coach John Rawlings. "It really pulls the girls up. It is not just the goals you score it is the goals you prevent and the girls were all chipping in."

Sarnia dominated the play in the first period, keeping the puck in the Stratford zone most of the time, while allowing very few shots on their own goalie. Aces goalie Sadie Nelson stood strong through the onslaught of shots, until Sarnia could finally find a crack in the wall. Marlowe Pecora used her speed to get around the defence and slide a deke past Nelson to give Sarnia the 1-0 lead.

The Lady Sting would get out of the first period with a two goal lead, as with six seconds remaining, Jillian Rops would find Darian Limb on a cross crease pass for a redirect shot for a 2-0 Sarnia lead.

In the second Rops would have a chance to find the back of the net on the penalty kill, coming in short handed on Nelson, but would not get it by the goalie who held her team in the game.

Pecora would have Nelson's number again in the second, as a Sarnia power play would produce a goal as Pecora would walk out from the corner and after her first shot was stopped, she would jam home the free puck in the crease for her second of the game, giving Sarnia a 3-0 lead after two periods.

In the third Pecora would complete her hat-trick, earning her second power play goal of the game after fighting off a defender and putting a wrist shot high over Nelson for a 4-0 Sarnia lead.

The Lady Sting would fend off any attack by the Aces and secure their first round robin victory with a 4-0 shutout.

Sarnia has been a strong team this season and they have their minds set on a Silver Stick championship.

"We plan on going to the finals and taking it too," said Rawlings. "We have won two or three tournaments this year and we are going full head to the finals."

Sarnia will take on Etobicoke tonight at the RBC-2 Centre at 6:35, and finish off their round robin play on Saturday afternoon at noon against Clearview.


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