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Sting return home with offensive burst against Knights
andrew brethauer February 20th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Sting had spent nine of their last ten games on the road, but returned home for a 6-2 victory over the London Knights in an afternoon game at the RBC Centre on Monday.

It didn't take long for the Sting to go ahead on the Knights, as two power plays scored in similar fashion would see Sarnia take a 2-0 lead midway through the period. Brett Thompson would score his 26th of the season, sliding a slow puck on net under the pads of Knights goalie Michael Houser. Ryan Spooner would score the same way, as a loose puck would get under Houser's pads, for the second power play goal.

London would be able to cut the lead nearing the end of the period as Max Domi would pick up a rebound and get it past JP Anderson for a 2-1 Sting lead after the first twenty.

It would only take Sarnia 58 seconds to restore their two goal lead in the second period as Connor Murphy blasted a shot from the point to make it a 3-1 game.

London would again cut the lead down to one as Josh Anderson scored his 10th, but a minute later, Thompson would score his second of the game, putting Sarnia up 4-2 after two periods.

In the third, Nail Yakupov who has not played on home ice for over two months would score his 27th of the season for a 5-2 Sarnia lead.

Daniel Nikandrov, who has played out this season with the Sarnia Legionnaires Junior B team, would score his first OHL goal while short handed, rounding out the Sarnia scoring in the 6-2 victory.

JP Anderson would make 20 saves for his 21st victory of the season, and 6th as a member of the Sting.

The victory keeps Sarnia in fifth place in the Western Conference, two points behind Owen Sound and one point up on Saginaw.

Sarnia will head back to the road on Wednesday to take on Owen Sound, but will return home next week for a Friday game against Windsor and a Saturday game against Guelph.



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