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Sting Outlast the Storm

january 11, 2015


By DAVE PAUL
 


Two nights after scoring a dramatic game-winning goal in the dying seconds to beat Erie, Sting rookie star Jakob Chychrun was at it again, Saturday.

This time, Chychrun scored on a spectacular end-to-end rush, splitting the defence and flipping the puck high into the net as he fell to his knees, providing the insurance marker in the Sting's 5-3 win over Guelph.

It was an incredible goal and a very timely one, coming just 30 seconds after the Storm had scored to make the score 4-3. And, with nearly 10 minutes left to play in the third period, and Guelph pressuring Sarnia, it appeared that the Sting were going to be in tough to hold their lead against the defending OHL champs.

 



The victory gave the Sting 44 points on the season and moved Sarnia to within three points of the fourth place team in the conference -- the Guelph Storm. Saturday's game was a possible playoff preview and home ice advantage in the first round will go to the team which finishes fourth in the conference.
 


The Sting fell behind 1-0 early in this game, but "stormed" back with four straight goals -- three in the first period and one early in the second.
Davis Brown got Sarnia on the board with an unassisted shorthanded goal. Daniel Nikandrov put Sarnia ahead, then Brown scored again for the Sting.
 


That led to Guelph goalie Justin Nichols being pulled in favour of backup Bradley Van Schubert. Nichols seemed to be fighting the puck and actually got a piece of all three Sarnia shots that led to goals, but allowed them to squeak past him.

The Storm actually outshot the Sting 17-9 in the first period (and 39-32 overall) but Sting goalie Justin Fazio was strong -- and at times acrobatic -- in holding the Storm attack at bay. He, and the Sting,  were also fortunate -- the Storm hit the post five times during the game.

 



Guelph was playing without its best player, Robby Fabbri, who was injured while playing for Canada at the World Jr. Championships.
But the Storm still has plenty of firepower and a power play goal late in the second period by Tyler Bertuzzi gave them hope heading into the third.
Luke Cairns scored for Guelph midway through the third, cutting the Sting lead to 4-3, and setting up Chychrun's heroics.

Chychrun, 16, had been named one of the team's assistant captains, prior to Saturday night's game. Stephen Pierog was also named a Sting alternate captain.

Post game interviews



The Sting are now off until Thursday when they host Kitchener. Plymouth visits on Friday, while the Sting will play at London on Saturday.

 


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