Photos and Story by DAVE PAUL
The Sarnia Sting showed some fight during the first half of Saturday night's OHL contest at RBC Centre, battling back three times from one-goal deficits to tie the score.
But the Sudbury Wolves scored three straight times in the second half of the game and, although the Sting had some decent chances in the third period, they were unable to score again, falling 6-3 to Sudbury.
Sarnia was coming off a huge, 4-3, win over Sault Ste. Marie on Friday night and, in contrast to that game, Sting coach Trevor Letowski said his team seemed flat on Saturday night.
"We had a big letdown tonight," said Letowski.
"It wasn't a good effort, at all," said Letowski. "We had a big win yesterday and ... sometimes it's tougher to handle those ones than it is to bounce back after a tough, heart-breaking loss."
The Sting got goals from Vladislav Kodola and Nikita Korostelev while defenceman/scoring sensation Anthony DeAngelo added a goal and an assist. Sarnia's top line of Bryan Moore, Nick Latta and Nikolay Goldobin was held off the scoresheet and combined to go -7 on the night.
Still, Letowski was reluctant to criticize them to any great degree.
"Our top group has been very, very good lately ... they just didn't have a great night tonight," said Letowksi.
Mathew Campagna and Nathan Pancel were the scoring stars for the Wolves, with each player picking up five points.
Taylor Dupuis surrendered six goals on 36 shots against, in the Sting goal, while the Sting scored on three of their 30 shots on Sudbury netminder Franky Palazzese.
The Sting play a trio of road games next week -- Thursday at Niagara, Saturday in Erie and Sunday in Mississauga.