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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sting would fend off any attack by the Aces and
secure their first round robin victory with a 4-0
been a strong team this season and they have their
minds set on a Silver Stick championship.
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."
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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