Travis Konecny received a rare overtime penalty shot and he made good of his opportunity as the Sarnia Sting beat the Saginaw Spirit 4-3, before a big Friday night crowd of 3,702, at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre. The goal was his second point of the game to go along with a first period assist.
It was a back and forth battle between Saginaw and Sarnia with three lead changes in the game before it was decided in the extra session. Charlie Graham was terrific in net for Sarnia, turning aside 30 saves on 33 shots.
Pavel Zacha also had a goal and an assist for Sarnia. Anthony Salinitri and Matt Mistele scored a goal apiece to aid in the win. Jordan Kyrou added a pair of assists.
Mitchell Stephens scored twice for Saginaw and Brady Gilmour rounded out the scoring. Tye Felhaber had two assists. Goaltender Cameron Zanussi played good enough to win as he made 34 saves. Sarnia out shot Saginaw 38-33.
Saginaw went on top with less than 8 minutes to go in the opening period as Mitchell Stephens beat Graham at 12:59 with the assists going to Tye Felhaber and Artem Artemov. Anthony Salinitri got the Sting even less than two minutes later with a goal at 14:41. It was Salinitri 13th of the year, with the assists going to Nikita Korostelev and Travis Konecny. Matt Mistele put the Sting in front for the first time scoring at the 16:00 minute mark with his 29thgoal. Pavel Zacha and Jordan Kyrou drew the assists. That would be the extent of the scoring as Sarnia took a 2-1 lead after one period of play. The shots also favoured Sarnia by a 15-11 margin.
Saginaw tied the game in the second period as Brady Gilmour scored at 6:53, from Mike Davies and Robert Proner. Gilmour’s goal was the only goal of the period as both teams skated into the second intermission tied at 2-2. Saginaw out shot Sarnia 11-9.
It didn’t take long for Saginaw to get on the board in the final stanza as Stephens notched his second goal of the game, 27 seconds into the period. Felhaber registered the assist, his second of the game. Sarnia came right back with a goal of their own as Zacha scored at 1:01 from Kyrou, who had his second assist. The game ended in a 3-3 tie, going into overtime. Sarnia out shot Saginaw 11-7.
- Neither team could muster a power play goal as Sarnia went 0/2 and Saginaw 0/4.
- The three stars were, Konecny with the first star, Zacha was named second star and Stephens of the Spirit the third star.
- The win over Saginaw was the fourth for Sarnia this year against one loss. The two teams will meet one final time next Saturday in Saginaw.
- Sarnia’s next game will be on Tuesday, March 15th as the travel to Guelph to take on the Storm.