The Lambton Jr. Sting made their first visit to Galt Arena this season to take on the Cambridge Hawks this past Sunday. Lambton was coming off a 2-1 loss to the Sun County Panthers while the Hawks were reeling off their biggest game of the year, a 1-1 tie against top ranked Huron-Perth Lakers.
It was very early in the game when it became apparent that the Jr. Sting were going to be a physical force for Cambridge. The Hawks, who were without captain Rewdy Scott, were significantly smaller than Lambton. The play in the first period was thoroughly controlled by the Jr. Sting, peppering goaltender Kailem Chappelle with an abundance of shots.
The scoring got started late into the first period when the Jr. Sting came in on a two on one. Joey Ferrera made the nifty pass over to Cameron Rombouts who buried the puck to give Lambton a 1-0 lead. Both players showed their skills throughout the game with Rombouts showcasing his stick handling and puck control while Ferrera showed off his ice vision and crisp passing skills.
The 2nd period saw fairly even play with neither team getting any significant chances. The teams alternated penalties which led to both teams showing off their powerplay, none very effective. On the Cambridge side, I thought Cooper Page really ran things when it came to the powerplay. Not only controlling the point, Page was also key in directing his defense partner and the forwards to the appropriate spots.
In the third, it was a different tale as it was Cambridge who controlled play for the majority of the period, showing what has led them to close games against top teams in the past couple of weeks. Penalty trouble by the Sting led to the Hawks having their best powerplay shifts I’ve seen them have all season. Both Page and Kevin Quinn were relentless with their pressure.
It appeared imminent that Cambridge would tie the game until Josh Vale went in on a breakaway and put one top shelf on Chappelle to make it 2-0 for Lambton. A powerplay marker by Grant Ramsey cut the lead in half but that is as close as they would come as Lambton walked away with the 2-1 win.
For Lambton, Lucas Knowles played great on the defensive end. He controlled the puck well and eliminated the fore check with long, quick passes that also led to odd man rushes for Lambton.
On the Cambridge side, Chappelle kept the team in the game by making save after save on some tough shots. In addition, Matt Mckerighan played the best game of his season on defense. He was all over the puck and whenever Lambton got the puck down low and behind the net, it was Mckerighan who was the defender tasked with ending the threat.
The Jr. Sting’s win put them one step closer to 6th spot in the league, just two points behind the Windsor Jr. Spitfires. For Cambridge, they lose once again but the positives they continue to show, especially in the defensive end, lead me to believe a win is not too far off.