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Sting Lose in Shootout
saturday october 25, 2014

By Dave Paul




The Sarnia Sting played a good game against a very good team, Friday night at RBC Centre, but wound up dropping a 4-3 decision in an overtime shootout.

It was a tightly-contested, see-saw battle in which neither team held more than a one-goal lead at any point during the contest.



Although play was fairly balanced, the Sting (4-5-1-1) actually outshot Belleville (now 9-2-0-0 on the season) in all three periods and 46-30 overall.

After a scoreless first period, the teams traded a total of four goals in a less-than-seven-minute span of the second. The Bulls' Remi Elie opened the scoring on a power play at 3:38. A minute-and-a-half later, Pavel Zacha tied the game, scoring his fifth of the season.


Jordan Subban restored the Belleville lead shortly after that, but the Sting pulled even again when Brandon Lindberg beat Belleville goalie Charlie Graham at 10:33.



Sarnia got its first lead of the game when Anthony DeAngelo, celebrating his 19th birthday, scored a pretty goal at 3:38 of the third. However, that lead was also fairly short-lived. Belleville defenceman Justin Lemcke beat Sarnia goalie Justin Fazio just under five minutes later to knot the game at 3-3 and that is the way the score stood at the end of regulation time.


Although neither team was credited with an official shot on goal during the five-minute overtime period, the Sting nearly won the game with a couple of great chances late in the session.



Sting shooters Nikita Korostelev and Pavel Zacha were stymied in the shootout, although Korostelev appeared to come very close to beating Graham with the opening shot of the breakaway contest. The Belleville goalie may have kicked the puck out of the air with the back of his pad as it fluttered toward the goal, just before it crossed the goalline.


Welychka and Subban both scored shootout goals for the Bulls.



The Sting host the Ottawa 67's Saturday night at RBC Centre.      







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