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Red-Hot Roll Continues for Sarnia Sting

Monday December 1, 2014


By DAVE PAUL
 


The red-hot roll continued for the Sarnia Sting, Sunday afternoon at RBC Centre.

Sarnia won its fifth straight game, this time defeating one of the league's top teams, the Kingston Frontenacs, 4-3.

The Frontenacs were coming off a victory in London the night before and were playing their third game in three days after starting the weekend with a home game in Kingston. So they were a potentially tired group -- but so were the Sting, who were playing for the fourth time in five days, having travelled to Saginaw on Wednesday before beginning their own three-games-in-three-days weekend.

 

 



Sarnia showed more life in the first period, outshooting the Frontenacs, 11-9, and getting the only two goals of the period -- Brandon Lindberg scoring from in close and Anthony DeAngelo on a power play point blast.

 

Hayden Hodgson's goal early in the second period gave the Sting a 3-0 lead and the home team appeared to be on its way to a decisive victory.
But then the momentum changed and the powerful Frontenacs began to fight back. Kingston outshot Sarnia 29-14 in the final two periods, combined (and 38-25 overall), and some Sting resilience along with strong goaltending by Taylor Dupuis was needed to preserve the win.

Ex-Sting Ryan Kujawinski got Kingston on the board with a power play goal shortly after Hodgson's tally and Kingston made it 3-2 just after the 10-minute mark.

 



The Sting clung to the one-goal lead for most of the remainder of the period, then got a huge lift with a late, shorthanded goal -- Troy Lajeunesse tapping home a great feed from Stephen Pierog on a two-on-one.

However, less than two minutes into the third period, Kingston Samuel Schutt made it a one-goal game again. The remainder of the period saw the Frontenacs come at the Sting in waves, trying in vain to even the score.
 


But Dupuis, who coach Trevor Letowski described as "one of the league's elite goalies", following the game, along with his Sting teammates were able to hold off the barrage for the 4-3 win.

Letowski also stressed how important it was for his team to "finally take that important step" in beating one of the league's elite teams.
"Their record doesn't really show it yet, but they are one of the OHL's best," Letowski said, of the Frontenacs.

 

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The victory improved the Sting's record on the season to 13-11-1-1. With 28 points, Sarnia now sits alone in seventh in the Western Conference, four points up on eighth-place Saginaw.

Next action for Sarnia is Friday when the Sting hosts North Bay.
 


 

 

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