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Sarnia Sting Lost Friday Night in London

january 3, 2015



LONDON – Anytime you can score six goals at the Budweiser Gardens, the chances of getting at least one point are pretty good.


But that wasn’t the case Friday night as the Sarnia Sting dropped an 8-6 decision to the London Knights in front of 9.046 fans.


The Sting held a 2-1 lead after one period before London bounced back to hold a 4-2 advantage after 40 minutes.


Sarnia fought back in period three with three goals in four minutes to tie the game at 5-5. But the Knights scored a pair of goals a minute apart midway through the period and that was the difference.


“It was a funny game,” admitted Sting head coach Trevor Letowski. “We had a great first period, but we couldn’t spread the lead. We backed off a bit in the second period and allowed London to take that period.


“But I thought we were the better team in the third period. I was really happy the way we pushed back coming from a three-goal deficit to tie the game. We kept fighting, but unfortunately couldn’t get any points out of it.”


He added, “it’s not often you can generate 48 shots in this building. But our problem was we couldn’t contain their top line. We didn’t have an answer for them. Mitch Marner is on top of his game right now and we couldn’t stop him.”


The line of Marner, Matt Rupert and Christian Dvorak combined for 17 points.


Sarnia outshot the Knights 48-32.


The Sting outshot London 20-7 in the opening period and it resulted in a 2-1 lead for the visitors.


Sarnia opened the scoring at 1:16 when Hayden Hodgson deflected home a point drive form Alex Black. Stephen Pierog also assisted on Hodgson’s 12th goal of the year.


After London tied the game at 4:44 with Josh Sterk’s power play marker, the Sting regained the lead at 7:46 when Jakob Chychrun drilled home a slapshot from the left point. Troy Lajeunesse drew the lone assist on Chychrun’s sixth goal of the season.


The Sting had a couple of glorious scoring chances early in the second period, but was unable to finish.


It would come back to haunt them.


London tied the game at 12:44 when Zack Grzelewski scored from the slot and less than a minute later took their first lead at 3-2 when Rupert scored from close range. On both goals, Sarnia had the puck, but turned it over.


The Knights went up 4-2 at 18:11 when Rupert scored his second of the game on the power play.


London appeared to take an insurmountable lead when they went up 5-2 two minutes into period three on a goal by Dvorak.


However the Sting stormed back with three goals in just over four minutes.


Alex Renaud banged home pass out from Brenden Trottier at 4:01; Davis Brown poked home a loose puck at 5:48 while Stephen Pierog scored a power play goal at 8:07.


London restored their lead at 10:12 when Rupert scored this third of the game while a minute later Marner made it 7-5.


Sarnia kept fighting and trimmed the margin to 7-6 when Brown scored his second of the game with 20.6 seconds remaining in regulation time.


But Marner iced the game scoring into an open net with 4.9 seconds left.


The Sting again played with 19 players, one under the limit.


Not dressed were Josh Chapman, Jeff King, Connor Schlichting, Pavel Zacha, Patrick White, Matt Ciccarelli and Nikita Korostelev.


There were three junior B call-ups, Jake O’Donnell (Sarnia Legionnaires), Brenden Trottier (Lambton Shores) and Franco Sproviero (Lambton Shores).


For Sproviero it was his first OHL game. The defenceman was the team’s seventh round draft pick, (141st overall) in the 2014 draft.


Michael Giugovaz was the winning goalie while Taylor Dupuis took the loss.


Next action for the Sting is Saturday night when they travel to Saginaw to battle the Spirit.


Sarnia’s next home game is Thursday night when they host Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre. It is the second and final visit of the season for the Otters.


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


  • London was two-for-two on the power play. They finished six-for-six over the past two games against the Sting. Sarnia was one-for-four with the man advantage.

  • The overall record for the Sting is 18-15-1-2.

  • Sarnia is now 8-9-1-0 on the road.

  • The Sting and Knights play three more times this season.






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