The Sarnia Sting closed the door on the 2012 - 2013 season last night at the RBC Centre after being swept by the Plymouth Whalers in four games. In their final game on Wednesday the Whalers downed the Sting with a final score of 5 - 2.
The effort was there but they are a really good hockey club. said coach Jacques Beaulieu "Let's face it , not to take anything away from those guys but they got thirteen guys drafted in the National Hockey league. They got guys on their fourth line that are not getting shifts that are drafted in the National Hockey League, that's how deep they are.
The Sting brought excitement into the building after scoring the first goal just 21 seconds into the game. Bryan Moore scored the first goal assisted by Reid Boucher and Charlie Sarault. Plymouth answered back at 6:39 and just under a minute later scored a short handed goal. Sarnia tied the game at 19:39 after Nick Latta scored on a power play assisted by Boucher and Sarault.
Action continued in the second period and late in the period Sarnia took their first penalty and Plymouth took the lead on the power play with just 3 seconds remaining in the period.
In the third Plymouth added to their lead at 2:04 and at 12:59 scored their final goal on their second power play opportunity.
Scoring for the Whalers were Vince Trocheck and Mitchell Heard each with two goals and Garrett Meurs scored a single.
Plymouth went 2 for 2 on the power play, Sarnia went 1 for 5.
Plymouth outshot Sarnia 48 to 24. Despite the loss J.P. Anderson was outstanding in the game with a total of 43 saves. Alex Nedeljkovic took the win making 22 saves.
"It's not a good feeling to lose it's even worse to lose and to know that it's all over for me in the OHL." Charlie Sarault said after the game "I told the guys your career in the OHL is short so you got to make the best of it try to take as much and come out a winner. I think I did my best all the time."
Earning the three stars in the game were the three players who will be moving on to the pros. The first star went team captain
Charlie Sarault, second star to J.P Anderson who had an outstanding season and Reid Boucher earned the third star.
"Great Junior careers, Charlie came a long way, J.P. has done very well in this league and Boucher what can you say about Boucher he scores goals, he got sixty some goals this year so it's a credit to those guys." said Beaulieu "They were good citizens in Sarnia and to the organization they are great kids and I was pretty proud to coach them."