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Sting Stung Erie
MARCH 27, 2015

Courtesy of Sarnia Sting

ERIE, PA - The Sarnia Sting took Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarter-finals in front of 3,132 fans at the Erie Insurance Arena on Thursday night.


Heading into tonight’s match-up, the Sting were deemed the underdogs of the series; competing against the Otters who boast a roster including five 30+ goal scorers, one of which the consensus number one pick for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, Connor McDavid.


It was an excellent road game for the Sarnia Sting, beginning from the opening faceoff. Despite being outshot 15-10 in the opening stanza, the Sting managed to keep Erie’s top guns off the score-sheet and head into the intermission tied 0-0.


At 15:13 of period one, Sting defenceman, Alex Black was handed a 5:00 Major and ejected from the game for boarding.  


In that opening period, Dupuis was the story for the visiting team as he was forced to make a number of key saves, most of which coming on the power play.


It wasn’t until 11:47 of period two that the game saw its first goal; that of which coming off the stick of Otters’ 50+ goal scorer, Alex Debrincat. Nicholas Baptiste and Dylan Strome drew the assists.


The Sting responded with just under 2:30 left in the period as Pavel Zacha ripped a wrister over the glove of Devin Williams after taking a pretty drop pass from fellow rookie, Jordan Kyrou. Kevin Spinozzi was credited with the second assist on Zacha’s first career OHL Playoff goal.


That wasn’t it for second period scoring as Jeff King added a goal with just :03 remaining on the clock. The assists were given to Pavel Zacha and Daniel Nikandrov for the Sting. The goal came on the powerplay with a delayed penalty call on the ice. The Sting would take a one-goal lead and 1:57 of powerplay time with them into the locker-room for the intermission.


Just as the powerplay expired in the final frame, overage centreman Stephen Pierog increased the margin for the Sting with a goal from the right of Williams. Jordan Kyrou picked up his second assist of the night on the goal. Davis Brown was awarded with the second assist.


The Canadian Hockey League’s 5th ranked team battled back though, as Remi Ellie scored to pull the Otters back within one with 8:58 remaining on the clock.


It was a nail-biter right down to the finish as Dupuis was forced to make some big saves with the Otters’ goalie pulled. The overage net-minder was named the game’s first star, making 32 saves in the win for Sarnia.


Devin Williams started Game 1 for the Otters, making 29 saves in the loss.


The Sarnia Sting and the Erie Otters are back at it tomorrow night at the EIA, beginning at 7:00PM.

The two teams return to the RBC Centre on Sunday afternoon for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. Tickets for Game 3 and Game 4 are still available while quantities last.

The Box Office will be open Friday/Saturday from 9-5PM and Sunday starting at 9AM. To purchase tickets, go online at or stop by the Box Office, or call (519) 541-1717.


  • Zacha picked up two points (1G 1A) in his first career OHL playoff game.

  • Rookie, Jordan Kyrou added 2A for the Sting, ultimately setting up Pierog’s game-winning goal.

  • The Sting were 1 / 2 with the extra attacker, while the Otters finished 1/3 including an unsuccessful 5:00 powerplay

  • Not in uniform for the Sting: Jakob Chychrun, Connor Schlichting, Brandon Lindberg, Matteo Ciccarelli, Josh De Farias, Franco Sproviero, Brenden Trottier, Chase Campbell

  • After taking a hard hit from Alex Black, Nick Betz went to the dressing room and didn’t return for the Otters.










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