Sarnia Sting Rookie Shines in Friday Night Win Against the Soo

October 17, 2015

by Carl Chimenti
photos by Metcalfe Photography


Sasha Chmelevski found the front of the net to his liking.

Sarnia’s number one pick (10th overall) in the 2015 OHL Priority Draft lit the lamp three times in the second period - and all three of the goals were scored from in front of Greyhounds goaltender Brandon Halverson, as the Sting beat the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5-2, at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Alex Black had a goal and an assist, while Noah Bushnell and Josh Jacobs contributed a pair of assists each as Sarnia ran their season record to 6-2-1, good enough for second place, just one point behind West Division leader, the Windsor Spitfires. 

Justin Fazio picked up his sixth win of the season stopping 23 of 25 shots. Hayden Verbeek scored both goals for the Greyhounds.

After Alex Black put the Sting in front with the only goal of the first period, Chmelevski went to work in the middle period.

His first goal was a power play marker, from his back hand at the 2:50 mark with Jacobs and Nikita Korostelev drawing the helpers.

Goal number two came 6:02 directly in front, fighting off the Greyhound defenders. The assists were awarded to Black and Bushnell.

The hat trick goal came at 9:58 as he knocked in his own rebound to give Sarnia a 4-0 lead that they never relinquished. Bushnell and Patrick White had the helpers.

Verbeek closed out the second period scoring at 17:51. The Kingston, Ontario native sliced the Sting lead in half with his second of the night at 9:10 of the third period, but that was as close that Sault Ste. Marie would get.

Zacha added the fifth Sarnia goal at 14:13 and Fazio did the rest in closing out the game and the win.

Sarnia was 1 for 2 on the power play while Sault Ste. Marie failed to score in three tries with the man advantage.

Bushnell was the third star, Verbeek the second star and Chmelevski was named star number one.

The Sting are back in action at home Sunday night (7:05 pm start) against the Mississauga Steelheads.






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