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Minor Atom MD face Bandits
 special to oCTober 9, 2011
The Sarnia Jr. Sting Minor Atom MD's travelled to London to face the Bandits for their first road game of the season. The boys were ready to go and anxious to take some points from the tough London hockey center.

The Black Bandits would strike first as they opened the scoring in the second minute of the first period, on a goal mouth scramble, when the London forward pounced on the loose puck and fired it behind a sprawling Sting goalie. The Bandits would add another, two minutes later on a similar goal closing out the first period with a two goal lead.



As was in their opening game, the Sting showed true grit and never gave up. Early in the second period,  Sting left winger Mateo Troiani took the pass from Adam Ikert and wristed the shot past the Bandit goalie to bring the Sting within one.

 In the third period, Sarnia tied the game on a beautiful individual rush when Lleyton Williams showed his stick handling ability and manouevered around the London defense finding the back of the Bandit net with a hard precise wrist shot. The goal seemed to lift the Sting spirits as they began to pressure in the offensive zone. Their efforts would be rewarded when centermen Cayden Wise dumped the puck into the corner to winger Mateo Troiani who made the perfect backhanded pass which found the stick of teammate Adam Ikert who blasted a shot into the bottom corner of the London goal.


The lead was short lived however, as London tied up the game on a power play when the Bandit forward lifted the puck over the shoulder of Sting goalie Ian Stouth.  Ian had a strong game in goal once again, stopping numerous  London chances to keep the Sting in the game. The final buzzer sounded as the game was deadlocked at  3's.

Great effort and determination was exemplified by 'all' Sting players. A strong performance by Sting defenders as they shut down their opposition on many occasions.  All coaches and parents were extremely proud of the kids.



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