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Generals Battle Back to Defeat Sting

Saturday November 14, 2014



The Sarnia Sting came close to upsetting one of the OHL's top teams, Friday night at RBC Centre.

But, ultimately, it was the Oshawa Generals coming from behind to score three straight times, in the game's second half to post a 3-2 win over Sarnia.

It was the Sting's fourth consecutive loss, dropping the team's record to 6-10-1-1

Oshawa improved to 15-2-1-0, good for 31 points -- most in the Eastern Conference and second in the league to Erie's 33.


Despite being outshot 10-3 in the first period, the Sting scored the only goal of the opening frame on an impressive solo effort by Nikita Korostelev.

Taylor Dupuis was solid in the Sting goal, although the shots didn't completely convey the balance of play which was fairly even.


The Generals continued to dominate the shot clock, with 16-6 and 13-5 advantages in the second and third periods (outshooting Sarnia 39-14 overall) and as the game progressed, the shots on goal became a more and more accurate reflection of Oshawa's domination of the game.


Despite this, it was the Sting taking a 2-0 lead at 8:54 of the second period when rookie Troy Lajeunesse beat Generals goalie Ken Appleby with a shot from the slot.

Oshawa began its seemingly inevitable comeback four minutes later with Cole Cassels getting the Generals on the board, scoring on a rebound.

The Generals dominated play for extended stretches over the course of the game's final 30 minutes, occasionally hemming the Sting in their own zone for lengthy stretches.

Cassels -- on the power play -- and Stephen Desrocher scored third period goals to lift Oshawa to the win.


While Sarnia was unable to muster much in the way of scoring opportunities in the game's second half, the Sting did have one final chance to pull even in the game when Kevin Spinozzi drew a tripping penalty with 14 seconds left in the third period. With Dupuis pulled for the extra attacker, the Sting -- playing six skaters to four -- won the face-off and worked the puck to Daniel Nikandrov in the slot, who wheeled and fired a backhand shot inches wide of the goal, just before the buzzer sounded to end the contest.

The Sting were forced to play the game without stars Jakob Chychrun, Hayden Hodgson (injuries) and Pavel Zacha (suspension).

After the game, Sting coach Trevor Letowski, who described the loss as "very disappointing", said the team hopes to have a healthy Chychrun back in the lineup soon.


The Sting will host the Sudbury Wolves Saturday night at RBC Centre. Tickets are available at the box office or online at







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