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Jr. Sting Major Atom`s qualify for Provincials march 28th, 2011

After knocking off the Oakridge Aeros in the quarter finals and the Burlington Bulldogs in the semi finals, the Sarnia Major Atom A/AA Sting were expecting a tough series with the West London Hawks in the Playdown finals. The Sting managed to finish off the 8 point series this past weekend winning game # 6 and claiming the League Championship and as a result will be playing in the OHA Provincial Championships in Timiskaming Shores April 8 -10.

The final series turned out to be a very defensive, low scoring series with the West London Hawks. The Sting would lose game # 1 in overtime with only 20 seconds left to play by a final score of 2 1. Spencer Preece (Dawson Young, Lucas Ross) would give the Sting a 1 0 lead in the 3rd period, but Sarnia would give up a late goal before suffering the heartbreaking loss in overtime.

The Sting would bounce back in game 2, as they have been able to do all season after losing a game and win by a score of 3 1. Jack Smith (Devin Devooght, Jordan Hurtubise) would score the games first goal early in the 2nd period but London would battle back to tie the score at 1. Tristan Haagsma (Jake Vince, Devin Devooght) would score the game winner on the power play in the final minute of the 2nd period. The Sting would play a strong defense first 3rd period and Brett Allardyce would score into the empty net to seal the win.

Game 3 turned out to be another closely played, tight checking game with neither team giving up much in terms of quality scoring opportunities. The Sting would score the only goal of the game late in the 3rd period as Justin Houle (Brett Allardyce, Matthew Torti) knocked in a loose puck in front of the London goal. The Sting would take game 3 by a score of 1 0.

West London came out hard in game 4, determined not to let the Sting run away with the series and would shut out Sarnia by a final score of 3 0. While the Sting would outshoot the Hawks in this game, they would have to settle for a disappointing loss as the series was now tied at 2 each.

In game 5, the Sting were hoping to try and find a way to generate some offensive attack against the tough defensive play of their London opponent. The Sting would have a strong start, but it would be the Hawks who would score 2 1st period goals to take the lead. This tough group of kids would not get rattled and Devin Devooght (Jake Vince, Austin Coutts) would get the Sting on the board with only 7 seconds left in the 1st period to narrow the deficit to 2 1. Early in the second period Dawson Young (Curtis Marks, Spencer Preece) would get the equalizer and the Sting had turned the momentum and now London seemed to be on their heels. Early in the 3rd period Curtis Marks (Lucas Ross, Spencer Preece) would snap a low wrist shot into the London net for the game winner as the Sting would effectively defend their lead the rest of the way and take back the lead in the series 3 games to 2.

In game 6, Sarnia was pumped up and ready to go knowing that 1 more win would give them the league championship and a trip to the provincials. The Sting would get a strong start as Curtis Marks (Lucas Ross) would break free and slap home a low shot on the first shift of the game for a 1 0 Sting lead. London would take over most of the play and score to tie the game early in the 2nd period. In the 3rd period the Sting would finally be able to get some bodies in front of the London goalie and Mac Caley (Matthew Torti) would snap a wrist shot from the point into the London net for the game winner. A few minutes later the Sting would score an insurance goal by Jake Vince (Tristan Haagsma, Devin Devooght) as he neatly tipped in another shot from the point. Sarnia would defend their lead and win by a final score of 3 1 and close off the tough series in 6 games. James Dunn and Max Musico played 3 strong games each in the Sting goal.

Congratulations on your achievement boys. The team has enjoyed many triumphs this season and has certainly earned their trip to the Provincial Championships.


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