Jul 12, 2010 | dslipacoff | 1502 views
Welcome to the 2010-2011 Season!
View From the Bench
by Doug Slipacoff
'95 Lambton Sting go Undefeated at Alliance OHL Showcase in Stratford
The Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget AAA hockey team travelled to Stratford on the weekend to participate in the Alliance OHL Showcase and turned in a stellar weekend by going undefeated, earning 4 wins.
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In their first game Friday night, Lambton earned a 6-3 W over the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. Despite a slow start and some inconsistent play in their own D-zone, the team was able to battle back with good systems play, timely scoring and excellent special teams play. Player of the Game honours went to Corey Pawley.
Saturday's game began with another slow start out of the gate. Despite trailing by two goals at the end of the first period, an aggressive forecheck and some good physical play helped the team pull out a 4-3 decision over the London Jr. Knights Green team. Kirk Dorman was named Player of the Game.
Sunday morning saw the Sting turn in their best first period of the weekend and cruise out to an early three goal lead as they never looked back and skated to a 5-1 win over a tough Brantford team. Great team discipline and contributions from all players led to an outstanding win. Goaltender Joel Sowinski was named game MVP.
On Sunday afternoon the Sting put their three game winning streak on the line versus the Cambridge Jr. Hawks. Despite blowing an early first period lead, the two teams battled back and forth in what proved to be a very entertaining game. In the end, hard work and perseverance paid off as the boys outlasted Cambridge for a hard-fought win 7-4. Corey Pawley earned Player of the Game honours.
Despite some early season struggles at the Toronto Titans Tournament and some growing pains as the players adjusted to a new coaching staff, we couldn't be more pleased with the outcome this weekend at the Showcase. The entire team stepped up to the challenge and elevated their game to new levels. From solid goaltending to a tough defensive zone and great offensive play, the heart and determination shown was a big jump in the right direction. We have shown ourselves capable of playing with and beating any team in our league. Keep focused on our team goals. As we continue to improve each day it is the attention to little details that will carry us forward. Continue working hard at practice, putting in the time outside the arena to improve, and we look forward to more great results.
Let's keep the momentum headed in the right direction this week for the Tim Horton's Tournament in Hamilton on the weekend.
Congratulations again to all on a fantastic weekend.