The Sting head into the holiday break with their second win on the weekend after skating to a 7 - 4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs before 3,197 fans at the RBC Centre.
The Sting are now 20-11-0-3 and are in first place in the West Division and second overall in the Western Conference.
"We are happy with 20 wins." said Sting Head Coach Jacques Beaulieu. "We had a lot more talent on this team last year and we had the same record at the break so we're pretty happy with the way these kids are playing."
The Sting took a 2 - 1 lead in the first period after Nikolay Goldobin opened the scoring at 6:05. Alex Galchenyuk was on fire on this night as he scored the first of three at 15:22 on a shorthanded goal. Assisting on the shorthanded goal was Daniel Nikandrov and Netminder JP Anderson. Kingston answered back on the power play at 16:00 with Jean Dupuy scoring.
In the second period Sarnia and Kingston went back and forth in a series of goals with Sarnia scoring first at 1:19 by Alex Galchenyuk who scored his second of the night with Charles Sarault and Alex Basso assisting.
Kingston came back and scored at 3:29 after a scramble in front of the net by Samuel Schutt. Reid Boucher scored his first goal of the night at 7:38 after receiving a perfect long pass up the middle from Jack Kuzmyk and then skated in beat Kingston netminder Mike Morrison. Josh Capman was also credited with an assist on Boucher's goal.
At 10:02 Kingston scored their third of the night by Spencer Watson on another goal mouth scramble. At 11:08 Boucher scored his second goal assisted by Charles Sarault and Galchenyuk.
The period ended with Sarnia leading 5 - 3.
In the third at 5:59 Galchenyuk scored his third which fans helped celebrate tossing their hat's onto the ice. Boucher made the pass to Galchenyuk in front to earn the assist. After a missed penalty shot by Nikolay Goldobin, Connor Murphy fired the hamburger goal from the blueline at 7:54 to give Sarnia their 7th goal of the night. Galchenyuk and Sarault assisted on the goal. The final goal of the night was scored by Kingston at 15:08 by Sam Bennett.
Sarnia outshot Kingston 36 to 24. JP Anderson earned the win and increased his career high record to 117. Mike Morrison went two periods for the Frontenacs making 16 saves on 21 shots. Colin Furlong replaced Morrison in the third making 13 saves on 15 shots.
Sarnia went 0 for 4 on the power play, Kingston went 1 for 5.
Alex Galchenyuk earned a total of 5 points on the night.
"We scored more than them and we won the game so that's what matters." said Galchenyuk "Definitely happy but we know it's our job to produce and we know if we don't produce it will be tough to win the games."
Galchenyuk along with Connor Murphy are now heading to New York to join Team USA for the World Junior Tournament in Russia beginning on Boxing Day.
"I never been to World Juniors before and I definitely excited, I know it will be a challenge for me and I'm looking forward to it" said Galchenyuk.
Linemate Charles Sarualt earned his 200th career point and still counting after his three points earned in the game. Sarault also earned three points with two goals and an assist.
The Sting will now take a break for the holidays until December 28th when they host the Brampton Battalion at 7:05 pm. On December 31 they will host London in their annual New Years Eve match at 4:00 pm then on New Year's Day they travel back to London for their first game of the year beginning at 7:00pm.
As the January 10th trade deadline is getting Beaulieu will be working over the break.
"I've been thinking about trades a lot." said Beaulieu "I'll sit down and evaluate and go through our depth charts and see what we have coming up for the next year and year after.
"We really want to put a strong bid for the Memorial Cup, not this time around but the next time around we want to be very involved and put a strong bid. You have to have a strong team for a strong bid and that's my job to build that team for 2016 - 17 so we'll see what happens."
Before the game began the Sting paid tribute to Doug Gilmour who played for the Cornwall Royals, the franchise that was moved to Newmarket in 1992 then to Sarnia in 1995. Gilmour continued his career and played in the NHL and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Today he is the General Manager of the Kingston Frontenacs.
Galchenyuk was first star with Boucher second and Basso third star.
ALL Fans are reminded to take their tickets to Harvey's for their 7th goal free hamburger. (Sarnia locations only)