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Penalties Costly for Sting in Erie
saturday november 8, 2014



ERIE, Pa. – The Erie Otters scored three power play goals on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Sarnia Sting, Friday night in front of 4,524 fans at the Erie Insurance Arena.


The loss was the second in a row for the Sting who is now 6-8-1-1 on the season in the Ontario Hockey League.


The Otters, currently ranked number one in this week’s Canadian Hockey League rankings, remained perfect on home ice at 8-0-0-0. They are also 14-1-0-1 overall this season.


Erie never trailed in the game as they held a 2-1 advantage after the first period and 4-1 after 20 minutes.


Penalties were definitely a major factor as the Otters had eight power play opportunities compared to just three for the Sting.


The three power play goals came back-to-back-to-back when the score was only 2-1 in Erie’s favour.


The Sting had the better scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes of the first period, but it was Erie who drew first blood at 13:41. Nick Betz finished off a two-one-one break with Connor McDavid after the Sting turned the puck off at the Otters blueline.


Just over a minute later, Erie went up 2-0 as Alex Debrincat knocked in a passout.


The Sting hit the scoreboard at 16:40 when Nikita Korostelev banged home a centering pass from Pavel Zacha. Davis Brown also assisted on Korostelev’s 10th of the year.


Penalties really hurt the Sting in period two as Erie had four power play chances and scored on two of them to take a commanding 4-2 lead.


Darren Raddysh scored at 4:12 on a nice goalmouth pass while DeBrincat banked a centering pass off a Sting defenceman and into the net with a two-man advantage at 15:30.


The Sting could muster only five shots in the second stanza.


DeBrincat completed his hat trick early in the third period as he was given a wide open net on a goalmouth pass from McDavid.  DeBrincat leads the OHL with 18 goals.


McDavid finished with three assists to give 45 points on 14 goals and 32 assists, tops in league. McDavid also leads the OHL in plus-minus at plus-31.


Davis Brown scored Sarnia’s second goal at 4:08 of period three as he converted a rebound over a Korostelev shot. Zacha notched his second assist of the game on Brown’s seventh of the season.


The Sting concludes their five-game road trip Saturday night when they travel to St. Catharines to battle the Niagara IceDogs. Game time is 7:05 p.m.


Sarnia returns home next weekend for a pair of games. They host the Oshawa Generals Friday night and the Sudbury Wolves Saturday night. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre.


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



  • Korostelev had a goal and an assist and leads the Sting in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists. Zacha is in second in team scoring with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points.

  • Not dressed for the Sting were Jacob Chychrun, Alex Renaud and Matt Ciccarelli, (all injured), and Jordan Kryou, who is at the World Under-17 Challenge in Sarnia. Called up from Lambton Shores was forward Brendan Trottier.

  • The Owen Sound Attack traded ex-Sting goalie Brandon Hope earlier this week to Niagara for a pair of draft picks (fourth and seventh rounders). Hope is an overager.

  • The Sarnia-Kitchener Rangers game slated for Dec12th in Kitchener will be shown on Sportsnet.

  • Sarnia is now 0-2 vs Erie this season. The teams meet two more times, both in Sarnia, Nov. 21st and Jan.8th.

  • The Sting’s road record fell to 4-6-1-0. Eleven of their first 16 games have been away from home.

  • All three stars were from Erie.

  • Erie outshot the Sting 32-16 with Taylor Dupuis in goal






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