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Lady Sting Peewee A sneaks away with second 2-1 victory
andrew brethauer February 3rd, 2012

Sarnia, ON - It was a close battle during the opening ceremonies game between the Sarnia Jr. Lady Sting and the Columbus Blue Jackets, as Sarnia would pull off a 2-1 victory in the Peewee A division of the Sarnia Girls Silver Stick tournament.

Neither side would score in the first period despite Sarnia heavily out shooting the Blue Jackets, including two chances by Marissa Swan who was stopped twice by Columbus goalie Ashley Davis, who was forced to come up with big saves early and often in the first period. Davis would keep it scoreless despite being on a four minute penalty kill to end the first period.

In the second period, Sarnia would finally find a crack in the armour, as Leah Williams would pick up a rebound and put it past Davis as she remained down to make it a 1-0 Sarnia lead.

The Blue Jackets could not test Sarnia goalie Emma McCormick often in the period, and went into the third still trailing by one, with limited scoring chances.

In the third, Sarnia would get on the board again, as Marissa Swan would find Sierra Burt in front of the goalie, where she would put a low shot under the pads and put the Lady Sting up by two.

Sarnia would get into some penalty trouble which would turn out to cost them in the late third, as Columbus would cut the lead in half as Sommer Ross would pick up a rebound goal to make it a 2-1 game.

Columbus would try to pull their goalie but the puck remained in their zone and they could not get Davis out of the net to gain the extra attacker, as Sarnia would hold on to the 2-1 victory.

"We showed a lot of intensity," said Sting Head Coach Marty Swan. "We didn't play very well this morning and we knew this team was a good strong hard skating team. Our defence played well and we controlled the puck and we snuck out with a 2-1 win."

Sarnia dominated the play for the majority of the game but yet could not score more then twice as Davis kept the Blue Jackets in the game the entire way, coming up with countless big saves.

Sarnia defeated St. Marys 2-1 in their first game of the day, and now are 2-0 heading into Saturdays game against Waterloo, a team they have played in league play before.

"It is a familiar opponent in Waterloo and we know what to expect," said Swan. "We have won three tournaments in a row, hopefully this is our fourth but it is up to those girls in that dressing room. If they want it bad enough they can do it."


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