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Knights Prevail Over the Sting
FEBRUARY 23, 2015


By DAVE PAUL

 



The Sarnia Sting put up a valiant fight but, in the end, it was the Knights of London that prevailed once again, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at RBC Centre.

The Sting entered the game with one win in their last eight games and having gone 0-5 vs. London this season.

But defying those numbers, Sarnia played an utterly dominant first period -- one of their best of the season -- actually making the Knights appear to be an inferior opponent, at times.

 



The Sting outshot London by an astounding 8-2 margin in the frame, and led 1-0 on a goal by Daniel Nikandrov when the period was over.
The Knights started to come alive in the second though, outscoring the Sting 3-1 to take a one-goal lead in the game. Mitchell Marner, who had yet another ridiculous game against the Sting (five points), scored two of the London goals. Troy Lajeunesse had the only Sting goal of the frame.

Sarnia fought back to take the lead, early in the third on a pair of goals by Pavel Zacha.

But the Knights evened the game on the power play at 7:30, went ahead 5-4 five minutes later with another power play goal, then scored a back-breaking shorthanded goal, less than two minutes after that.

 


Max Domi, with his second of the game, added an empty-netter to ice it for the Knights.

Taylor Dupuis took the loss for the Sting, who outshot London 34-26. Michael Giugovaz was not particularly sharp for the Knights, but was good enough to get the win.

Sarnia remains stuck in seventh in the Western Conference standings and, appear to be very likely to remain there for the rest of the schedule. That would set up a probable match-up against the Erie Otters in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

 



After a winless weekend, the Sting will look to regroup this week with a home-and-home series vs. Plymouth on Thursday-Friday and a Sunday road game in Windsor.
 

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