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Struggling Sting Now Streaking Sting

saturday november 29, 2014


By DAVE PAUL
 


The recently-struggling Sarnia Sting are now the streaking Sting.

Sarnia increased its modest winning streak to three-in-a-row, Friday night at RBC Centre, coming from behind to beat the Owen Sound Attack, 2-1.
 

After a scoreless first period, the Attack opened the scoring almost halfway through the second. With Sarnia's Anthony DeAngelo serving a four-minute spearing penalty, Owen Sound's Jeffrey Gilligan scored a power play goal, spinning and firing a backhand past Sting goalie Taylor Dupuis, from the slot.

 



The Sting tied the score with just over three-and-a-half minutes left in the period on a similar play.

Sarnia's Brandon Lindberg corralled a loose puck in the slot and fired a backhand past a surprised Jack Flinn in the Owen Sound goal.
The third, and final, goal of the game came at 7:44 of the third period on a superb solo effort by Patrick White. White carried the puck into the Attack zone, blew around an Owen Sound defenceman, then cut across the goal, forcing Flinn to open his pads and slipped the puck between the goaltender's legs.

 



Dupuis made several outstanding stops for the Sting throughout the course of the game and he was sharp down the stretch.

Owen Sound pressured to try to tie the game, and came close -- including hitting a post with just over two minutes left to play -- but Dupuis and the Sting held on.

 

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The victory improved the Sting record to 11-11-1-1 on the year. With 24 points, Sarnia is tied with Saginaw for seventh place in the Western Conference standings. Owen Sound, with 29 points is directly ahead of them in the standings.

Meanwhile, the Sting will face the ninth-place team -- with 22 points, trailing Sarnia and Saginaw by just two points -- the Plymouth Whalers, tonight in Plymouth.

Sarnia hosts Kingston on Sunday afternoon in a 4 p.m. start.

  • Rookie star Pavel Zacha missed Friday's game. He was sitting out the third of a six-game suspension.

  • Star defenceman Jakob Chychrun is still out with an "upper body" injury, but is getting close to returning to the lineup.
     

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