Sarnia, On - On Saturday night the Sarnia Sting celebrated their first home win by a score of 4 - 3 in overtime before 3,782 fans against the Niagara Ice Dogs. Craig Hottot scored the winning goal on the power play at 2:16 into the over time period. A five minute and a game late call penalty was handed to ex-Sting player Brett Ritchie for hitting from behind on Craig Duininck. The penality came in the last minute of regulation time giving the Sting the man advantage heading into the over time period. Hottot received a pass from Charles Sarault and took a rocket shot in to the top corner to secure the win.
“We practiced the four-on-three a lot during the week. The kids know what to do. I know the fans want us to shoot more, but we want to move the puck around and be patient. We got it done tonight.” quoting coach Jacques Beaulieu from the Sarnia Sting website.
The two teams were even after the first period with Sarnia scoring the first goal on the power play by Daniel Nikandrov at 12:57. Mitchell Theoret scored for the Ice Dogs at 15:;48. In the second period Sarnia took a two goal lead. Sarnia opened the scoring just :58 seconds into the period by Anthony DeAngelo. Ryan Strome scored the equalizer for Niaraga at 3:48 and Justice Dundas went on and scored at 7:47 to regain Sarnia's lead.
In the third period on a poor clearing attempt gave Steven Shipley the puck up in front of the net and scored to tie things up. Sarnia had a chance to take the lead after Daniel Nicandrov was awarded a penalty shot but was stopped by Ice Dogs netminder Christopher Festanini.
Festanini made a total of 30 saves in the game for the Ice Dogs. JP Anderson turned away a total of 26 in the win.
The Stings penalty kill line did an outstanding job allowing no goals on four Ice Dogs opportunities. Sarnia went two for three on the power play.
After eight Ontario Hockey League games the Sting stand at 4-3-0-1. On Sunday the Sting will host the Ste Ste Marie Greyhounds who currently are in first place in the West Division standing at 6 - 3 after nine league games. Game time is at 2:05 at the RBC Centre.