Despite carrying the play for the better part of 60 minutes, the Sarnia Sting dropped a 5-2 decision to the Saginaw Spirit on Wednesday night at the Dow Event Center.
Former Spirit Devon Paliani opened the scoring for the Sting just 3:36 into the opening frame. Paliani took a pass from Sam Studnicka, walked off the half-wall and beat Cormier over the glove.
With just over five minutes remaining in the period, Kirill Maksimov’s scored the first of four unanswered goals before the intermission. Matthew Kreis, Kris Bennett and Tye Felhaber each added a first period tally.
Not for a lack of chances, the Sting were only able to get one back in the second period – this time off the stick of Sting Captain Sam Studnicka. Travis Konecny and Jakob Chychrun were credited with the assists on the powerplay marker. The Sting outshot Saginaw 14-9 in the second period.
The third stanza was much of the same. The Sting fired 10 shots in Evan Cormier’s direction compared to the two that Graham faced in the period. Will Petschenig added an empty net goal for the Spirit with 1:02 remaining in the game.
The Sting are back in action on Friday night at the SSEC when they play host to the visiting Flint Firebirds at 7:05 p.m. Fans in attendance will go home with a collectable 2016 team poster. The club is also home to the Soo Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon at 2:05. Tickets for kids (12 & under) are just $6 on Sundays.
- The final Shots on Goal were 34-23 in favour of the Sting
- The Sting powerplay was 1/3 (Studnicka – Konecny, Chychrun)
- The Sting penalty-kill was 3/3
- Troy Lajeunesse was stopped on a penalty shot in the second period
- The Sting remain 3 points ahead of Windsor for first in the OHL’s West Division