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Sting win first shootout of the season
andrew brethauer December 1st, 2011

Peterborough, ON - It took five chances and seven shooters, but the Sarnia Sting won their first shootout game of the season against the Peterborough Petes 5-4 Thursday Night.

The Sting were again without Nail Yakupov, and picked up their first victory without their top scorer in the line up, despite being outshot 52-29, including 8-0 in the overtime period. Brandon Maxwell made 48 saves in the victory.

Brett Thompson opened the scoring 22 seconds into the game, scoring his 14th of the season for the 1-0 lead. Peterborough would respond as Joey West scored his ninth of the year to tie the game. With his first of the season, Julian Luciani would put Sarnia back in front, but the Petes would get it back while short handed, as Alan Quine made it 2-2 heading into the second.

Another quick goal by Sarnia would be the only goal in the period, as Charlie Sarault would get his 10th of the season 1:30 into the period, as Sarnia was outshot 13-9, but Maxwell made all 13 saves.

In the third, the Petes would get their first taste of the lead, as Nick Ritchie would score 2:27 into the period to tie the game at 3-3, and Stephen Nosad would put Peterborough in the lead four minutes later. But Sarault would get his second of the game two and a half minutes later, sending the game into overtime.

With overtime solving nothing a shootout was needed. Brett Thompson started the scoring for Sarnia, but after a first shot miss by the Petes, Nick Ritchie would get one by Maxwell. Sarnia and Peterborough next five shooters each would miss, but finally Craig Hottot would put it passed Mike Morrison, giving Sarnia the victory.

Sarnia is now 1-4 in the shootouts this season.

The Sting will travel to Oshawa for their Friday game and return home on Sunday to take on Sault Ste. Marie.



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