Story By DAVE PAUL, Video by DAN PAUL, Photos by Pat Brethauer
The Sarnia Sting ended a four-game losing skid in impressive style, Thursday night at RBC Centre.
Sarnia got goals from five different players while Taylor Dupuis was unbeatable in goal as the Sting blanked the Kitchener Rangers, 5-0.
The two teams entered play tied for last place in the OHL standings and, with Sarnia playing host, it was a golden opportunity for the Sting to get back into the win column.
The home team did so emphatically, outhustling and outplaying the Rangers in a game witnessed by a smallish crowd of 2,593.
Sting coach Trevor Letowski praised his team, following the game.
"I'm really proud of them," said Letowski. "I think last week was the low point of the season for us. ... It was nice to see us come out of a tailspin with an effort like that."
Letowski said the team had to do "some soul-searching" over the past week after losing three times last weekend -- then trading captain Craig Duininck to Sudbury on the eve of this weekend's games.
Letowski also praised the efforts of Dupuis who was outstanding -- particularly in the third period -- in recording the shutout (after being outshot 16-8 in the third, Sarnia was actually outshot 34-30 in the game).
The Sting got power play goals from defenceman Tyler Hore (in the first period) and newly-acquired Jimmy McDowell (in the third), sandwiched around tallies by Bryan Moore, Nikita Korostelev and Nikolay Goldobin while Vladislav Kodola had three assists for Sarnia.
Sarnia hosts a team they have beaten twice this year, the Saginaw Spirit, Friday at RBC Centre. Game time is 7:05 p.m.