The Sting were back in action after the Christmas break and took a 3 - 2 loss against the Brampton Battalion in front of 3,237 fans at the RBC Centre.
"A little sloppy in the second period. " said Sting Coach Jacques Beaulieu "The kids got to get ready like Charlie Sarault was. I thought he was the best player on the ice from the puck drop to the end of the game."
The Sting got off to a great start and scored the first goal just :18 seconds into the game. The goal was scored by Charlie Sarault who took a pass from Reid Boucher and banged in his twelfth goal of the season. The Battalion tied things up at 14:50 with Mike Amadio scoring.
In the second period Blake Clarke gave Brampton the lead at 16:05 after a backhand shot from a scramble in front of the net. Clark would widen the lead scoring his second goal just over two minutes later at 18:32 after being left in the open outside the goal mouth and picked up a rebound and scored.
Reid Boucher scored his 26th of the season at 10:50 into the third to come within one. Sarault earned the assist on the goal. Boucher had a couple of opportunities but was denied by the help of the crossbars. In the final minutes the Sting pulled Anderson for the extra man but were unable to even the score.
"We got a few chances either we just missed or they made a good play on us." said Reid Boucher. "I made a couple of good shots but it just didn't go in for me. That breakaway on the penalty kill, I wish I had that one back."
Jake Smith earned the win for the Battalion turning away 24 shots. JP Anderson took the loss making a total of 32 saves.
"I didn't like the way our second or third or fourth line played I thought they were non existent in the game." said Beaulieu
"We can't have that although Brampton had all their forwards in the lineup tonight they played pretty, I can't take that away from them but I thought everyone would have gotten ready like Charlie Sarault did and we would have gotten two points tonight."
The Sting were missing four regulars in the game with Alex Galchenyuk, Nick Latta and Connor Murphy playing at the World Junior Championships in Russia and Brett Hargrave in Quebec at the Under 17 World Challenge.
In the line up wearing number 93 was newly acquired defenceman Taki Pantziris from the Guelph Storm. Also in the line up to help out was Matteo Ciccarelli from the Lambton Predators.
Sarnia are now 20 - 12 - 0 - 3 for the season and are in top spot in the West Division and in second place in the Western Conference.
The Sting will be back on the ice on Monday for the first of two home/home games against the London Knights. The Knights will be in Sarnia New Year's Eve for a 4:00 pm start then the two teams will meet New Years Day at 7:00 pm in London.
London is on a win streak and currently they have 22 wins in a row.
"Yeah it's a big goal of ours in the locker room, we really want to be the team to end it." said Boucher when asked about ending the streak.
"We love to do it" said Beaulieu. "They are a very good hockey team even with two guys gone from their defence they are still very good. We'll have our hands full with those guys. It's going to be some exciting hockey and we are almost sold out for Monday night so it will be a lot of fun."
Tickets for Monday’s game are on sale at the RBC Box Office, or by calling 519-541-1717 or online at www.sarniasting.com .