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Sting Fall Short in Plymouth
FEBRUARY 22, 2015


By DAVE BORODY

PLYMOUTH, MI– The Sarnia Sting appear to be snake-bitten these days.

The Plymouth Whalers scored with 5.3 seconds left in regulation time to defeat the Sting 3-2, Saturday night in front of 2,708 fans at the Compuware Sports Arena.

With a face-off in the Sarnia zone with 9.9 seconds to go, defenceman Sean Callaghan somehow was left alone in the slot area and he snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of goalie Justin Fazio for the game winner.

The loss was Sarnia’s third straight as they have slipped back to the .500 mark with a 25-25-4-3 record in the Ontario Hockey League.

Assistant coach, Andy Delmore commented on the result. "It was a good hockey game and could have gone either way. It was like a playoff game with a lot of good hits and strong goaltending on both ends. It was unfortunate we didn't get any points."

Delmore added, "[Justin] Fazio made some big saves and kept us in the game. This is a tough building to play in."

The first period was scoreless, but featured three gorgeous saves by Fazio. Twice he slide across the crease to rob a Whalers players of what appeared to be a sure goal.

Both teams got their offence going in period two as the two clubs split four goals.

Plymouth opened the scoring at 3:34 as Victor Crus Rydberg deflected home a point shot.

But just 50 seconds later the Sting tie the game when Alex Black notched his first career OHL goal as his high slapshot from the left point found the back of the net.

The Whalers scored their second goal, again on the power play at 10:50 when Mathew Campagna drilled home a low slapshot.

But back came the Sting at 16:46 when Anthony Salinitri's wrist shot deflected in off the face of Troy Lajeunesse. Jordan Kyrou picked up the second assist on the goal.

The Sting had their first power play opportunity early in the third period. In fact it was a four-minute penalty, but they could not generate any sustained offence in the Whalers zone.

Both goalies stole the spotlight in the last 10 minutes as each made outstanding saves.

Sarnia finished with a 36-34 edge in shots on goal.

Sarnia returns to action Sunday afternoon when they host the London Knights beginning at 4:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre. It is the sixth and final meeting between the two clubs in the regular season. London has won all five games.

On playing London, Delmore commented, "We have to be mentally prepared. We owe them one as they have taken a lot of points from us this season."

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

STING NOTES

 

  • Crus Rydberg was the first star with Whalers goalie Alex Nedelkovic second star and Fazio third star.

  • Sarnia was zero-for-two with the man advantage while Plymouth was one-for-two.

  • Sarnia went with the same lineup as the previous night against Owen Sound. Not dressed were Josh Chapman, Connor Schlichting and Davis Brown.

  • Of the 11 games remaining, Sarnia has six at home and five on the road.

  • Sarnia’s road record is now10-16-2-1.

  • Sarnia still leads the season series between the two clubs at 3-1. Their final two games are next Thursday in Plymouth and Friday in Sarnia.

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