Last Thursday night the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds came into the RBC Centre and stung Sarnia with a 5 – 2 victory.
The Sting returned the favour tonight in front of 4.198 fans in Sault Ste. Marie with a dominating 5 – 1 victory.
The Greyhounds, Colin Miller opened the scoring on the power-play (too many men) just 1:39 into the game, however Brandon Maxwell would respond by shuting the door stopping the next 29 shots in a very strong performance.
Jack Nevins netted his first career OHL goal less than a minute later burying a long rebound from the Soo’s net-minder, Matt Murray after a hard shot at the blue-line by Justin Thomas. Justin would collect his first point, an assist, with the Sting.
Nevins played a solid game settling into his gritty role for the Sting with 2 fights against Chad Thibodeau of the Soo, finishing just an assist shy of a Gordie Howe Hat-trick.
The second period was controlled by Sarnia with excellent puck control and outstanding goaltending by Maxwell. Nail Yakupov would score the only goal, the game winner, when he rifled a bullet past Murray from the point on the power play.
Sault Ste. Marie came out strong in the third putting the pressure on Brandon Maxwell with 4 strait scoring chances but the Sting goalie was solid in net.
After withstanding the pressure, 4:01 into the period, Charlie Sarault flew out of Sarnia’s end with the puck, hustled deep into the Soo’s territory drawing their defense and showing amazing vision droped the puck in front of the net for Ludvig Rensfeldt to net his 5th goal of the season.
That would be the goal that took all the wind out of the Hound’s sails.
Yakupov would score his second of the night at 13:35 dancing around the defense into the slot where Murray had no chance.
The final goal would come after the 4th best penalty kill unit in the league successfully killed it’s fourth power play of the night. Alex Basso flew out of the penalty box, joined the rush, took the feed from Alberga, shot a hard low slapshot producing a perfect rebound for Craig Hottot to drive home his 6th goal of the season.
– Charlie Sarault had a huge night with 3 assists, 20 points on the season good enough for 9th in the league.
– 3 stars were all Sting players. 1) Nail Yakupov, 2) Ludvig Rensfeldt, 3) Charlie Sarault
– Nail Yakupov with 2 goals leads the league in scoring with 31 points.
– The Sting have moved up to sixth place in the latest CHL top-10 rankings. Sarnia was ranked eighth in the country in last week's ratings.
– Sting have 2 more away games this week traveling to Saginaw Saturday 7:11 pm then London on Sunday, 2:00 afternoon game and a possible 1st place showdown.
– Former Sarnia Sting Zack MacQueen, of the Windsor Spitfires, has been suspended for 10 games by the OHL for a check he delivered on London's Vladislav Namestnikov on Oct. 23 in Windsor.