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monday november 24, 2014



The Sarnia Sting overcame a sluggish start in a come-from-behind, 5-3, win over the Saginaw Spirit, Sunday afternoon at RBC Centre.

The Spirit had a one-goal lead on three occasions, beginning at 8:54 of the first period when Saginaw captain Nick Moutrey scored a shorthanded goal to open the scoring.

The Sting's Patrick White evened the score four-and-a-half minutes later, surprising Saginaw goalie David Ovsjannikov by roofing a backhand over the big netminder's shoulder from in close.


The Sting were outshot 10-5 in the first period and were probably lucky to be even on the scoreboard.

The home team played a much more solid second, outshooting Saginaw 16-7, but the scoring pattern was almost identical.

Saginaw scored at the seven minute mark to give the Spirit a 2-1 lead. The Sting replied just under four minutes later with Jordan Kyrou scoring a power play goal on a rebound to even the score at 2-2. And that was the score after 40 minutes.

The pattern appeared to be repeating itself in the third, with Saginaw once again taking a one goal lead. Moutrey hammered a one-timer past Sting goalie Taylor Dupuis to make the score 3-2 for Saginaw.


But the Sting were the better team in the third and, this time, answered with three consecutive goals to secure the win. First, Nikita Korostelev ripped a wrist shot past Ovsjannikov at 12:59. Then, a little over a minute later, Anthony DeAngelo was the trigger man on a three-on-two rush, giving the Sting their first lead of the game.



DeAngelo then iced the game, lofting a 200-foot wrist shot into the open Spirit net -- Ovsjannikov having been pulled for the extra attacker -- from behind his own goal line, the puck entering the net with just three seconds left on the clock.

It was an important inter-divisional win for the Sting, which came in to the game trailing Saginaw by four points.



Sarnia now has a record of 9-11-1-1. With 20 points on the year, the Sting are tied with Plymouth for eighth place in the Western Conference.



The same two teams will hook up again on Wednesday when the Sting travel to Saginaw. That will be the first of four games in five days for Sarnia as the Sting will also be in action Friday (at home vs. Owen Sound), Saturday (in Plymouth) and Sunday (at home vs. Kingston).


The Sting played without star forward Pavel Zacha who is suspended (length of suspension has not yet been determined) because of a charging penalty in Friday's game vs. Erie.






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