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Sting Suffer Stunning Collapse
FEBRUARY 20, 2015


By DAVE PAUL
 


With one minute left to play in the second period of Friday night's OHL contest at RBC Centre, the Sarnia Sting appeared to be in complete control and cruising towards a relatively easy win over the Owen Sound Attack.

First period power play goals by Nikita Korostelev and Jakob Chychrun, followed by a trio of second period scores, by Anthony Salinitri, Hayden Hodgson and Daniel Nikandrov had given the Sting a 5-1 lead.

 



But with just 45 seconds left to play in the middle period, the Attack's Daniel Milne scored to make the score 5-2.

It seemed relatively insignificant at the time. But no one knew what was in store in the third period -- an epic collapse.

The Attack scored an astonishing six more unanswered goals in the third to record an 8-5 victory in what was a pivotal contest for both teams in the Western Conference playoff race.

 



The first two goals of the third period came on the power play, the second two at even strength, to make the score 6-5, and the last two were shorthanded tallies into an empty net.

After playing so solidly for most of the first two periods, all facets of the Sting game fell apart in the third.

Friday's result put sixth-place Owen Sound four points clear of the Sting in the Western Conference standings.

Sarnia, with 57 points, still is nowhere near home and cooled in the playoff picture, with Saginaw and Windsor now tied for eighth place with 49 points, eight behind Sarnia.

 



Owen Sound outshot Sarnia, 34-30. Taylor Dupuis took the loss while Jack Flinn stopped all 12 shots he faced to pick up the win after coming into the game in relief of Michael McNiven.

 


Post Game Interview with
Head Coach Trevor Letowski



The Sting will travel to Plymouth for a Saturday night contest. Sarnia hosts London on Sunday afternoon.
 

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