Lambton AAA Bantam Wins Series in Game 7 monday march 4, 2013
Hockey at it's best was played before a packed house on Monday night in game seven between the #2 seeded West Division Lambton Jr Sting and the #1 seeded East Division Waterloo Wolves.
With the series tied at 6 points each heading into this game the Jr Sting came out on top with a final score of 4 - 3 to win the semi final playdown series and a spot in the final round.
"It was a great series with both teams." said Head Coach Jeff Perry "We were really evenly matched and it obviously came down to the final minute of a seventh game. A lot of credit to Waterloo."
Heading into the final game of the series the two teams tied game one by a score of 1 - 1. Lambton won the following two games 3 - 0 and 5 - 2 but Waterloo bounced back and won back to back games with scores of 3 - 0 and 4 - 1. Game six the two teams skated to a 2 - 2 tie.
In game seven Waterloo took the lead midway into the first period when Brendan Schneider scored a power play goal for the Wolves. Less than a minute later Franco Sproviero slapped one in to even the scored. Alec Dekoning and Brock Perry assisted on the goal. With 1:27 left in the period Dekoning gave the Jr Sting the lead scoring a power play goal to give Lambton the 2 - 1 lead heading into the second period.
Early in the second period at 2:18 Garrett Schultz of Waterloo scored their second power play goal to even the score once again. Action went end to end for the rest of the period and the score remained the same with the two sides even at 2 going into the third.
In the third action continued back and forth for most of the period until the Jr Sting scored with 1:58 remaining on the clock. Brock Perry took a pass just inside the Blue line and carried it in to score. Sproviero and DeKoning assisted on the goal. After the goal The Wolves fought back and in a bold move the Wolves pulled their goalie that paid off as they went on and scored just :15 seconds later to tie the game. Brendan Schneider scored the tying goal. As the clock was approaching the final minute in the third Alec Dekoning scored the game winner with 1:01 remaining. Dekoning was the top point getter in the game with two goals and two assists.
#15 Alec Dekoning scores winning goal
"It was a roller coaster ride that's for sure" said Perry "A minute to go and we go up then sure enough fifteen seconds later it's in our net then right back there in the final minute. With three goals that late in the game when goals were hard to come by all series that probably not the way I expected it but the fans were pretty happy, it was a good crowd for a minor hockey game."
Goaltending at both ends was outstanding. Kaden Fulcher earned the win for the Jr Sting, Andrew Vanswynberghe recorded the loss.
Lambton now moves on to the final series where they will meet the London Jr. Knights. The Knights finished the regular season in first place in the West Division with a total of 45 points (19-6-7), Followed closely by Lambton that tallied 41 points (17-8-7). In the regular season the two teams met four times. Both teams were even with 2 ties, 1 win and 1 loss.
"We'll let the kids enjoy it for a couple of days then we'll get ready at practice." Perry said "It should be another good challenge, we were even with them all season. It's first team vs second place team overall playing in the final, it's pretty fitting."
The schedule for the next series is not available at this time but will be posted on Sarniasports.com when available.