Zacha Scores Big in Sting Win

November 22, 2015

Written by Carl Chimenti
photos by Metcalfe Photography

Pavel Zacha had a huge night as he continues to shine since his return from the New Jersey Devils training camp. Zacha, scored three times while adding two assists for a five point night - leading the Sarnia Sting to a 6-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs, in front of 2,596 at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Jeff King, continued his torrid scoring with a goal and two assists. Patrick White had a two point night that included a goal and Nikita Korostelev added a single tally. Jakob Chychrun had a pair of assists for the Sting as well.

Justin Fazio, playing in his second game in as many nights saw his shut-out streak end at 179:05, but was solid once again, stopping 32 of 34 shots, for his 12th win of the season.

Johnny Corneil and Anthony DiFruscia scored for the IceDogs.

Niagara carried the play for much of the first period, out shooting Sarnia 13-9, but the Sting grabbed the lead with a pair of goals in less than four minutes for a 2-0 lead.

Pavel Zacha, notched his team leading 10th goal to open the scoring at 7:47, with the Sting on the power play. Jakob Chychrun and Jeff King drew the assists. Zacha let go a hard shot from the slot that beat Dhillon, top shelf.

Sarnia increased the lead by a pair at 11:33 of period one. King continued his hot scoring with his third goal in his last six games, to go along with two assists in as many games. King was trying to pass the puck off to a teammate when the puck hit an IceDogs' player in front and deflected past Dhillon. Jordan Kyrou had the lone assist.

The IceDogs finally beat Fazio late in the opening frame to end his shut-out streak. Johnny Corneil scored his sixth goal with the assists going to Josh Ho-Sang and Aaron Haydon.

After scoring a power play goal in the opening frame Zacha scored his second of the game and 11th of the season with the Sting shorthanded, at the mid-way point of the second period, to re-instate Sarnia’s two goal lead.

After a few minutes of review, it was called a good goal. It was the only goal of the middle frame and the Sting, who were out-shot 11-9 for a second straight period, lead after twenty minutes 3-1.

Fazio was outstanding in the period with several big saves to keep the lead intact. The period ended with a number of players pushing and shoving at centre ice.

Patrick White scored his fifth of the season and Zacha completed his hat trick to round out the Sarnia scoring. Korostelev scored the 6th of the game on power play at 18:25. DiFruscia, scored on the power play for Niagara’s second goal.

Sarnia Sting Notebook:

  • Sarnia was 2/4 on the power play and Niagara went 1/4

  • It was Sarnia’s third win in a row as the Sting ran their season record to 12-7-2.

  • Niagara out shot Sarnia 34-27.

Sarnia will now embark on a eastern road trip with stops in Peterborough (November 26), Ottawa (November 27th) and in Kingston (November 29th). Sarnia’s next home game will be on Friday, December 4th against the North Bay Battalion at 7:05.






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