SAGINAW, Michigan – Head coach Trevor Letowski of the Sarnia Sting knew his team would be in tough against the Saginaw Spirit Saturday night.
He wasn’t kidding.
The Spirit posted a 6-2 victory over Sarnia in front of 4,216 fans at the Dow Event Centre.
Sarnia has now dropped back-to-back games after winning three straight in the Ontario Hockey League.
The Sting sport an overall record 8-16-0-1 while their road record is now 3-9-0-0.
The Sting came into the game having won three in a row against the Spirit. However Saginaw was determined not to make it four in a row and was clearly the better team in this game.
For the sixth consecutive game the Sting scored the game’s first goal. Nikolay Goldobin notched his 16th of the season with the Sting enjoying a two-man advantage at 3:40 of period one. Jimmy McDowell and Anthony DeAngelo picked up assists.
Goldobin had another great chance a few minutes later when he was sent in alone on a breakaway, but lost the puck when he attempted to deke.
Saginaw tied the game at 18:42 when Sean Callaghan drilled home a low slapshot from the left point.
The Spirit took control of the game in the second period when they outshot Sarnia 20-5 and scored three unanswered goals.
Daniel De Sousa capitalized on a Sting turnover at their own blue line at 8:16, Jimmy Lodge scored at 12:11 with two Sting players in the penalty box while Callaghan notched his second of the game with 45.9 seconds left in the period.
Justin Kea scored Saginaw’s fifth goal at 7:46 of period three.
Sarnia’s second goal of the game came at 15:13 when Jimmy McDowell snapped home a wrist shot from the slot. Josh Chapman and Vladislav Kodola drew assists on McDowell’s third goal of the year.
Dylan Sadowy completed the scoring at 18:38 with Saginaw’s sixth goals.
Two fights broke out after the goal. Sarnia’s Bryan Moore could face suspension for a second fight on the same stoppage.
Taylor Dupuis got his second straight start in goal for the Sting and despite allowing six goals played a solid game and could not be faulted for any of the goals. Dupuis was peppered with 46 shots.
Sarnia fired 25 shots at winning goalie Nikita Serebryakov.
The Sting was one-for-four on the power play while Saginaw was one-for-six with the man advantage.
The Sting will now prepare for next weekend’s action where they will play three games in three days.
It begins Friday night when they host Saginaw beginning at 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre. The Sting travel to Windsor Saturday night to battle the Spitfires while the two teams have a return engagement on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre.
Tickets for both home games this weekend and all remaining home games are on sale daily at the RBC Box Office, by calling 519-541-1717 or going online at Sarniasting.com
Scratches for the Sting included Matt Ciccarelli, (injured), Noah Bushnell, (final game of a three game suspension and Ryan Vendramin, who returned to Sarnia to play with the Legionnaires Junior B team.
Sarnia is now 2-12-0-1 when trailing after two periods.
After playing three games in three nights, Goldobin will get a day off before travelling to Sudbury to play for Team Russia against Team OHL in the Subway Super Series.
DeAngelo’s one assist gives him 35 points on the season as he leads all OHL defenceman. Darnell Nurse of Sault Ste. Marie is second 10 points back of DeAngelo.
Sarnia still leads the season with Saginaw 3-2. They meet three more times.
All three stars were from Saginaw.