Dawe Earns First win in First Game for Sarnia Sting
Friday January 4, 2013
Newly acquired goaltender Knick Dawe facing the enemy.
In a high scoring game with the Sting coming out on top with an 8 - 5 win over Windsor, newly acquired goaltender Knick Dawe earned his first win as a Sarnia Sting. Dawe was given the nod afterr JP Anderson received an injury in the first period.
"I'm excited to come to play for the Sting" said Knick Dawe "When I left the training camp they said you never know you might get a call at Christmas time. So I was just waiting around and I got the call, and I'm definitely excited to be here and finish off the year."
"I wasn't expecting to get in, but you always have to be ready when you are a goalie so yeah when I got the call and I was ready." said Dawe. "I was a little shell shock you could say and I'm not going to lie I was a little nervous after the first couple of shots but I settled in."
The 19 year old netminder from Penetang, Ontario made some excellent saves in his first game as a Sting kicking out 28 of 33 shots. JP Anderson was perfect in the first making 10 saves in the first period.
After the first period the Sting led 4 - 0. Nikolay Goldobin scored the first goal at 6:53 after taking a pass in front by Charles Sarault and found the top corner. Anthony DeAngelo also earned an assist on the goal. The next three goals began at 17:50 when Taki Pantziris scored his first ever OHL goal assisted by Reid Boucher and Sarault. At 18:17 Bryan Moore scored the third goal assisted by Alexandre Renaud and the final goal of the period came at 19:41 by Charles Sarault from Goldobin and Boucher.
Windsor scored their first goal just on a goal mouth scramble just :40 seconds into the second period with Ben Johnson scoring. Johnson added Windsor second goal on the power play at 12:12. Anthony DeAngelo scored the only goal in the second for Sarnia at 15:36 with Daniel Nikandrov assisting. At 17:18 Windsor's Nick Ebert scored their third goal and the period ended with the Sting in the lead with a score of 5 - 3.
"JP went down with a lower body injury after the first period and we had to put Dawes in there." said Head Coach Jacques Beaulieu. "We didn't really help him and kind of left him out to dry and I'm sure he was a little nervous with no warm up or anything like that but I give him credit he made some saves that saved some goals so we are happy."
In the third it was a back and forth affair with Windsor scoring first at 2:48 by Ebert. Reid Boucher scored for the Sting at 3:38, Ebert scored for Windsor at 8:57 and Goldobin scored his second of the game for the Sting on a power play at 10:33. As the clock counted down Windsor pulled their goal and Charles Sarault hit the opening scoring his second and earning his fifth point of the game.
"It was a good game, my line played well" said Sarault. "We struggled a bit defensively and I had some trouble in the draws but I did better towards the end of the game. It was a big win for us with missing a couple of key players it was good."
Total shots on goal, Windsor 43, Sarnia 37. Sarnia received three penalties in the game and allowed one goal on the power play. Windsor took two penalties and also allowed a single goal on the power play.
"We were cheating, they were looking for cookies all night and when we scored four goals in the first period they thought it was going to be a 12 - 0 game." said Beaulieu "Windsor is not that type of team, they are not going to lay down and die. They were turning the puck over and they weren't committing to any type of defence in all three zones."
Nikolay Golodobin was named the first star of the game with a total of four points in the game and has scored seven goals in his last three games. Sauralt was second star and Johnson of the Spirtfires was named third star.
"Offence, he's very good, he's got good vision and he does things right when he has the puck" said Beaulieu on Golodobin performance "But there's another side to the game that he has to learn and you know when you're playing on that top line your usually playing against their best players and you can't turn the puck over which he has a habit of doing that right now."
The Sting are back in action on Saturday for the first of four road games starting in Erie against the Otters.
"We have to be a lot safer, Erie is playing a lot better but they are missing their best player. It's always a challenge going into that building and we are going to have to be better in the neutral zone. I thought our neutral zone wasn't very good today and were going to have to change that and get better at that tomorrow and hopefully get some scoring like we did tonight." said Beaulieu