Major Atom AAA Participated at Detroit Warrior Invitational
monday october 21, 2013,
The Lambton Jr. Sting Major Atom AAA travelled to Plymouth / Canton, Michigan over the weekend to take part in the annual Detroit Warrior Invitational and went 2 3, losing in the semi-finals 2 1.
The team started the tournament facing off against the Kensington Valley Rebels from Brighton, Michigan. The fast skating Rebels found themselves up 3 0 heading into the 2nd period of play. Lambton winger, Jake MacLean would put the Jr. Sting on the board early in the second on a pass by defenseman, Lucas deLorenzo. Unfortunately for the Jr. Sting, that would be as close as they would get losing their opening game 5 1.
Game 2 brought a reenergized team looking for their 2nd win of the season versus the Indiana Jr. Ice. Lambton came out hard from the drop of the puck and kept the pressure on the Jr. Ice defence cycling the puck down low for minutes at a time. The line of Andrew Lemieux (1G, 2A), Ryder Nienhuis (1G, 2A) and Carter Viglasky (1G, 1A) led the scoring outburst in the game. Other point getters included Carson Peer (1G), Nicholas Medeiros (1A), and Nate Highfield (1G). Goaltender, Blake Foster wasnt tested too often but kept his team in the game making some key saves throughout to help preserve the 5 1 win.
On Saturday morning, the team traveled to the Arctic Pond Arena to take on one of the many Detroit area teams in the tournament, Belle Tire North. Once again the Jr. Sting found themselves in a hole early, going down 4 0 before Andrew Lemieux got Lambton on the board with a beautiful breakaway rush, set up by defenseman Connor Nesbitt. Carter Viglasky would score his 2nd goal in as many games from Andrew Lemieux and Anthony Bax but the Jr. Sting could not get themselves out of the early hole, losing 7 2.
Midday Saturday saw parents hovered around their phones and ipads looking for seeding assignments. With their earlier loss to Belle Tire, Lambton saw themselves seeded in the bottom 8 and 14th overall in the Dynasty division and would take on the the #11 seed, the Mississauga Terriers in one of four Dynasty Consolation quarterfinal.
Lambton came out, skating with a purpose, making hard, crisp passes and finishing their plays down low. The line of Carson Peer (2G), Derek Esselment (2A) and Bradyn Santavy (1G, 1A) were unstoppable when they were on the ice. Their tenacious work ethic caused numerous Terrier turnovers down low. Winger, Owen Peters made a beautiful rush down the far side of the ice and roofed his first of the season midway through the second. The Jr. Sting cruised into the semi-finals with a 4 1 victory.
Early Sunday morning saw the Jr. Sting facing off against the Rochester Rattlers in one of 2 semi-final games. In a very closely contested match up, the Ratters would get on the board first, late in the first period. After a scoreless second, Rochester would go ahead 2 0 just 3:47 into the third. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, the Lambton coaching staff pulled goaltender, Blake Foster for a 6th attacker and were rewarded when defenseman, Anthony Bax shot from the point and the puck found its way through the maze of players to the back of the net. Unfortunately, when the final buzzer sounded the scoreboard read Rochester 2 Lambton 1.
The coaches and parents were very happy to see the team come together and get a couple more wins under their belt.
The Major Atoms look forward to a week of practice before taking on the Hamilton Huskies, at home on Saturday, and the Sun County Panthers, on the road, on Sunday.