Josh Jacobs scored the game winner at 2:14 in overtime and the Sarnia Sting broke a two game losing skid, beating the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.
The win keeps the Sting in first place in the West Division, one point ahead of the Windsor Spitfires, who beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-2, also on Sunday.
In addition to the game winning goal, Jacobs had an assist and was named the game’s first star.
Nikita Korostelev opened the scoring, setting a Sarnia Sting franchise record for the fastest goal to start a game, at nine seconds, breaking the old mark of 12 seconds, originally set in 1994. Sam Studnicka and Matt Mistele also scored once. Mistele’s goal, late in the third period, tied the game at 3-3, sending it into overtime. Troy Lajeunesse had two assists.
Sarnia had another solid effort in goal as Justin Fazio stopped 19 of 22 shots faced.
Bobby MacIntyre, Liam Hawel and Zachary Senyshyn scored for the Greyhounds, who saw their six game road winning streak come to an end. Brandon Halverson faced 38 shots, allowing four goals.
The Sting offence wasted no time in getting on the score sheet but Sault Ste. Marie responded immediately to tie the score in the opening period. Nine seconds in, Korostelev scores his 17th goal from Troy Lajeunesse and Jeff King. Bobby MacIntyre scored 66 seconds later for the Hounds at 1:15.
Sarnia got a late goal to close out the period with a 2-1 lead. Studnicka got credit for the goal that came at 19:05. Josh Jacobs and Ryan McGregor added the assists.
The Greyhounds tied the game at 5:35 of the second period as Liam Hawel was able to find the back of the net. Makar Tokarev and Gustav Bouramman drew the assists. Zachary Senyshyn, put the Greyhounds in front for the first time, scoring on a breakaway, and Sault Ste. Marie went into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead. The goal came late, at 18:53 and Gabe Guertler had the lone assist.
Mistele’s goal at 12:15 of the third period tied the game for the third time. It was his 27th goal of the year and Travis Konecny had the lone helper. The assist ran Konecny’s point streak to 13 games (9 goals, 14 assists, 23 Points). The goal sent the game into overtime.
- Josh Jacobs was the first star, Brandon Halverson, the second star and Nikita Korostelev was named the third star.
- Both the Sting and the Greyhounds went 0/5 on the power play.
- Sarnia will take on the Barrie Colts next Friday (puck drop 7:05 pm) at the SSEC. It will be the first, of three games in three nights for the Sting. On Saturday night, Sarnia will be in Owen Sound and return home Sunday against the Guelph Storm at 7:05 pm.