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Sting to face elimination with loss to Spirit in game five
andrew brethauer March 30th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Sting will face elimination Saturday night in Saginaw after a 5-2 loss Friday night on home ice put the Sting down three games to two in their best of seven series with the Spirit. 

Dalton Young opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the first period, snapping a wrist shot from the blue line to the top corner of the net by a screened JP Anderson for an early 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later Michael Finn would make it 2-0 after Anderson mishandled a shot, letting the rebound out to Finn who put it past the Sarnia goalie. The Spirit would increase their lead to 3-0 after Brandon Saad fought off a Sarnia defence on a breakaway, and put the shot past Anderson for the third goal of the period.

In the second, the Spirit score quickly again, as Young would get his second of the game off another mishandled rebound by Anderson, as the Spirit lead 4-0 just over a minute into the second period.

Sarnia would finally get their first of the night as Brett Thompson would score on Jake Peterson to cut the lead to 4-1 after two periods.

Thompson would find the net again in the third on the power play after the Sting worked the puck around and Thompson was left alone in front, beating Peterson low to cut the lead in half.

Despite open ice with a 4 on 4 late in the third, and an extra attacker, Sarnia could not get any closer, as Saad would cap off the night with his second of the game with an empty net goal for a 5-2 victory.

JP Anderson made 33 saves in the loss, while Jake Peterson made 31 saves and came up with clutch saves in the first and second period to keep the Sting off the board.

Saginaw leads the best of seven series 3-2, and game six will go Saturday night in Saginaw in a must win for Sarnia.








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