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Minor Atom's settle for tie
submitted to October 2nd, 2011

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Jr. Sting Minor Atom MD's opened their season on home ice on Saturday October 1st. with eager anticipation and high expectations. The team's first opponent were the strong North London Nationals.

Both teams started quick out of the gate looking for the first opening goal of the season. Strong defense and goaltending prevailed in the period keeping the game deadlocked at zero.

The Jr. Sting would finally open the scoring early in the second when Kurtice Allardyce would take the pass from Jacob Gould and find his way around the London defense to slot the puck in the open corner of the net. As usual in hockey, the one goal lead is sometimes short lived as the Nationals would tie the game 20 seconds later. London would add two more quick goals to take a commanding 3 - 1 lead.

The Sting showed true grit and determination to begin the comeback. Chandler Haagsma would put Sarnia within one on a beautiful unassisted goal half way through the second period. London would retain the two goal lead scoring quickly once again after the home goal. Sting winger Leyton Williams would add another goal a minute later to put Sarnia within reach. The goal was assisted by Connor Antosiak and Kristian Spitzig.

At the start of the third period, The Minor Atom Sting found themselves trailing 4 - 3. The Jr. Sting maintained relentless pressure forcing play in the London zone for most of the action. The aggressive forechecking was eventually rewarded as Kristian Spitzig scored a shorthanded goal assisted from Quinn Schmidt and Connor Antosiak. Seven minutes later Spitzig scored his second of the game putting Sarnia ahead by one.

Again, the lead was lost as London tied it up 15 seconds later. Sarnia continued pressure but had to settle for the tie. Ian Stouth stood tall in goal for the Jr. Sting making key saves when needed. Next action for the Sting is Monday October 3rd. in London facing the Bandits.


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