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Sarnia Sting Take Greyhounds in Shootout

Monday December 8, 2014


By DAVE PAUL


Anthony DeAngelo winning shot that created the rain of teddy bears
photo by Pat Brethauer

 


The second-largest Sting crowd of the season showed up for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game, Sunday afternoon at RBC Centre.
And they were treated to one of the most exciting Sting games in recent memory.


Despite being outshot 41-20, the Sting came away with a 7-6 overtime shootout win against one of the Ontario Hockey League's best teams, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.


The first indication that the game was going to be a wild one came at the 30 second mark of the first period when Soo opened the scoring.
Four minutes later, the Sting's Anthony DeAngelo tied the game and triggered a barrage of stuffed animals raining down on the ice.

 


photo by Pat Brethauer
 


Goals continued to come fast and furious as the Greyhounds scored next to regain a one-goal lead. But three straight Sting goals within a 2:40 span -- including two on the power play -- gave the Sting a surprising 4-2 lead after 20 minutes.


Pavel Zacha, Davis Brown and Stephen Pierog, on a scramble in front of the goal did the scoring for Sarnia.


The Sting were outshot just 10-9 in the first period, before getting badly outshot, and outplayed, for most of the final 40 minutes.
The Greyhounds had eliminated the Sting 4-2 lead by the 5:20 mark of the second on Jean Dupuy's second goal of the game and a power play goal by Gustav Bouramann.

 


But Jordan Kyrou re-established the Sting lead just two minutes after that and the second period ended with Sarnia in front, 5-4. The talented Greyhounds carried the play for most of the second period, but Sarnia goalie Taylor Dupuis had another strong showing (despite surrendering six goals).


As they had done in each of the first two periods, the Greyhounds opened the scoring in the third, tying the game at 8:26. The Hounds continued to put tremendous pressure on the Sting throughout the third and it finally paid off with just 4:30 left to play in the period when Gabe Guertler put Soo ahead, 6-5.

 

Given the Soo's dominance of the game over the final two periods, it seemed like that goal might well prove to be the game-winner. But Sarnia's Patrick White picked up a loose puck and roofed a shot over Greyhounds goalie Brandon Halverson with just under three minutes to play to make it 6-6. And that is the way the period ended.


The four-on-four overtime was wide open and, although the shots were only 2-1 (for the Soo), each team had some quality chances but failed to score.

 

 


Nikita Korostelev was the opening shooter in the shootout and was the only player to score. Sault Ste. Marie's Sergey Tolchinsky rang a shot off the post with the final shootout attempt, giving the Sting a thrilling victory.


It was the seventh win in eight games for the Sting, who had a six-game winning streak stopped on Saturday night in Saginaw.

 

 

 

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Next action for the Sting is Thursday night when the London Knights visit the RBC Centre.

 


 

  • Attendance for Sunday's game was 3,408

  • The Sting's Josh Chapman was injured in the first period after being taken down awkwardly by Soo's Mark Bunting. Bunting received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct on the play. Chapman did not return to the game. The Sting scored twice on the ensuing power play.


 

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