The Lambton Jr. Sting AAA Minor Midgets went 1 - 1 last weekend in Alliance Minor League hockey action.
On Friday it was East meets West as Lambton traveled to Hamilton to faceoff against the East Division Huskies and came home with a 3 - 1 win.
Lambton went up 2 - 0 in the first period with Brock Perry scoring his first league goal and earning his 8th point (7A) of the season assisted by Marco Mini and Curtis Helps at 8:10. At 13:35 Curtis Helps added the second goal with John Fazio earning the assist.
After a scoreless second period Marco Mini's power play goal put the Jr. Sting up 3 - 0 at 1:47 into the third with Tyler Hourie and Alec DeKoning assisting. Nolan Hakr shutout bid was denied as the Huskies scored with less than two minutes remaining. Ry Beattie scored the lone goal for the Huskies.
On Sunday the Jr. Sting hosted Division rivals Elgin Middlesex Chiefs and suffered a 5 - 3 loss.
"We've been inconsistent and we certainly would like to get a consistency factor going here." Head Coach Jeff Perry said "Ultimately it comes down to each individual and we have to be a little bit better."
After two periods of play the Chiefs took a 2 - 0 lead scoring with singles goals in both periods. Tom Mchenry scored the first for the Chiefs and Ryan Van Roestel scored a power play goal in the second.
Elgin widened their lead early in the third on a goal scored by Derrick Johnson. Tanner Harris got the Jr. Sting on the score board at 4:14 assisted by Christian Lyle. Elgin answered back at 8:29 to widen the lead and :20 seconds later the Jr. Sting fought back and scored to narrow the gap. Tanner Harris scored his second of the game 7th point of the season with helpers Curtis Helps and Matthew Stevens. As the momentum continued Curtis Helps scored for his 10th point of the season to put the Jr. Sting within reach with Alec DeKoning and Brock Perry assisting. As time was running out the Lambton pulled their goalie but the attempt was denied as Derek Shaw scored into the empty net in the last minute of play to secure the Chiefs win.
"The one good thing I've seen, having seen every team so far I don't think we are so far off the mix." Perry said "It's just a matter of us correcting some of our small mistakes that we are making at this time that are ending up in big results.
Lambton is listed in last place in the West Division with 10 points. However it is a tight race as the first place team Sun County is leading with 13 points. Chatham, London and Windsor each have 11 points and Elgin has 10.
The Jr. Sting are back on the road on Saturday October 26 when they travel to Chatham with a puck drop at 3:30 pm.
"We play Chatham next, we know they are going to be ready for us after us beating them (4 - 0) in our building. They seem that they have picked up their game too as they had a few good wins recently so once again we are going to have to be prepared for it."
" I know it's an old cliché but it's very true in our league there is so much parity that every game is tough so you have to be prepared because anybody can beat anybody on a given day." Perry added.
On Sunday the Jr. Sting return home to face Huron Perth. Game time 1:00 pm at the RBC Centre.
Notes: For the month of October the Jr. Sting Minor Midgets have been wearing pink socks in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.