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Sting Solid in Victory Over Plymouth

monday december 29, 2014


By DAVE PAUL

 

Facing an opponent they should beat, the Sarnia Sting didn't disappoint, Sunday afternoon at RBC Centre, beating the Plymouth Whalers, 3-1.

With several standout players still missing from their lineup due to injury (Josh Chapman, Davis Brown) and World Jrs. (Pavel Zacha, Anthony DeAngelo), the Sting turned in a workmanlike performance, outplaying -- if not quite dominating -- the Whalers through much of the contest.
 


Goalie Taylor Dupuis was his usual solid self and was named first star of the game for his 29-save effort.

The Sting got the only goal of the first period when Brandon Lindberg plucked a loose puck out of a scrum along the boards in the Plymouth zone, then cruised in on Whalers goalie Zack Bowman before snapping a wrist shot by him.

Sarnia Stephen Pierog finished off a nice passing play with Troy Lajeunesse to make it 2-0 early in the second period.

The Whalers got back to within a goal when Victor Crus Rydberg beat Dupuis on a rebound at 13:33.

But the Sting restored the two-goal bulge just over three minutes later when Zachary Core got his first of the year, firing a puck through traffic, from the blueline, that beat Bowman.

 



Plymouth didn't really mount any frantic comeback attempts throughout the third, save for one minor flurry, about halfway through the frame, when Dupuis was called upon to make a couple of good saves.

Even facing the extra attacker (with Bowman pulled) in the last couple of minutes of the third period, the Sting were able to repel the Whalers attack.
The victory puts the Sting solidly in second place in the West Division with 39 points, while it also moved them ahead of Owen Sound into fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

 



Post Game Interview with
Assistant Coach Chris Lazary


Next action for Sarnia will be Wednesday, the annual 'New Years Eve' contest vs. London. Game time is 1:05 p.m. at RBC Centre.
 

 

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