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Sting Shut Out Rangers

february 6, 2015


By DAVE PAUL
 

 

 


The Sarnia Sting came up big Thursday night at RBC Centre, posting an important, 3-0 win over the Kitchener Rangers.

The two teams entered play Thursday, locked in a three-way battle (with Owen Sound) for fifth-sixth-seventh place in the OHL Western Conference.

With the win, the Sting (with 54 points) moved to within one point of the Rangers, while the Attack sit one point behind Sarnia.

 



The win was even more impressive given the fact that the Sting played with only 16 skaters due to injuries and suspensions. Among those missing from the lineup were Pavel Zacha, Alex Renaud, Patrick White and Josh Chapman.

The two teams play again Friday night, in an equally important game, in Kitchener.

In Thursday night's game, Sarnia goalie Taylor Dupuis out-dueled January's OHL goalie of the month Jake Paterson, to pick up his first shutout of the season.

Although Sarnia outshot Kitchener 30-19 in the game, the Rangers did have a number of very good chances to score, including a pair of posts that their shooters hit in the first period.

 

 

The Sting also had numerous scoring chances and looked especially determined and dangerous from in-close, throughout the game.
But they were only able to get two pucks past Paterson.

After a goalless first, Stephen Pierog opened the scoring a minute-and-a-half into the second period, picking up a rebound from a dump-in off the back glass and beating a surprised Paterson.

 

 



Just past the seven-minute mark of the middle period, Hayden Hodgson cut across the front of the net to score the Sting's second goal.

Sarnia's third goal came, by Brandon Lindberg, came late in the third with Paterson pulled for the extra attacker.

The Sting's next home game is Sunday at 4 p.m. when Sarnia hosts Mississauga.

 


Post Game Interview with
Head Coach Trevor Letowski

 

 

 

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