In OHL league action the Sarnia Sting traveled to Sault Ste Marie Wednesday night and lost 3 - 2 after shoot out against the Greyhounds.
Nicolay Goldobin scored his 29th goal of the season after scoring the first and only goal in the first period at 9:42. Nikita Korostelev and newly acquired from the Greyhounds Kevin Spinozzi assisted.
“He played hard and that’s pretty much what we expected,” said Letowski of Spinozzi. “He was physical down low in our zone and he move the puck pretty well. There were a couple of situations where he looked nervous but that’s to be expected.”
The Sting remained in the lead after a scoreless second period. In the third Blake Speers tied the game at 6:53 assisted by ex-Sting Bryan Moore. The Sting answered back a minute and thirty four seconds later and regained the lead with Patrick White scoring assisted by Matteo Ciccarelli. Then at 16:10 Tyler Gaudet scored for the Greyhounds and the period ended in a 2 - 2 tie.
After a scoreless 5 minute overtime period the game went to shoot out where Sault Ste. Marie edged out Sarnia 3 - 2. Nikita Korostelev and Nikolay Goldobin scored for the Sting and Andrew Fritsch, Sergey Tolchinsky and Blake Speers scored for the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds outshot the Sting 45 - 22. Brodie Barrick kept the Sting in the game after making 42 saves in net.
“We got a big effort from Brodie Barrick,” said Sarnia coach Trevor Letowski. “That’s probably the difference tonight. Our guys had a good effort and I was happy with our game. That was a tough test for us. (The Greyhounds) are a high-flying team. They come with pace and they had too many scoring chances but Brodie held the fort.”
Matt Murray made 20 saves in the win.
The Sting took a total of eight minutes in penalties on four infractions giving the Greyhounds four power play opportunities. The Greyhounds took four minutes on two infractions giving the Sting two power play opportunities. Both teams were scoreless on the power plays.
The Sting are in last place in the Western Conference with a record of 12-23-1-4 for a total of 29 points. The Sting are five points behind the Plymouth Whalers. On Friday January 10 the Sting look to narrow the gap when they host the Whalers at the RBC Centre. Game starts at 7:05 pm.
4,000 Fans were in attendance at the Essar Centre
Bryan Moore and Tyler Hore who were traded to Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday for SSM's Kevin Spinozzi traveled with the Sting to the Sault.
Sting's Brodie Barrick was award the first star of the night for his outstanding play in net. Greyhounds's Blake Speers earned second star and third star went to ex-Sting Bryan Moore.
Anthony DeAngelo will return to Friday's game after serving a five game suspension.
Temperature in Sault Ste. Marie -15, Sarnia temp -20.