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Sting woes continue with seventh loss in eight games
andrew brethauer January 8th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Sting keep slipping in the wrong direction, as a 2-1 loss Sunday afternoon to the Plymouth Whalers marks the seventh time in their last eight games the Sting have come out without a point.

"I thought we out played them," said Sting Head Coach Jacques Beaulieu. "The kids deserved a better fate tonight. Wedgewood is a heck of a goalie, that's why he is on Team Canada and he made some big saves at the right time."

Scott Wedgewood stopped 28 of 29 shots the Sting put on net, only allowing a power play to Alex Basso midway through the first period as the Sting lead after the first 1-0.

With four minutes remaining in the second, Alex Aleardi was able to put in a rebound shot that squeaked through the pads of a sprawling JP Anderson to tie the game at one.

In the third Mitchell Heard would snap a wrist shot high on Anderson to give the Whalers their first lead, and ultimately the game winner.

Sarnia started off the weekend with a shutout in Erie who sits in last place in the OHL. The rest of the weekend went sour against two of the top teams in the league, giving Sarnia a taste of what playoff weekends will be like.

"I think Niagara will probably end up at the top on that side and I think Plymouth will end up on the top on our side," said Beaulieu. "We played them tight, we didn't give them much. We just got to score timely goals."

Sarnia had chances in the third to tie the game, as three penalties gave the Sting eight minutes on the man advantage. Despite the extra man, Sarnia could not get shots through to the net, and those that did were turn aside by Wedgewood. Sarnia's newest additions featured heavily on the power play, and with only one practice together, the team has some chemistry issues to work through.

Sarnia currently sits in 2nd in the West Division, 14 points behind Plymouth and 4th in the Western Conference. Sunday's game starts a five game home stand, as the Sting host Mississauga Friday and Kingston on Saturday.



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