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Late Goal Sinks Sting
MARCH 7, 2015


By DAVE PAUL

The Sarnia Sting lost a heart-breaker to an injury-depleted Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds team, Friday night at RBC Centre.
Gabe Guertler scored his second goal of the game with only 1:21 left in the third period to give the Greyhounds a 5-4 win in a hard-fought, and sometimes nasty contest between the West Division rivals.
 


With the win -- in a game that game that featured three fights in addition to a lot of chippiness -- the Greyhounds became the first OHL team to reach 100 points this season.

Playing without stars Nick Ritchie, Darnell Nurse and Justin Bailey, among others, the Greyhounds still looked strong in the early going on Friday, outplaying the Sting in the first period on their way to a 2-0 lead.

They stretched the advantage to 3-0 early in the second period and appeared to be on their way to a relatively easy win over the home team.
But the Sting battled back, starting with a shorthanded goal by Stephen Pierog at 4:38 of the second period.



After nearly scoring a second time on the same penalty kill, the Sting continued to play with inspiration throughout the middle frame.
They outshot the Greyhounds 19-11 in the second period and made it a one-goal game on the power play, just past the 12-minute mark on a Jakob Chychrun power play goal.

The Soo scored another early goal in the third, on the power play, to re-establish a two-goal lead.

But the Sting took advantage of some generous rebounds from Greyhounds goalie Joseph Raaymakers (who looked a bit shaky throughout the game) and tied the contest on goals by Pavel Zacha and Alexandre Renaud.
 


Sarnia applied some pressure and nearly took the lead when Jeff King hit the post on a breakaway with about six minutes left to play.

But they could come no closer to scoring before Guertler's go-ahead goal gave the Hounds the last lead of the game.

Sarnia got a power play chance with 1:10 left in the third when ex-Sting defenceman Anthony DeAngelo fired the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty. But they never really came close to getting the puck past Raaymakers, who made 35 saves for the win. Taylor Dupuis stopped 38 of 43 shots to take the loss.
 


DeAngelo, who had three assists, was named the game's first star, and celebrated by repeatedly pumping his stick in the air as he skated onto the ice to a chorus of boos.

Next action for the Sting is Sunday when Guelph visits the RBC Centre. Game time is 4:05.
 


Post Game Interview with Andy Delmore

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