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Sting Win in Overtime
FEBRUARY 28, 2015


It’s been awhile coming, but there was finally some joy in Stingville Friday night.

The Sarnia Sting rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Plymouth Whalers 3-2 in overtime in front of 2,368 fans at the RBC Centre.

Nikita Korostelev provided the heroics for the Sting when he blasted home a slapshot with 17.6 seconds left in the five-minute extra session.

Jakob Chychrun and Hayden Hodgson drew assists on Korostelev’s 21st goal of the season, tops on the team.

But more importantly, the victory snapped a five-game losing streak and provided the team with two valuable points in the Western Conference playoff race.

(Both Windsor and Saginaw lost their games meaning Sarnia holds an eight point lead over both of those teams for seventh place).

“Finally things bounced our way,” said Sting head coach Trevor Letowski. “We’ve been close in some games lately, but haven’t got any results. Tonight we battled right to the end. We faced a good goalie tonight that made a lot of good stops.

“Our five-on-five play was good. They scored both their goals on the power play and that was deflating. But we stayed with it and got the tying goal from (Pavel) Zacha and the winning goal by Korostelev.”

Letowski had high praise for Zacha, who has come back from injury with a real jump in his step. He was one of the best players on the ice.

“He’s getting his legs now. I think he has six points in his last three games and that’s exciting. Pavel has had some setbacks this year due to injuries and suspensions. Hopefully he is in for a big finish.”

The game was scoreless heading into the third period, thanks to the stellar play of both goaltenders, Taylor Dupuis of the Sting and Alex Nedeljkovic of the Whalers.

Each goaltender took their turn at making a couple of fabulous saves. Nedeljkovic robbed Noah Bushnell late in period one with a great pad save on a two-on-none break.

Dupuis stopped a breakaway in the second period and then stopped another breakaway late in the third period to keep his team in the game.

The game’s first goal did not come until the 2:25 mark of period three. Defenceman Jeff King took a centering pass from Jordan Kyrou and ripped a high shot over the glove of the Whalers goalie.

Korostelev also assisted on King’s first goal of the season, a power play tally.

But the Sting ran into penalty problems and Plymouth capitalized.

They tied the game at 4:13 on a goal by Victor Crus Rydberg with a two-man advantage while Mathew Campagna put Plymouth ahead 2-1 26 seconds later on the power play.

But the Sting kept battling and was rewarded with the tying goal at 17:48. Zacha took a pass from Kyrou and snapped home a quick wrist shot from the slot. Kevin Spinozzi also assisted on Zacha’s 14th goal of the season.

That set the stage for overtime. Sarnia had a 7-1 edge in shots on goal in the extra session. They were given a power play with just over a minute remaining. The Sting worked the puck around until Korostelev ended the game.

Sarnia finished with a 46-23 edge in shots on goal.

The game marked the return of overage defenceman Josh Chapman, who missed 12 games due to suspension. Chapman made his presence felt early when he was involved in a first period fight and got the better of his opponent.

“We missed him,” said Letowski, when asked about Chapman. “We have a young team and it’s nice to have that veteran presence back in the lineup. I thought he played a good, solid game.”

The Sting concludes the weekend Sunday afternoon when they travel to Windsor to battle the Spitfires. Game time is 2 p.m.

Sarnia will be home twice next weekend as they host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Friday night at 7:05 p.m. and the Guelph Storm Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

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

  • Korostelev was first star with Nedeljkovic second star and Zacha third star.
  • Sarnia improved their home record to 16-10-2-2.
  • The Sting finished with a 4-2 record against the Whalers this season.
  • Sarnia was two-for-four on the power play and Plymouth two-for-five.
  • The Sting has only eight games remaining before playoffs, four at home and four on the road.








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