Sarnia Sting Bounced Back from Slow Start
After a horrible and slow start the Sting bounced back and took a 7 - 4 win over the Saginaw Spirit at home Friday night before 2,765 home town fans.
The noise level suddenly dropped after Saginaw scored just :27 seconds into the game as Nick Moutrey lead the Spirit with the first goal.
Things quickly livened up :33 seconds later when the Sting answered back with Reid Boucher scoring his first of three goals of the night. Alex Galchenyuk and Charlie Sarault assisted on the goal. But again the Spirit came back and regained the lead at 3:35 and at 10:06 took a two goal lead. Vincent Trocheck and Garret Ross added the goals. But the scoring was over in the first as Boucher scored his second goal on a power play with Connor Murphy and Alex Basso assisting. The period ended with the Spirit leading 3 - 2.
"We got to find a way to get this hockey club to start better because you are not going to dig yourself out of holes like that all the time." said Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu "We gave a pretty strong message to the players after the first and the kids responded." said Beaulieu
In the second Boucher tied the game scoring his third of the night and 19th of the season with Sarault and Galchenyuk assisting at 11:04. Sarnia took the lead for the first time at 16:42. Charlie Sarault scored assisted by Davis Brown and Alex Basso. With just :11 seconds remaining in the second period Brett Hargrave scored what turned out to be the game winner with Alex Carnevale and Davis Brown assisting.
In the third period Saginaw narrowed the gap to one at 6:08 after Vincent Trocheck scored his second of the night for the Spirit. Not to be left off the scoring column Alex Galchenyuk scored his lone goal at 15:28 to regain the two point spread. In the final minutes the Sting found themselves short handed due to a penalty and Saginaw pulled their goalie for the two man advantage but Charlie Sarault got a break just over the Saginaw blue line and shot it into the empty net for the shorthanded goal.
"We hadn't played in five days and we had good practices this week so it was a little surprise with our start but we got through it." said Beaulieu
Sarnia outshot Saginaw 37 - 33 and after a shaky start in the first period J.P. Anderson bounced back and earned the win. Jake Paterson took the loss.
"Reid [Boucher] is getting open and getting his shot off. He's probably got one of the best shots in the league and he's playing with two good players" said Beaulieu
Top scoring line of the night was Boucher, Sarault and Galchenyuk. Boucher and Sarault earned a total of 5 points in the game, Galchenyuk earned 3 points.
"Our lines playing pretty good right now they are finding me in the right spots and I'm just doing my job." said Boucher
"Boucher is a big part of our offence he's got a big cannon of a shot and when I get inside the zone I'll be looking for him" said Sarault
He's obviously a good goal scorer and we got Gally, he got just as good as a shot it's been great playing with those two guys right now and we got good chemistry."
Beaulieu added "They been good, they got six out of the seven and they compliment each other very well. They are one of the best lines in the league if not the best right now."
The Sting are back in action on Saturday night for a rematch with the Peterborough Petes and on Sunday the team is in Oshawa against the Generals.