Sarnia, On - The Sting made it four in a row on Sunday afternoon after defeating the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 - 1 at the RBC Center before 3,470 fans.
The Sting outshot the Greyhounds 42 - 13 and were stymied by rookie goaltender Justin Nichols who was playing in his first Ontario Hockey League game. The St. Catharines native turned away 39 of 42 shots and the score would have been higher if not for Nichols.
"We got a lot of pucks at the net you got to give the kid (Nichols) in net credit for his first OHL start, looks like he has a bright future ahead of him." said Head Coach Jacques Beaulieu.
Nichols outstanding performance earned him the first star of the game.
The first goal of the game for Sting came at 7:18 with Nikolay Goldobin roofing it stick side over Nichols. Alex Galchenyuk and Craig Hottot assisted on the goal. In the second period and with a minute and thirty one seconds off the clock Andrew Fritsch evened the score for the Greyhounds. Sarnia regained the lead and what turned out to be the game winner with seven seconds remaining in the second period when Justice Dundas took a pass at the top of the circle from Alex Galchenyuk and drilled it home. Goldobin earned his second point with an assist on the play. The final goal came at 10:16 in the third with Anthony DeAngelo score on a wrist shot fed by Hottot and Goldobin.
Goldobin was the top point getter for the Sting and would have earned number one star but due to the outstanding performance of Nichols he had to settle for second star of the game.
"He does real good, he's finally adjusting to the speed and the physicality of the league, he's going to be a heck of a player for us, he has a bright future" said Beaulieu
Goldobin from Mockobckar, Russia has earned a total of 7 points with two goals and five assists in nine games played so far this season.
"It's not too different, it's hockey and it's the same game" said Nikolay Goldobin when asked about playing and adjusting to Canada
Goldobin was partnered up with Alex Galchenyuk the last two games. "Galchenyuk makes an awesome partner on ice, he has good vision and easy to make passes to".
When asked what his favourite food to eat in Canada, Goldobin said he likes McDonald's.
JP Anderson earned the win in net turning away a total of 12 shots. Both sides went zero for two on power play opportunities. Both Galchenyuk and Hottot earned two points in the game with two assists each.
Third star of the night went to Anthony DeAngelo.
Sarnia is now 5 - 3 - 0 - 1 for the season. The Sting has a series of three games in three nights coming up this week starting on Thursday when they host the Mississauga Steelheads on Thursday. On Friday they are on the road to play Guelph and return home on Saturday night to host he Kitchener Rangers. Home games begin at 7:05 at the RBC Centre.