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Young Canada Week - the First Round
Submitted By sdoherty on Sat 03 19, 16
The PeeWee Scotiabank LL2 entered Goderich’s storied Young Canada Week Pee Wee tournament Friday night at the Maitland Recreation Centre against Central Perth.  After a close opening period that looked likely to end in a tie - the forward line of Joey C, Jensen P and Remi W (G,A,A) lit the lamp with only 28 seconds left in the first giving the team their first point in the tournament.       

After an evenly matched and scoreless second period Central Perth scored with less than six minutes left in the third and, with momentum on their side, the game looked to be in jeopardy.  However the line of Joey C, Jensen P and Remi W (G,A,A)  scored once again with just over two minutes left in the game and re-established the lead.  The Sailors then potted two insurance markers within the following minute-and-a-half on goals by Daerien R (assisted by Jack L) and Spencer W to win the game 4-1. 

Saturday’s early morning contest versus Mitchell promised to be a challenge – the Sailors had played the Meteors twice earlier in the year with a tie and a loss on record.  The Sailors played a solid first period and garnered the game’s first goal (Joey C with assist to Daerien R and Remi W).  However, the Meteors were tenacious - scoring late in the first to end the period in a tie. 

The second period was a hard fought battle but Mitchell had the upper hand in terms of puck control and the Sailors made it through the scoreless period largely due to net-minder Grayson O’s outstanding play.  The TSN turning point of the game was a huge offensive effort from stalwart defensemen Kaleb C who aptly stick-handled around three Mitchell players before dishing off to Spencer W who scored the game winner.  The Sailors - energized from Kaleb’s solo effort - scored an insurance marker just over two minutes later (goal to Remi W assisted by Daerien R) and won the game 3-1 over a tough opponent.

Buoyed from their morning win, the Sailors had confidence heading into their afternoon game against Lambton Shore at the Memorial Arena.  However, this game would be no cake-walk either with the Predators opening the scoring on a goal at the 6:46 marker of the first.  The Sailors rallied back and scored with only 1:21 on the clock to end the period in a tie (goal by Remi W – assisted by Spencer W).

The second period was a penalty-ridden affair for the Sailors who levered off their penalty killers and hot goalie to keep the Predators from running away with the game.  Then – with less than a minute left in the period – the Sailor’s Joey C scored the go-ahead goal (assisted by Cole W).  Unfortunately, the euphoria among the Goderich fans was short-lived when the Predators scored the tying goal less than a minute-and-a-half later - with only 24 seconds left in the second!

To make matters worse – the Predators took the lead scoring a goal early in the third.  Fortunately, the Sailors kept their composure and maintained relentless pressure - eventually scoring the tying goal (Aidan A scored this key goal on a strong individual effort) at the 10 minute marker.  This nail-biter was a back and forth affair with both goalies making their share of big saves.  However, it was the Sailors who controlled the puck late in the game and began peppering the Lambton Shore’s net-minder.  Sailor’s fans were on their feet hoping the team’s efforts would be rewarded. 

Finally, with only 22 seconds left in the game a rebound floated toward Spencer W who faked a slap shot and then uncharacteristically feathered the puck back to Remi W who rifled a wrist shot from the top of the circle that found the back of the net.  I think Yoda should get an assist on that goal because Spencer’s use of the force on that play caught the otherwise solid Predator goalie off guard.  With that - the Sailors won an exciting game 4-3 and now move on to Sunday’s final round.  Well done Sailors! 

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