Sting Stung Ottawa on Teddy Bear Toss Sunday

December 6, 2015

Written by Carl Chimenti
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In what was likely the most exciting game of the season, the Sarnia Sting dug deep and pulled out a gritty, hard fought win, beating the Ottawa 67’s 5-4, in front of the largest crowd of the season (4.067), on Teddy Bear toss, Sunday.


Lambton Ford and the Sarnia Sting collected a record-high 3580 bears on Sunday afternoon, increasing the grand total to over 50,000 in 18 years.


Sarnia had built a 3-0 first period lead only to see Ottawa come back with four unanswered goals, including two in the third period. Despite playing three games in as many days, Nikita Korostelev tied the game scoring his 50th OHL goal on a 5 on 3 power play. Thirty six seconds later, Jakob Chychrun blasted home the game winner, with a shot from the point, to put Sarnia back in front for good. The win sets up a Friday night showdown with the Windsor Spitfires at the SSEC.




Matt Mistele had two goals and an assist, including the coveted Teddy Bear Toss goal. Pavel Zacha scored once and contributed three assists. Jakob Chychrun, with the winning goal, also added an assist on the tying goal. Nikita Korostelev scored once to round out the Sting scoring and Jordan Kyrou had two helpers. Justin Fazio stopped 22 shots.


Dante Salituro had the hat trick for Ottawa as part of a four point effort. Jeremiah Addison had a goal and an assist, while Travis Konecy added three assists.


With the large numbers of teddy bears in the building, the first period was highly anticipated and the Sting did not disappoint. Mistele, scored at 10:10 and with that goal a flurry of the stuffed animals flew towards the ice. The goal was Mistele’s second as a Sting and second in as many nights. The power play goal was assisted by Zacha.


Shortly after all the teddy bears were picked up off the ice and play resumed, Sarnia made it 2-0, as Zacha finished off a nice three way passing play from Troy Lajeunesse and Jordan Kyrou, at the 14:49 mark.

Fazio was in fine form making three point blank saves to keep Ottawa off the scoreboard in the opening frame. Sarnia out-shot Ottawa 9-8, in the first 20 minutes of play.



Ottawa scored twice in the second period to close the gap to one goal at 3-2. Salituro, was in on both goals, scoring a power play goal at 11:57, from Travis Konecny and Stepan Falkovsky. Near the end of the period, Salituro fed Jeremiah Addison and he let go a one timer that beat Fazio on the stick side. Salituro, drew the lone assist.


Sting Notebook:

  • This was the second and final meeting between the two clubs, with Ottawa winning 4-1, at home, November 27th.

  • Sarnia will be at home at the SSEC next weekend with a pair of games against divisional rivals. Friday night (December 11th) is a first place showdown with the Windsor Spitfires. It will be the first regular season meeting between the two clubs.

  • Friday's game the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club and Mainstreet Credit Union are teaming up to bring you Ugly Christmas Sweater Night at the SSEC, a fundraiser for the Inn of the Good Shepherd.  The Sting will be wearing their Ugly Sweaters that will be auction off after the game. Fans are encouraged to bring in a non perishable food item that will be collected at the game.  $5.00 from each ticket sold will be donated back to the Inn.

  • On Sunday (December 13th) night the Flint Firebirds will be in town. Puck drops at 7:05

  • The three stars in order were Mistele, Zacha for the Sting and Salituro for Ottawa.





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