The Lambton Junior Sting Minor PeeWee AAA participated in the 2011 Shanahan AAA Warrior Tournament in Toronto over the Nov. 11 – 13 weekend and put forward a strong performance in representing the Lambton AAA hockey organization. The tournament would feature 36 teams from across North America, including 10 of the top 25 teams in Ontario as well as several of the top ranked teams in the United States.
The teams in the tournament were organized into 9 divisions of 4 teams for a preliminary round. Lambton would be placed in a division with the Niagara Rivermen, Hamburg Hawks and Cumberland Junior Grads. Lambton would win their division with wins against all 3 of these teams.
The Sting would get off to a strong start by winning their first game of the tournament by a score of 4 – 3 against the Niagara Rivermen. The Sting would carry a 4 – 2 lead in this game into the 3rd period. Niagara would score a goal with approximately 5 minutes remaining, however the Sting would control possession for the remainder of the game and not allow Niagara to get their goaltender pulled to take the win. In the second game of the tournament, Lambton would come out flat in the first period but solid defensive play would keep the score at 0 – 0 after the 1st period. The Sting would be able to score a 2nd period goal to take a 1 – 0 lead and shut down their opposition the rest of the way for a 1 – 0 shutout win. The Sting would dominate play on Saturday morning against the Cumberland Jr. Grads and win this game by a final score of 4 – 0, to record their 2nd shutout in a row.
With the preliminary round now finished, Lambton would be ranked 5th out of the 36 teams in the tournament. The top 16 teams would advance to the playoff round and Lambton would be matched up with a strong familiar rival from their league division, the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. The Sting would end up losing this game by a final score of 6 – 1, as Elgin would control the play, scoring 2 goals in the final minute of the 1st period and never looked back from this point.
While the tournament would end with this loss against Elgin, the team should be proud of a strong effort. The boys demonstrated that they are a tough opposition, with 3 strong forward lines, 6 solid defensemen and 2 great goalies who will be a force to be reckoned with the remainder of the season.