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December 15, 2011

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Commitment and Accountability Turning around the franchise in Lambton Shores. Page 5

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December 15, 2011 | Vol. 1 | Iss. 2

December 8th, 2011 - Thomas Moxley’s first period goal brought a shower of hats and mittens onto the ice at the Sarnia Arena as the Sarnia Legionnaires host their annual Woolie Night.

Inside this Issue

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2 Minutes for Un-parentlike behaviour

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From Our Contributors

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Do hockey games need referee’s in the stands to hand out penalties to parents?

Local sports news brought to you by our local news writers

Committment to Winning and Playing Hockey From the Cover: Lambton Shores has turn around year in Junior B hockey

Health and Wellness What you can do to avoid groin pain

A Summit of Sports Sports and Recreation Summit offers new ideas to Sarnia

On the Cover: Brandon Campbell

Did You Know? Brandon Stewart scored the first ever goal in Lambton Shore franchise history. The goal came at the 18:08 mark of the first period against the Sarnia Legionnaires. The Predators would ultimately lose that game 8-5.

10 Before this season, the best season the Lambton Shores Predators had was their first year as a franchise with a 10-35-7 record. Shawn Waldie lead the team with nine goals and 34 assists.

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Refereeing Parents An obscenity laced tirade at a hockey tournament brings back the discussion of parent conduct at sporting events.

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t all levels of sports, sometimes fans can cross the line of what is acceptable behaviour, to what is down right embarrassing. But for embarrassing hockey parents, local sports radio personality Tom Gibson thinks that maybe some rules should be put in place to referee the parents. “Maybe its time that teams lose hockey games depending on how their parents act.” Gibson, heard regularly on Sarnia Sting radio broadcasts, is a hockey dad who like every hockey parent, loves to watch his son play for the Petrolia AE team. But after witnessing what he describe as “so many crazy and embarrassing hockey moms”, Gibson thinks that maybe parents need to sign contracts on how to act and behave while watching their children. He recalls an incident in a recent tournament in which a Petrolia player was sent to the penalty box, and when he left two minutes later, was in full tears due to the profanity laced insults of an opposing hockey mom, who came down from her seat in the stands and berated the child with obscenities. The abuse continued after the game as the parent climbed over the boards and continued to yell at the entire team as they left the ice after a loss. “I had a hard time understanding how someone who was probably in their mid forties or fifties could rationalize yelling things at a 9-10 year old,” said Gibson. “At a Junior A hockey game you pay your $18, and if you want to yell at a kid fine, he’s 19-20 years old. But to go to a hockey game to watch your son or daughter play and feel the appropriate behaviour is to yell and scream at the other kid and call him a loser, I’m astonished.” With the heighten excitement for tournaments and playoffs, Gibson thinks that maybe someone should be in the crowd refereeing the parents and their behaviour. And if parents

cannot conduct themselves in a responsible manor, then they should not be allowed in the building. “Maybe that will smarten up a few parents or at least smarten up some hockey organizations to say, we need to police our parents because they are representing our organization.” Gibson says in Petrolia each team was given a speech before the season directed at the parents on how to conduct themselves. Parents would be given a warning and if the bad behaviour continued on they would be kicked out and not able to watch their kids play hockey. The parents didn’t have to sign a contract for conduct, but is it far from a reality? “Maybe it comes to that where each parent has to sign something at the start of every season that says I’m going to act like a human being and be respectful and if you don’t then sit in the car in the parking lot or stay home.”

What do you think? We would like to know what do you think? Do parents need to be refereed at sporting events and penalties handed out for crossing the line? If you have an opinion or a story to share, please send your response to the editor. Letter to the Editor: andrew@sarniasports.com

”Get used to this phrase: how could both referees have missed that?” - Mike Brophy

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The number of penalties overturned, goals disallowed, players ejected and penalty shots awarded as the result of a ‘parent-referee’ making the call from the stands. This may not be an official stat (and for that we gave it an asterisk) but we feel it has some weight behind it.


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From Our Contributors Making Major Atom MD’s Waves in Heading to the big Sarnia Tournament

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orty-two swimmers from the Sarnia Y Rapids Swim Team represented the club as it hosted a regional swim meet. Two Rapids team members, Liam Fogel, 7, and Kaiden Rawson, 9, earned first-place finishes in their age groups – Liam in the 25M butterfly and 25M freestyle and Kaiden in the 100M Individual Medley (IM) and 50M freestyle. Liam also came 2nd in the 25M breaststroke, and Kaiden added 3rd place in the 25M breaststroke in his group, and 4th in the 25M backstroke. Among other swimmers 7 years old and younger, McKenna Brown, 7, placed 3rd in the 100M IM, and 5th in the 25M freestyle, while Owen Ikert, 7, finished 5th in the 25M butterfly and 25M backstroke, and 6th in the 25M breastroke. Simone Roland, 6, improved her personal best times in most of her events. Samantha Bedard, 9, faced stiff competition among a large group of 8- and 9-year-old girls, placing 2nd in the 50M freestyle and 4th in the 100M IM and 25M butterfly. Mckenna Jackson, 9, finished 4th in the 25M backstroke, while Ciara Brown, also 9, earned a 5th place finish in that event and 6th in the 100M IM and 25M breaststroke. Among the boys, Jack Biggar, 9, came 5th in the 25M butterfly and 25M breaststroke, and 6th in the 25M backstroke and 50M freestyle. Ayrianna Batson, 8, improved her time in the 25M backstroke, while twins Fiona and Hannah Elliott, also 8, swam in their first competitive meet. Evelyn Chambers, Erin Lacey, Ella Roland,

and Olivia Voisey, all 9, each improved their previous meet times, with Olivia taking more than 15 seconds off her 100M IM result. Owen Chambers, and Nik Mukherjee, both 8, and Adam Ikert, 9, competed in their first meet, while Hayden Scott, 8, placed in the Top 10 in the 50M freestyle and took more than 10 seconds off his best time for the 100 M IM. In the largest age group, the 10- and 11-year-old girls, Hannah Lacey, 11, finished 5th in the 100M freestyle and 6th in the 100M IM. Abby Allardyce, Ally Core, Rylynn Haney, Nadine Osmon, Nes Tulang, Thomas Cardinal, and Lucas Piazza, all 10, all improved their times in at least one event each. It was the first meet for Keyan Fogel, also 10. It was also the first meet for Meghan Jackson and Brianna Kita, 11, while fellow 11-year-olds Rachel Dalton, Myléna Vallée, Trista Walsh, and Connor Phipps continued to improve their personal best times, with Trista taking 15 seconds off her time in the 100M IM. Among the 12- and 13-year-olds, Luke Young, 12, earned a 2nd place finish in the 100M backstroke, 4th in the 100M IM, 5th in the 100M breaststroke and 100M freestyle, and 6th in the 50M butterfly, while Hunter Small, 12, came 4th in the 100M breaststroke, 5th in the 100M IM and 50M butterfly, and 6th in the 100M backstroke and 100M freestyle. Zoe Little and Aynsley Persad, both 12, and Francesca Pasqualucci, also 12 and in her first meet, all had strong performances, as did 13-year-olds Magaidh Crossland, and Madison McKinlay.

Victory in Chatham puts the MD Sting on a path to Pelham and the International Silver Stick tournament.

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n Sunday December 11 the Sarnia Jr. Sting Major Atom MD won the Chatham Challenge Cup Regional Silver Stick Atom AE Tournament. In the round robin game one on December 9 the Jr. Sting defeated the Kent Cobras 3 - 1. Scoring for the Jr. Sting was Mat Waun from Tyler Talbot-Ellis and Ian Bailey; Ryan Eyre from Spencer Baillie and Evan Trigatti and Spencer Baillie unassisted. The coach’s player of the game Nathan Abbott and the parents pick was Cole Goosens. Cameron Stevens kept watch over the Sarnia net this game. In game two Sarnia beat the Merritton Bulldogs by a score of 3 - 2. Scoring for Sarnia was Evan Trigatti from Ryan Eyre and Spencer Baillie; Spencer Baillie from Evan Trigatti and Ryan Eyre and Mat Waun from Nathan Oliphant and Kaz Gudelis. The player of the game for the coach’s was the line of Spencer Baillie, Evan Trigatti and Ryan Eyre while the parents chose Greg Ross. Stevie Schaefer earned the win for the Jr. Sting this game. Game three on Saturday December 10 resulted in a 1 - 1 tie between the Jr. Sting and the Waterloo Timber Wolves. Spencer Baillie scored for Sarnia from Ryan Eyre and Evan Trigatti. Cameron Stevens stood between the pipes for the Jr. Sting this game. Tyler Talbot-Ellis earned

the coach’s pick for player of the game and the parents pick went to Cole Goosens. In the semi finals on Sunday December 11, Sarnia defeated the Belle River Jr. Canadiens 4 - 0. Stevie Schaefer earned the shut out for the Jr. Sting while Cole Goosens fired a hat trick and Spencer Baillie added a single. Assisting on the goals were Nathan Oliphant, Evan Trigatti, Greg Ross and Collin Zimmer. Cole Goosens and Stevie Schaefer shared the honors for player of the game from the coach’s and parents. In the final game, Sarnia defeated the North London Nationals by a score of 2 -1. After falling behind 1 -0 Ian Bailey tied the game at 1 apeice from Evan Trigatti and with 50 seconds left in the third Cole Goosens got the game winner. The Nationals pulled the goalie but were unable to get the equalizer. Cameron Stevens earned the victory in net for the Jr. Sting. Ian Bailey was the coach’s player of the game and Aiden Clark was the parents player of the game. The Major Atom Md’s are now qualified to compete in the International Silver Stick Finals in Pelham, Ontario on January 5-8.


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Commitment and Accountability

Midway through the season and the Lambton Shores Predators have already won more games than in any other year.

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ast year, things could not have got much worse for the Lambton Shores Predators. A 32 game losing streak resulted in a 4-46-1 record and only nine points, the most goals allowed in the Greater Ontario Junior B Hockey League, 1392 penalty minutes and 19 games in which the opposing team scored 10 or more goals. And while the Predators have played only three seasons in Lambton Shores since moving from Petrolia, they have only once been able to

get into the double digits in the win column. At the start of every season, all teams talk about having a fresh start, and last year is behind them. For the Predators, they took it one step further. A new Head Coach was brought in from the Junior C ranks, as Mark Davis of the Wallaceburg Lakers took control, and of the eight returning players from the 2010/11 season, only two would find a roster spot on this year’s team.

You bring in fresh blood and they get to know what commitment and accountability means.”

“We went with accountability and commitment,” said Head Coach Mark Davis. “Accountability for what you do on the ice and off the ice, and commitment to the Predators.” Adopting a hard work, never quit attitude in the dressing room, the Predators, though still in the bottom of the Western Conference, have compiled more wins in the first half of the season then they have in any other full year with a 12-17-1 record. And a pair of former Alvinston Flyers’ are helping to lead the new team as Kyle Brothers and Brandon Campbell have played extremely well in Lambton Shores. Brothers leads the Predators in scoring and is 6th in league scoring with 16 goals and 31 assists, with 27 of his 47 points coming on the power play, while Campbell in net has stole wins for the team, averaging 28 saves per game and a .893 save percentage. The two players returning to the Predators from last season are Brendon Merritt and Adam Arseneault, both of which fall directly behind Brothers in scoring, but come together to former the Predators first power play trio that is scoring at least one power play goal per game. It wasn’t going to be a repeat from last seasons, and the differences from years before continue to be noticed. Lambton Shores is the second least penalized team in the West, and not a single time this season has a team scored 10 or more goals in a single game on the Predators. “Every game we were in, we never quit and that was a huge positive point for our hockey club,” said Davis. “We go into every game thinking we can win and knowing we can win if we play real well.” In early October the wheels almost fell off with a nine game losing streak, posing the question if the change in Lambton Shores was a legit move. But a four game winning streak immediately followed and now for the first time in franchise history, the Predators are looking at a playoff spot. And Davis would take it personally if the team were not to see postseason games. “I have never missed playoffs in my 30 years of coaching. That is what we set our goals at this year. We are probably the youngest and most inexperienced team in the league. Other guys can say they have nine guys back or ten guys back. I don’t have that, I have two. For us to make the playoffs is huge. It’s huge for the franchise and the players so they get a taste of it.” And while only two players returned to Lambton Shores this season, 18 players will be eligible next year. It was part of Davis’ plan to build from the base up, and bring in new players while getting the ones out that may have been there too long. “It is unfortunate that we had 12 guys who were eligible to come back and we didn’t get all 12,” said Davis. “We thought if we could build from the base up then in the future it is only going to help. You bring in fresh blood and they get to know what commitment and accountability means.”


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Health and Wellness Groin Pain in Athletes

The risk factors and the recommendations on how to prevent groin pain. By Dr. Jim Forbes

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roin pain is a major issue in almost every sport. However, it is more common in skating sports due to the nature of the skating motion which separates the leg from the body. Groin pain can be the result of one injury or the accumulation of many past injuries. Regardless of the scenario it is wise to ensure that your groin pain is correctly diagnosed and correctly managed. This article will cover the risk factors of groin pain and the recommendations on how to prevent yourself from having a groin injury. If you currently have groin pain, it is best to consult your local health professional who is fluent in manual medicine. Groin pain can be the result of damage to many structures in the hip and pelvis. The most common cause of groin pain are the muscles that are located in the groin area. As well, the pull from these damaged tendons often results in damage to the neighbouring joint near their attachment. This joint is called the pubic symphysis joint and when damaged can present further pain in the groin area.

exercises” that they were doing weren’t really strengthening the core at all. There are 29 pairs of muscles that make up your core, and you should perform 2-3 core specific exercises per day. Your abdominal muscles actually have attachments to your groin muscles. So, working your core will ensure that the abdominal muscles and therefore your groin muscles are stronger. Consult your health professional who is fluent in core exercise principles to find out which exercises are the most beneficial for you. - Groin Muscle Training Once a stable core is built, the groin and hip muscles may now be trained. Begin by simply squeezing a soccer or basketball between your ankles with your legs straight while lying on your back. Hold this contraction for 30 seconds and complete this exercise 10 times each day. Perform the same action but now, place the ball between your knees. A stronger muscle is able to work harder with more endurance. Thus a stronger muscle will not fatigue early in activity and is more able to handle the stresses of your activity in order to resist injury. Pubic Symphysis Joint Damage - Balance Training Risk Factors for Groin Injury Once the groin muscles are being strengthDue to the increasing number of groin in- ened it is wise to work on balance. Balance is juries (especially in hockey players), there has a result of the core, your arms, and your legs been extensive research on characteristics of working in unison to maintain a stable center people who have had groin pain in the past. of mass. This requires a symphony of muscles These are some of the common findings. To be which add to stability and thus help reduce inadequately screened to see if you have any of jury. It may be hard to find an unstable surface these risk factors you should consult your local (preferably a half exercise ball or a “wobble chiropractor who is familiar with preventative board). If you do not have one of these then exercise and pre activity performance screen- you can merely balance on one leg and chaling. lenge yourself to see how long you can balance • Weak groin muscles for. Perform repeated bouts of balancing for • Decreased range of motion of the hip 5-7 minutes each day as this will facilitate the joint. core exercises that you perform with this pro• Weak muscles around your core gram. • Previous groin injury (especially one that - Active Stretching was poorly managed) When a muscle is damaged it is wise to • Involvement in repetitive kicking, twiststretch that muscle in an active yet controlled ing, or skating sports. fashion. Perform this exercise on the edge of a • Improper warm up chair or using an exercise ball. Slowly roll over the ball stretching your grown gradually to the How to Exercise to Prevent Groin Injury point where you feel slight pain then back it off - Core Training to where you do not feel pain. Hold this poThe first area which you should strengthen sition for 15-20 seconds and repeat it 5 times is your core. Everyone thinks that they do “core each day AFTER YOU PERFORM YOUR EXERexercises,” however, not everyone does them CISE PROGRAM as you should never stretch correctly. Begin your core training with simple prior to activity. exercises that emphasize a core contraction - Performance Care while maintaining normal breathing. When I Range of motion abnormalities at the hip show this to patients they realize that the “core and low back can create too much movement

at the pubic symphysis and they must be identified and addressed in any case of groin pain in order to remove the potential cause of the groin pain. Abnormalities in range of motion can initially inhibit performance and eventually cause injury. Therefore, you should consult your health professional who is familiar with treating groin pain and its relative range of motion deficiencies. - Improper Warm Up Failing to prepare your body for activity will result in an increase risk of injury during the initial stages of the game or practice. A warm up should be done to increase blood flow to muscles by performing sport specific exercises that will be performed during the game. Most injuries occur early in the game when players are not physically ready for the task at hand. Next month I will write about the proper warm up and how to turn readiness before the game into results. Conclusion Groin injuries are common in sports, however, they don’t have to be. With the proper advice regarding strength training, stretching, and addressing range of motion abnormalities with proper treatment you can avoid having a groin injury and stay in the game. Preventative strength training is the best way to ensure that you have an injury free season while increasing performance and getting results. Dr. Forbes is a chiropractor in Sarnia who is devoted to providing honest, comprehensive and effective care with special emphasis on sports injuries and preventative rehabilitation. If you would like Dr. Forbes to do a complementary group/team presentation on a topic of your choice please contact him at:


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Left to right – Ian Smith (City of Sarnia), Clay Melnike (Community Sport Council of Ontario), Bryan Chappell, Vicki Praill (Tourism Sarnia Lambton), Sharon Lapier, Rob Kardas (Lambton College), Blair McIntosh (Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Games), Bram Cotton (Community Sport Council of Ontario)

Sports Summit held in Sarnia Organizations and associations gathered at the Lambton Inn for the first Sports and Recreation Summit.

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n Saturday December 10 approx 40 participants representing 14 sport associations and community services gathered at the Lambton Inn for the first Sports and Recreation Summit. The Summit was partnered and hosted by Lambton College, Tourism Sarnia Lambton and the City of Sarnia. Keynote Speaker for the event was Blair McIntosh, Director of Sport for the Toronto

2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. Over the past six years McIntosh has acted as Director of Games for the Sport Alliance of Ontario, having served as Chef de Mission (CEO of team) for Team Ontario at six Canada Games and as Chef de Mission for Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. The Toronto native began his career with 23 years of service in the sport unit of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation before joining the City of London as Director, Sport Tourism.

McIntosh provided insight into the largest event coming to Canada. Organizers expect it will take up to 20,000 Volunteers to help run this event. The Core Objectives of the 2015 games is to deliver the best athlete centred games with sustainable legacies and to ensure that athletes compete in fair and optimal environment that allows them to perform to their full potential. The games Athlete Village will provide 8,000 beds that will be converted into condominiums after the games. The games will provide a Canadian outreach that will draw volunteers from across Ontario and Canada. Other cities will be called upon to provide training facilities for other countries while also providing exposure to other parts of the Province. For more information on the 2015 Pan/Parapan American games visit: http://www.toronto2015.org/ Other presenters were Clayton Melnike and Bram Cotton who both represented the Community Sport Councils of Ontario. They spoke on the development of Sports Councils across Ontario. Sport Councils provides community visibility for sports and partnerships between business and the tourism sector. Sports Councils also assist in community infrastructure development, volunteer and leadership development. Sarnia does not have a Sports Council but the community benefits from Tourism Sarnia Lambton Special Events and Group Market-

ing Department. Coordinator Vicki Praill also was one of the panellists who went over the role of the Special Events and Group Marketing department. One of the key points that Praill mentioned is the ways that the Sport Tourism department helps the local sports associations. Pre-planning, Facility/Housing arrangements, site inspections, information packages and welcome packages are just some of the few services that they provide. Sport Tourism is the top reason why people come to Sarnia/Lambton. Local sport event directors Sharon Lapier and Bryan Chappel were also on the panel to take questions from the floor. Sharon Lapier was the 2011 co-chair of Skate Canada National Adult Figure Skating Championships held earlier this year. This event brought over 800 adults to Sarnia to compete, with approximate 60 Coaches/Team Leaders and 40 officials coming as well. Bryan Chappel is the Director of Sarnia Girls Silver Stick which attracts over 75 girls’ teams each year. Teams come as far away as Texas, and across the United Stats and Ontario. The 2012 Tournament is set to go from Feb 3 5th. The three hosts are planning on holding future summits in the future.


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Coaching Profile Sponsored by Barill & Company

Events in Lambton County A look at the upcoming sports events in and around Sarnia and Lambton County Over the Holidays

December 27 to December 29 Sarnia Minor Hockey Association House League Tournament December 23 to January 1 - Roy Caley Memorial Watford Regional Silver Stick Tournamnet December 26 to December 31 - Alvinston Atom Regional Silver Stick

December 26 to January 2 – Petrolia Silver Stick A,B,C Midget Hockey Tournament

December 27 to December 29 – 11th Annual Tim Horton’s House League Hockey Tournament

January

January 5 to January 8 – Mooretown Juvenile Silver Stick Hockey Tournament January 13 to January 15 – Huron Lakers Girls’ Basketball Tournament

January 13 to January 15 - Forest Atom/Bantam - Pee Wee/Midget International Silver Stick Hockey Finals

Full of Assists

Assists are just as important as goals, and that is the message Point Edward Coach Andy Cadieux is getting through to his players.

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orn and raised in Point Edward, Andy Cadieux is a fixture behind the bench in the Point Edward Blackhawks organization. Cadieux, a former member of the Sarnia Ransom Bee’s Junior B hockey team, is the head coach of the Blackhawks Tyke team, as well as assistant coach to the Novice team. A coach that believes in having fun first, Cadieux uses his own hockey experience to teach the next generation the fundamental skills of the game, while also moving his players around to difference positions, from forward back to goalie, in order for them to learn the entire game from all perspectives. A score sheet full of assists is what he teaches his players. During his practices, Cadieux leaves room to be creative in his drills, while giving his players the chance to take ownership of their own development by deciding on drills and scrimmages.

Cadieux is a father of two boys. Nolan, 7, is in his first year of novice with the Blackhawks and second year with Sarnia Minor Pacers, and Lucas, 5, is in his first year of Tyke hockey with the Blackhawks and is a Paperweight lacrosse player. As a member of the London Fire Department, Cadieux puts in 24 hour shifts, but says he has a good support group that surrounds him so that he can continue coaching, which includes his wife Lisa. “I couldn’t volunteer the time I do with out her unconditional, unwavering support and help,” Cadieux said. “Whether it’s getting the kids to the rink when I’m at work or cheering from the stands, win or lose my boys and I couldn’t do it without her.” Cadieux is also taking on the new responsibility of President of Sarnia Minor Lacrosse as of September, and looks to continue coaching into the future.

January 20 to January 22 - Sarnia Atom/Midget Sarnia Silver Stick International Hockey Finals January 21 to January 22 - Mooretown - Abela/McPhedran Figure Skating Competition

January 27 to January 29 - Sarnia Huron Lakers Girls’ Basketball Tournament - Bantam/Major

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Kitchener Rangers vs Sarnia Sting

Pictured is Kitchener Rangers goalie Brandon Maxwell making one of his 30 saves in an 11-2 victory over Sarnia. A year later, Maxwell is now a member of the Sarnia Sting, while #18 Brandon Alderson is in Sault Ste. Marie after being traded in the off season.



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