Sarnia Sting Lost in Erie

November 1, 2015

by Carl Chimenti

Halloween night certainly brought out a strange tilt between the visiting Sarnia Sting and the host Erie Otters.


Erie’s high powered offence proved that they didn’t need many chances; ousting the Sarnia Sting 4-2, at the Erie Insurance Arena.


The Otters, came into the game as the second best offensive team with 60 goals, behind only the London Knights (71) - against a Sarnia team that was the third stingiest defense in the OHL, allowing a total of only 39 goals, so something had to give.


On top of that Sarnia limited Erie to just 22 shots, while out shooting the Otters 32-22 in the contest. Aiden Hughes got his second start making 18 saves and played well enough. Devon Williams had 30 saves for Erie.


Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist to lead the way for Erie. Jake Marchment, Nick Betz and Taylor Egan rounded out the scoring for the Otters, with one each.


Erie swept the three star selections with Williams the third star, Egen, the second star and DeBrincat as the number one star.


Erie took advantage of their opportunities scoring twice each in the opening two frames before allowing Sarnia two third period goals of their own, late in the game.


Josh Jacobs with his first and Brandon Lindberg netted his second of the year, 74 seconds apart, with less than two minutes left in the game. Hayden Hodgson drew the assist on Jacob’s goal, firing the shot on goal that gave Jacobs a fat rebound with Williams out of position. Ryan McGregor had the lone assist on Lindberg’s goal that came with just 3.3 seconds left in the game.


Erie jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead. Despite the score, it was an evenly played opening 20 minutes.

Betz scored the first goal, even strength at 7:06. Travis Dermott dropped the pass for Betz and he want in alone and beat Hughes on the glove side. Kyle Maksimovich, also assisted on the play.


The Otters increased their lead to 2-0 on a power play goal from Marchment after he received a centering pass from behind the net, with less than six minutes to go in the opening frame.


Sarnia had two excellent chances to score but a great save from Williams who stopped a Pavel Zacha shot following a 3 on 1 chance. The goalies best friend prevented the second chance as Chase Campbell’s shot rang off the cross bar. Both teams had 11 shots on goal in the first.


For a second straight period the Otters added another pair of goals and stopped three scoring chances for the Sting.


Egan, netted his first career OHL goal early on, blasting a point shot that eluded Hughes. DeBrincat added the only assist. The score went to 4-0 Erie following a tally from DeBrincat, who scored his league leading 17th goal.


Salinitri had a good chance in front for Sarnia, but he was late getting off a shot with an open net and the Otters were able to get in front, deflecting the opportunity to the side of the net.


Later on in the middle period Daniel Nikandrov was denied with another blocked shot from Erie defenders, while the Sting were shorthanded.


Sarnia was 1/2 on the power play and Erie was 1/3 with the man advantage.


The loss against the Otters is the second in as many meetings after Erie beat Sarnia in the home opener 5-4.


Sarnia is currently 1 and 2 on the four game road trip and will finish things off Wednesday, November 4th in Owen Sound against the Attack. They will open a two game home stand on Friday night, November 6th, as the Flint Firebirds, formally the Plymouth Whalers, make their initial appearance at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre. On Sunday night, the Saginaw Spirit will be on hand to close out the Weekend.







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