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Sting Drop Decision to Knights

friday december 12, 2014




Playing with a depleted lineup, the Sarnia Sting dropped a 5-2 decision to the London Knights, Thursday night in front of 3,454 fans at the RBC Centre.


The loss leaves the Sting with a 15-13-1-1 record in the Ontario Hockey League.


The Sting played without eight roster players. They had two call-ups from junior B and still were one player under the limit of 20.


Sting head coach Trevor Letowski refused to use the absence of several key players as an excuse.


“We talked as a group before the game and said that we needed everyone going hard tonight. That wasn’t the case. We did some wrong things, like taking undisciplined penalties. I truly believe we can beat that team.”



Not dressed for the Sting was goalie Taylor Dupuis, Josh Chapman, Jakob Chychrun, Vladislav Kodola, Hayden Hodgson, Pavel Zacha, Matt Ciccarelli and Connor Schlichting.


“Even with those guys missing, the game was there to be had and we came up short,” said Letowski. “They scored two power play goals in the first period as a result of a couple of undisciplined penalties and we seemed to be chasing the game after that. Five-on-five play was pretty even.”


He added, “We were in the game at 3-2 going into the third period. We gave up the fourth goal early in the third and that was a big one. We couldn’t get that big goal like they did. We just didn’t quite have enough.”


It was the first of six meetings between the two arch-rivals this season.


Christian Dvorak led London with two goals and two assists and was named the game’s first star. Owen MacDonald, Michael McCarron and Mitchell Marner chipped in with singles. Matt Rupert added three assists.


Stephen Pierog with his sixth of the year and Jordan Kyrou with his fourth scored the Sarnia goals. Anthony DeAngelo and Daniel Nikandrov added assists.


London led 2-0 after one period and 3-2 after the second. The Knights put the game out of reach with goals at 3:43 and 5:05 of period three.



Michael Giugovaz was the winning goalie, making 26 saves while Sting rookie netminder Justin Fazio faced 28 shots and gave up 5 goals.


London was two-for-five on the power play while Sarnia was one-for-five.


The Sting return Friday night when they travel to Kitchener to battle the Rangers for the first time this season. The game will be shown on Sportsnet.


“Our game plan will be similar to this one. We need to execute. Our special teams need to be better and our discipline also needs to be better. We simply need a good team effort. It should be exciting with the game on national television,” said Letowski.


The coach said Dupuis could play against Kitchener, but the other injured players will not.


The Sting will be back home Saturday night when they take on the Peterborough Petes beginning at 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre.


Tickets for all remaining Sting home games are on sale daily at the RBC Centre Box Office, by calling 519-541-1717 or going online at 



  • Dvorak was first star with Marner second star and Kyrou third star.

  • Call ups for the Sting included defencman Jake O’Donnell from the Sarnia Legionnaires and Chase Campbell of the Waterloo junior B team. Both are signed draft picks of the team.

  • London was missing Max Domi, who is attempting to crack the Team Canada roster for the world junior tournament.

  • The Sault Ste. Marie player who slammed Chapman into the boards last Sunday received a 10-game suspension.

  • Sarnia’s home record is 8-5-0-1.





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