Sarnia Sting, Sarnia-Lambton players prep for Saturday's OHL draft, News (Lambton Jr. Sting AAA Hockey )

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Apr 08, 2016 | CVallee | 1701 views
Sarnia Sting, Sarnia-Lambton players prep for Saturday's OHL draft
Sarnia Observer, Friday April 8, 2016 excerpt....
...Meanwhile, local hopefuls from the Lambton Jr. Sting minor midget squad will be keeping a close eye on their computer screens as the event unfolds online while Sarnia's Terry Doyle hosts a live three-hour show available online at ontariohockeyleague.com. Lambton minor midget head coach Jordan Pennesi said to keep an eye on goalie Jakob Knowles and centre Joel Pavey, a pair of 15-year-old Sarnia residents and St. Pat's students who have a shot at being selected at some point over the course of the 15-round event.

Pennesi felt Knowles had a strong showing at the heavily-scouted Battle of the Border tournament, which was held at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre last November. “Even though the scores weren't the best I still thought he played tremendously well,” Pennesi said. “With him his mentality’s the biggest thing he needs to work on, which is fine, he's a young kid.” Goalie coach Mark Phillips, who has guided Knowles for the last five or six years, played a key role in his development, Pennesi added. As for Pavey, the speedster was moved from wing to centre halfway through the season and blossomed. “He's really good in tight around the net and burying the puck, he scored some very key goals for us throughout the year, but obviously as a centreman you have to be able to play a 200-foot game, keeping the pucks out of your net is so, so important these days,” said Pennesi, a 27-year-old Sarnia resident. “His defensive zone coverage came, I thought, a long, long way from the start of the year. And he's just a guy with high passion, he wants to get better each and every single day.” The coach estimated Knowles might be picked somewhere in rounds seven to 10, while Pavey may go in the later rounds. One year ago, Corunna's Josh Barraclough was selected by the Peterborough Petes in the ninth round and went on to play for the junior B Chatham Maroons, while Sarnia native Nash Nienhuis was taken by the Sting in round 14 and skated for the Lambton major midgets before being called up for 10 regular-season and playoff games by the Sarnia Legionnaires.

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