The Big Line was at it again as Sarnia Sting Wins Third Straight
By DAVE BORODY
PETERBOROUGH – The big line for the Sarnia Sting was at it again Saturday night.
The threesome of Alex Galchenyuk, Charlie Sarault and Reid Boucher combined for 10 points and figured in all the scoring as the Sting downed the Peterborough Petes 5-2 in front of 2,525 fans.
Captain Galchenyuk led the way with three goals and one assist, Reid Boucher had two goals and one assist while Sarault chipped in with three assists.
The line was coming off a 13-point performance against Saginaw on Friday night. They now have accumulated 75 points over the past 12 games.
“They keep plugging away, don’t they,” smiled Sting head coach Jacques Beaulieu, when asked about the big line. “They are hot right now. Every team in the league counts on one line for about 60 per cent of their offence. These three are a little above that right now.”
Galchenyuk leads the team in scoring with 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points. Sarault has 13 points over his last three games while Boucher has seven goals in three games and leads the team in goals with 21.
“We are working really hard and the chances are there,” said Galchenyuk. “We try and create offence. We are good friends both on and off the ice and that makes a difference.”
“There is good chemistry with the three of us. We are talking on the ice and we try and keep things positive. My 13 points is a product of my linemates. We are seeing each on the ice and we know where we are going to be.”
Last night’s game was closer than the final score would indicate. The teams were tied 1-1 after one period while Sarnia led 2-1 after the second. Peterborough trailed 3-2 with just over three minutes remaining before the Sting scored two late goals, one into an open net.
“They (Peterborough) were a hungry team tonight,” said Beaulieu. “The game we played them in Sarnia a week ago they had some bad luck and got down on themselves. There are some good players on that team.”
Another key factor in the victory was the goaltending of J.P. Anderson. The Sting netminder made several outstanding saves, including three solid stops in the second period when Peterborough held a 15-3 edge in shots on goal.
Overall Peterborough outshot Sarnia 42-25.
“He was outstanding,” said Beaulieu, when asked about Anderson. “He stole the game for us, especially in the second period.”
The teams traded goals in the opening period.
Galchenyuk staked the Sting to a 1-0 lead at 4:11 when he stole the puck from a Petes defenceman, cut in front of the net and wristed a shot between the legs of goalie Michael Giugovaz.
The Petes tied the game at 17:59 on the power play when Alan Quine drilled a slapshot past Anderson from the top of the faceoff circle.
Sarnia was outplayed and outshot (15-3) in the second period, but escaped with a 2-1 lead.
Galchenyuk scored his second of the night on a power play with two minutes to go when his attempted pass out went off a Petes player and into the top of the net. Sarault and Basso drew assists.
Sarnia took a 3-1 lead at 5:51 of period three when Boucher knocked in a centering pass from Galchenyuk.
But the Petes trimmed the lead to 3-1 at 16:57 when Jonatan Tanus scored on a rebound.
But Boucher restored the two-goal cushion at 17:59 snapping home a wrist drive from point blank range while Galchenyuk iced the game scoring into an open net with 53.6 seconds remaining.
The win was Sarnia’s third straight and improved their overall record to 15-11-0-2 in the Ontario Hockey League.
Next action for the Sting is Sunday night when they travel to Oshawa to battle the Generals. Beaulieu expects a tough game.
“Oshawa is led by Boone Jenner, who will likely be captain for Canada’s world junior team. He makes that team tick. Hopefully our kids will respond and play well.
Sarnia is at Saginaw on Thursday night before returning home to host the Windsor Spitfires on Friday beginning at 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre.
The Sting will also be home next Sunday to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds beginning at 2:05 p.m. The game will mark the 15th annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are asked to being a stuffed animal to the game and toss it onto the ice when the Sting scores their first goal of the game.
To date over 39,000 stuffed animals have been collected and all donated to local charities. This year there will be special Sting collector cards given away to the first 3,500 fans in attendance.
There will be also be draws for two autographed Sting hockey stick along with a set of tires.
- Galchenyuk was the game’s first star with Anderson second star and Quine third star.
- Sarnia was one-for-two on the power play and Peterborough one-for-seven.
- The Sting improved to 9-4-0-1 on the road.
- Sarnia has scored 20 goals in their last three games.
- Not dressed for the Sting were Justice Dundas (injured), along with David Nemecek and Jordan Addesi (both numbers).