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Yakupov's return can't snap Sting's losing skid
andrew brethauer January 27th, 2012

Ottawa, ON - After missing the last eight games with a knee injury, Nail Yakupov returned to the Sarnia Sting line up Friday night but would be part of the Stings third straight loss, as they fall to the Ottawa 67's 5-2.

Yakupov who has been out since January 5th after suffering the injury in the Gold Medal game of the World Junior Hockey Championship, had a goal but was a minus-1 on the night, while the top prospect looked to be out a form for the most part of the game.

After a scoreless first period, Taylor Fielding would come on a two-on-one break and keep the puck, putting a soft shot five-hole on JP Anderson for the 1-0 lead. The 67's would add to their lead as OHL leading scorer Tyler Toffoli would score his 37th goal of the season, wristing a shot past Anderson for the 2-0 lead. Ryan Spooner would get his 18th of the season for Sarnia to cut the lead before the end of the period.

In the third, Ottawa would put their lead back up to two goals as Cody Ceci would score on the power play with a deflected point shot. Sarnia would respond quickly, as Yakupov would cause a turnover inside the Ottawa zone and put a low shot on Petr Mrazek for a 3-2 game.

24 seconds later though the 67's would get another one back on Anderson, as Mike Cazzola would drop a pass off to Shane Prince and who would beat the goaltender with a long wrist shot. Cazzola would add an empty net goal for his third point of the night, as the 67's top the Sting 5-2.

JP Anderson made 34 saves as the Sting were out shot 42-39. Sarnia had 26 shots in the third period, and could only get 16 on net through the first two periods.

The loss is the third straight for the Sting, who continue on a three game road trip as they will head to Belleville on Saturday night, and finish in Kingston on Sunday afternoon.



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