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Sarnia Sting Hang on For Victory
FEBRUARY 14, 2015


By DAVE PAUL

 


The outcome of Saturday night's Sting game was in doubt right up until the final buzzer, but, in the end, Sarnia held on for a 5-4 win over the Niagara IceDogs in OHL action at RBC Centre.

The Sting scored first, but then fell behind 2-1 early in the second period. But a late second period goal, followed by a three-goal splurge early in the third gave Sarnia what seemed to be a commanding 5-2 lead heading into the final half-period of the game.

However, the talented IceDogs began to apply steady pressure and narrowed the Sting lead to 5-3 at 12:16 of the third and 5-4 at 18:03, with their goalie pulled for the extra attacker.

They continued to take the game to the Sting over the final two minutes, but Sarnia was able to cling to the one-goal lead to the end.

 



The Sarnia attack was lead by Jordan Kyrou with two goals and Nikita Korostolev with a goal and two assists. Kyrou, along with fellow rookie linemates Troy Lajeunesse and Anthony Salinitri, provided a spark for the Sting throughout the game with their energetic play and effective forechecking.

Noah Bushnell and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Sarnia.

Justin Fazio made 30 saves for the win. Sarnia was outshot 34-31 -- including 12-5 in the third period.

The victory was a crucial one for Sarnia which entered play on Saturday night with only two wins in its last 11 games.

Injuries have certainly played a role in the Sting's slide (and they once again played with only 16 skaters on Saturday night).

 


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And while the regular season is starting to wind down (Sarnia has 14 games remaining after Saturday), playoff seeding is starting to take shape.
Sarnia now sits seventh in the Western Conference standings and, if the season ended today, would face a very difficult first round match-up against Erie.

 



Next action for Sarnia is holiday Monday afternoon when Anthony DeAngelo makes his return to Sarnia as a member of the first-place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Game time is 2:05 p.m.

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