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Sarnia Sting Edged out by Belleville
monday October 20, 2014


BELLEVILLE – The Sarnia Sting lost a heartbreaker Sunday afternoon.

The Belleville Bulls scored with 29.2 seconds left in regulation time to eke out a 3-2 victory over the Sting before 1,919 fans at the Yardman Arena.

Remi Elie notched the game winner when he banged home a centering pass following a mad scramble around the Sting goal.

The loss was a tough one for the Sting to swallow as they held a 52-33 edge in shots on goal while killing off all five power play opportunities by the Bulls. Belleville came into the game with the top-ranked power play.

The loss was Sarnia’s second straight after winning four in a row. Their overall record dropped to 4-5-1-0 in the Ontario Hockey League.

Despite holding a 20-9 edge in shots on goal, Sarnia found themselves trailing 2-0 after the first period.

Sting goalie Justin Fazio got off to a good start when he stopped a penalty shot just two minutes into the game.

But the Bulls kept coming and took a 2-0 lead as Brandon Saigeon scored at 6:01 and David Tomasek at 9:23.

The Sting settled down after that and controlled much if the play the rest of the period, but were unable to beat Bulls rookie goalie, Connor Hicks.

The Sting finally solved Hicks on their 23rd shot of the game, 43 seconds into period two when Pavel Zacha skated in over the Bulls blue line with speed and rifled a shot over the shoulder of the Bulls netminder.

Anthony DeAngelo drew the lone assist on Zacha’s fourth goal of the year.

The Sting completely dominated the second stanza as they outshot the Bulls 17-8. Belleville didn’t get a shot on goal until the eight-minute mark.

Sarnia tied the game 18:01 with their second power play goal as Nikita Korostelev wristed a low shot between the legs of the goalie from the point. DeAngelo and Daniel Nikandrov assisted on Korostelev’s team-leading seventh goal.

The Sting ran into penalty problems late in the third period. Twice the Bulls enjoyed a two-man advantage, the first time for 49 seconds and the second time for 1:08. But the Sting did a wonderful job to kill off those penalties as Fazio stopped six shots during the kill.

But just when it appeared the game was headed for overtime, Elie scored the game winner.

Hicks, the Bulls goalie, was named the game’s first star. It was only his second start of the season. He gave up seven goals in his first start against Peterborough.

Fazio took second star honours as he made a number of point blank saves.

Sarnia and Belleville will meet again for the second time in six days when they collide Friday night at the RBC Centre. The Sting is also home Saturday to the Ottawa 67s. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.

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

  • The Sting went with the same lineup they did in the previous two games on the road trip. Not dressed were Noah Bushnell, (who served the final game of a 10-game suspension), along with Taylor Dupuis, Connor Schlichting Matt Ciccarelli, all sidelined with injuries.
  • Sarnia was two-for-four on the power play and Belleville zero-for-four.
  • Belleville remained perfect on home ice at 6-0-0-0 while Sarnia is 2-5-0-1 on the road.
  • Korostelev now has 11 points over his last five games and leads the team in scoring with seven goals and seven assists. Zacha is second in scoring for OHL rookies with four goals and six assists.
  • On their day off Saturday, the team took part in a mini-bowling tournament. The team of coaches Trevor Letowski, Andy Delmore, Chris Lazary and trainer Chad Oliver took top honours. The high individual score went to Jeff King with a 151. Letowski was second at 143 while bus driver Roger Jopson was third at 141.







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