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Sting drop second game to Otters this month
andrew brethauer December 17th, 2011

Erie, PA -  The Erie Otters haven't found a way to beat the rest of the OHL, but have found a way to once again defeat the Sarnia Sting, picking up a 5-3 victory on Saturday night.

It is the second time this month the Otters, who have the league worst 5-27-11-1 record, have defeated the Sting.

Erie came out of the first period with a 2-0 lead after Connor Brown scored on the power play, followed up by Liam Maaskant near the end of the period.

Sarnia would get a response from Brett Thompson with his 21st of the season on the power play to cut the lead to one, but Erie would restore the two goal lead as Stephen Harper scored his 13th for the 3-1 Otters lead.

Nail Yakupov would score his 21st of the season to again cut the lead in half, as Sarnia would head into the third period down 3-2.

In the third, Jack Nevins would tie the game on the power play, earning his 4th goal of the year. But it would be the power play that would end Sarnia's night, as the Otters would get two goals in the final half of the period, both on the power play to take a two goal lead. Nick Betz would put the Otters ahead and Anthony Cortellessa would get an empty net goal to seal the victory.

Brandon Maxwell made 29 saves in the loss, while Charlie Sarault continues to have an impressive season, picking up three assist on all the Sting's goals.

Sarnia will head to Brampton for a final game before Christmas, and wrap up 2011 with a trip to Sault Ste. Marie and the first of their annual home and home with London on Friday, December 30th.


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