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Sting Come Up Short in London

january 24, 2015


By DAVE BORODY

LONDON – The Sarnia Sting come up short again against the London Knights.

The Knights won their fifth straight game against the Sting this season with a 6-2 victory, Friday night in front of a sell out crowd of 9,046 fans at the Budweiser Gardens.

The loss dropped Sarnia’s overall record to 22-17-3-2 in the Ontario Hockey League.

The Sting will get more one crack against London when the two clubs meet for the sixth and final time during the regular schedule in late February in Sarnia.

After the teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the opening 20 minutes, London exploded for five goals in the second stanza to take an insurmountable 6-2 advantage after two periods.

The Knights own one of the best home records in the league at 19-5-0-3.

Sting head coach Trevor Letowski expected the game would not be easy.

“We knew it would be a tough night with the injury problems we are experiencing right now. I thought our first period was okay even though we didn’t have the right energy level. Our team play was all right. But things got away from us in the second period and that’s when they put the game away.”

Hayden Hodgson scored his 14th goal and added an assist to lead the Sting scoring. Alex Renaud scored his seventh of the year while Brandon Lindberg and Kevin Spinozzi collected assists.

Scoring for London were Chris Martenet, Owen MacDonald, Max Domi, Chandler Yakimowicz, Aaron Berisha and Mitchell Marner.

The Sting were again missing seven regulars, all due to injuries. They included goalie Justin Fazio, defenceman Connor Schlichting and forwards Noah Bushnell, Troy Lajeunesse, Pavel Zacha, Patrick White and Nikita Korostelev.

Franco Sproviero and Brenden Trottier were up from the Lambton Shores junior B team while Steven Taylor backed up. The Sting played with one player under the limit of 20.

London finished with a 30-23 edge in shots on goal with Michael Giugovaz the winning goalie while Taylor Dupuis took the loss.

Sarnia was one-for-six on the power play and London one-for-three. The Knights also scored a shorthanded goal.

Next action for the Sting comes Saturday night when they host the Windsor Spitfires in their only home game at the RBC Centre. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m. The two teams meet again Sunday night in Windsor.

Letowski knows the importance of the back-to-back games with Windsor.

“They are two big games and we need a big response. We’ve been pretty resilient in that area. But there are some forwards who need to be better. Right now there’s not a lot of accountability with the all the forwards out of the lineup. It’s hard to take away ice time.”

Tickets for Saturday’s game and all remaining home games for the Sting are on sale daily at the RBC Box Office, by calling 519-541-1717 or going online at Sarniasting.com

Sarnia dropped to 9-11-2-0 on the road.
 

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