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Sarnia Jr. Sting Minor Atom MD celebrate first win
special to sarniasports October 26th, 2011

The Sarnia Jr. Sting Minor Atom's played their second road game in three days travelling to London to face the Oakridge Aeros on Monday night. Having tied their first four games of the season the team was very anxious for the win.
As in previous games, the kids came out strong and hungry pressuring Oakridge in their own zone for most of the period. Sarnia was finally rewarded for their efforts at the 2 minute mark when right winger Chandler Haagsma broke in on the right side and fired a sharp wrist shot into the back of the London net. Assisting on the goal were Kurtis Allardyce and Jacob Gould. The lead was short lived however, as Oakridge scored 50 seconds later to tie the game up at ones going into the second.
Sarnia continued their strong forceful play in the second period and restored the lead when right winger Adam Ikert made a beautiful individual rush up ice and did not disappoint as he deked out two Oakridge defenders and put the puck behind a surprised Aeros goalie.
The Sting would take the one goal lead into the third period hoping it would hold.  At the 13 minute mark, Sarnia added to their lead when Chandler Haagsma scored his second of the night sliding the puck into the London goal.  Assists went to Kurtis Allardyce and Jacob Gould. The two goal lead was again short lived as Oakridge fired two quick goals (one powerplay) two minutes apart. At one point it seemed as if the Sting were headed for their fifth straight tie. The boys then settled down and focused on the task at hand.  With three minutes to go in the game and relentless Sting pressure Haagsma scored his hat-trick jumping on a loose rebound and pounding the puck into the net. Cayden Wise earned a great assist on the goal. With dying seconds left in the game Sarnia winger Mateo Troiani secured the win by backhanding the puck from the hashmarks past a sprawling London goalie sending the Sting on to their first win of the season. Alex Newall would get the assist.
At the final horn, jubilation erupted from the Sting bench as the kids congratulated their goalie Ian Stauth on his great performance.
Great "Team" effort was exemplified by all the kids!!  Coaches were very proud!



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