Sarnia Sting Gave Good Effort in Disappointing Loss Against Knights
Monday December 31, 2012
Before 4,714 Fans at the RBC Centre the London Knights came from behind and took a 3 - 2 win over the Sarnia Sting.
"We played with a lot of energy it was a good buzz in the building" said Assistant coach Trevor Letowski "It was exciting game to be a part of."
Reid Boucher led the Sting in the opening period after taking a pass from Charles Sarault and shooting it between the legs of Jake Patterson and scored. Craig Duininck also earned an assist on the goal. In the second period after several chances at both ends neither side scored. In the third Nikolay Goldobin battled hard for the Sting's second goal at 1:32. Boucher and Duinick earned the assists.
London's first goal was scored on the power play at 5:07 by Alex Broadhurst. Three minutes and eight seconds later Bo Horvat scored for London to tie the game.
Sarnia took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the goal which turned out costly for the Sting as Horvat scored the game winner on the power play at 9:38.
Former Lambton AAA players Ryan and Matt Rupert earned assists on London's goal. Ryan Rupert assisted on all three and Matt Rupert assisted on Horvat's first goal.
"The first two periods they played solid they made a good push in the second and JP Anderson made some good saves. At the intermission there was a lot at stake we knew it wasn't going to be easy." said Letowski "We took a couple of undisciplined penalties that cost us. We had a pretty good effort but it's a real disappointing result."
Sarnia outshot the Knights 25 - 23. Both goaltenders made outstanding saves in the game. Jake Patterson earned the win.
Sarnia went scoreless on three power play opportunities, London scored twice on four opportunities.
"I thought we played ok" said Sting veteran Alex Basso "We did ok with the line-up that we had. It was a big game, the boys were talking about the streak but we are back at it tomorrow so at least we get a second crack at it."
The win gives the Knights their 24th straight win.
The Sting travel to London for the second of the two game home/home New Years series. Game time 7:00pm.
It's a different kind of test now, they were geared up for this one and it was a disappointing result but we got to put it behind and push forward.
said Letowski. "It's going to be even tougher tomorrow in their building they are going to be looking for an easy one."