The Sarnia Sting picked up a single point after a shoot out against the Windsor Spitfires last night in front of 3,013 fans at the RBC Centre.
"It was a typical Windsor/Sarnia game back and forth and everyone is trying to feel each other out with not many scoring chances." said Head Coach Jacques Beaulieu. "They battled hard and played hard they were always in the game."
Windsor took a 1 - 0 lead in the first period with Josh Ho-Sang scoring at 10:24. Just over the midway point in the second Nikolay Goldobin knocked in a loose puck with Bryan Moore and Anthony DeAngelo assisting. Both teams were even 1 - 1 heading into the third.
Sarnia took the lead for the first time early in the third at 1:47 after Davis Brown tipped in a pass from DeAngelo.
Both sides took just two penalties in the game and it was on one of those penalties that Windsor's Ben Johnson scored the only power play of the game to even the score. Time ran down and the game went into a five minute overtime where a winner wasn't decided, thus sending it into a shoot out to decide the game winner.
In the shoot out it took 7 players on each side to come up with the game winner. Windsor first two shooters scored followed by four misses.After Nikolay Goldobin missed the first shot Alex Galchenyuk and Reid Boucher each scored to even the score. Anthony DeAngelo, Alex Basso and Charles Sarault each missed.
Former Lambton AAA player Ryan Verbeek was the seventh shooter for the Spitfires and he beat JP Anderson. The game rested on Davis Brown's shoulders where he missed and the Windsor Spirtfires earned the win 3 - 2 in shootout.
"I was a little nervous, I wanted to fake and go low blocker but it went off the toe of my stick and went a little wide." said Davis Brown
"You can't blame the kids on shoot outs it's a pressure cooker when your on the ice it's no fun." said Beaulieu.
Jordan DeKort earned the win with a total of 38 saves for Windsor. JP Anderson took the loss with 36 saves.
"A little disappointed, it would have been nice to get that win for JP tonight to break the record but he'll get another crack at it on Sunday." said Beaulieu.
Anderson was prevented from winning his 115th career game. Anderson tied the mark set by former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds goaltender Kyle Gajewski (2004-2008).
Anderson is currently in his fifth OHL season having previously played with the St. Michael’s Majors (2008/09 – 2011/12) prior to being acquired by the Sting at last year’s trade deadline. Of the 114 wins he accumulated 88 with the Majors and has won 26 games with the Sting.
Anderson will look for the win to break the tie on Sunday when the Sting hosts the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds at 2:00 pm.
Anderson was first star with Windsor's netminder Jordan DeKort second star and Davis Brown third star.
Sunday's game will mark the 15th annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are asked to bring a stuffed animal and when the Sting scores their first goal heads up as stuffed animals will be flying from all directions. All stuffed animals will be donated to local charities. To date over 39,000 bears have been collected.
There will also be draws for special prizes while the first 3,000 fans will receive a special Alex Galchenyuk collector card.
Kids 12 and under will be admitted for just $5.
Calling the RBC Box Office at 519-541-1717 or going online at www.sarniasting.com can obtain tickets for the game.