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Sarnia Sting Played Solid in Win over Guelph

Saturday December 15, 2012

Wearing there third jerseys for the first time in front of 2,866 fans the Sting defeated the Guelph Storm 4 - 2 in Ontario Hockey League action.

"I liked the way we played today, probably one of the best 60 minutes of hockey we played so far this year." said Sting Coach Jacques Beaulieu  "Right from the puck drop they were ready to go and we didn't allow a shot until the 10 minute mark for the first period.  We had control, we were very patient in the neutral zone and I thought kids battled and I was really happy with the way they played."

The Sting was first to score on a power play at 19:12 after Reid Boucher took a shot from the left side of the net that found the opening as Alex Galchenyuk and Charlie Sarault looked on. Anthony DeAngelo and Charles Sarault earned assists on the goal.

The lead was short lived as Guelph scored just :37 seconds later at 19:49 with Robby Fabbri scoring. 


In the second Galchenyuk scored the Stings second power play goal at 2:13.  Sarault and Alex Basso assisted on the goal.  Late in the period at 19:33 Sarault scored what turned out to be the game winner assisted by Galchenyuk and Boucher.

"That line is good, they are very good" said Beaulieu "But I also liked how the secondary lines played today, even the Addesi [Jordan] line gave us some energy and they didn't get scored on today. There're young but I thought they were good you can see those kids coming."

Third period Alex Galchenyuk scored his 24th of the season at 8:49 after deflecting Conner Murphy's shot from the point.  Sarault also earned his third assist of the night on the goal.

"We played some good teams and we are coming into the break tired, but tonight our line is clicking again and it was good" said Sarault

The final goal of the night was scored by Guelph with Matt Finn scoring on a five on three power play at 19:38.

Guelph outshot the Sting 33 - 27.  JP Anderson who was honour at tonight's game for breaking the record with his 115th win last Sunday against Sault Ste Marie was again solid in net for the Sting and earned his 116th win of the season.

"We were tight in our own zone and I thought our D move the puck real well and made some good decision" said Beaulieu "And we can't forget how well JP plays the puck back there, it's like having another defenseman and I thought he was outstanding tonight playing the puck.  I thought he made real good decisions and it's like having an extra guy out there."

Anderson was also named the CHL Goaltender of the week for his record setting career wins.

The Sting are now 19 - 11 - 0 - 3 for the season and have accumulated 15 points in their last eight games and look to earn win number 20 on Saturday when they host the Kingston Frontenacs at 7:05 at the RBC centre.

Sarault was selected first star of the night along with Galchenyuk second star and Anthony DeAngelo third star.

Craig Hottot has been traded to the Mississauga Steelheads for a third round pick in 2013 and a sixth round pick in 2015.

Doug Gilmore, former Toronto Maple Leaf Captain and General Manager of the Kingston Frontenacs will be honoured at Saturday's game.







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