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Eagles win Midget AA Silver Stick Final
andrew brethauer January 22nd, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Toronto Eagles scored a short handed empty net goal to seal the victory in the Midget AA boys Silver Stick Finals Sunday afternoon, defeating the London Jr. Knights 4-1 to capture the championship.

Toronto would get a quick start to the game as Dillon Lawrence would score in the first minute of the period to give the Eagles the quick 1-0 lead.

The Eagles would add to their lead before the period got out, as Carson Lockhard would put a shot on net that would rebound out to Cruz Portelli at the side of the net for a tap in power play goal, as the Eagles lead 2-0 after the first period.

In the second, the Jr. Knights would cut the lead in half, scoring the periods only goal as Raymond Cruickshank would pick up a power play goal to make it 2-1 heading into the final period.

In the third, the Eagles would be quick to score again, as Lawerence would pick up his second of the game to restore the two goal lead.

With time winding down, the Eagles would find themselves in penalty trouble playing 6 on 3 with the Jr. Knights goalie pulled. With the puck at the blue line, Lawerence would force a turnover, breaking down the ice and putting the puck into the open net for his third of the game, sealing the victory for the Eagles 4-1.

Gianluca Baggetta got the victory in net for the Toronto Eagles, while Jaco Fonti was in net for the Jr. Knights in the loss.

Toronto went a perfect 3-0 in round robin play, defeating the Mid State Mustangs 3-0, the Plymouth Stingrays 4-1, and the Tri Valley Blue Devils 3-2. The Eagles would take in Arvada in the semi-finals and win 4-3 to advance to the finals.

London was also 3-0 in round robin play, defeating the Freeport Arrows 301, the Florida Jr. Panthers 4-3, and the Chicago Bruins 3-1. The Jr. Knights would play the Port Huron Flags in the semi-finals and win 4-2.



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