It was an afternoon to forget at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre as the Sarnia Sting dropped a 5-2 decision to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in front of 2,947 of the Sting faithful.
With the loss, the Sting are now down 2-0 in the series, heading north for Game 3 on Tuesday night at the Essar Centre.
It was another strong outing for Hounds’ goaltender Brandon Halverson as he stole the spotlight, turning aside 39/41 shots in the win. Graham started in goal for the Sting before being relieved at the start of period 3. Justin Fazio finished the game for the home side.
Zachary Senyshyn, who was named the game’s first star, scored the lone goal of period one at 18:22. The lone goal of the stanza was assisted by Hayden Verbeek and Gustav Bouramman.
It was another strong 2nd period showing for the Greyhounds as they tallied 3 in the middle frame to give them a 4-0 lead through 40:00. Katchouk, Gettinger and MacIntyre had a single each.
Anthony Salinitri opened the scoring for the Sting at 6:31 of the third as he jammed home the Jordan Kyrou pass.
The game seemed to be within reach as Matt Mistele scored on the powerplay with 9:00 to go. Pavel Zacha and Travis Konecny drew the helpers.
After a plethora of pressure in the Hounds end, Senyshyn took advantage of a fortuitous bounce and beat Fazio to regain the 3-goal lead.
Despite firing 24 shots in Halverson’s direction in the third period, the Sting were unable to complete the comeback on home ice – dropping the game by a score of 5-2.
Game 3 is set for Tuesday night in Sault Ste. Marie as the Sting look to rebound on the road. Game 4 is slated for Thursday night – and if necessary, the Sting will return home for Game 5 on Saturday, April 2.
The Sarnia powerplay was 1/3 while the penalty kill was a perfect 5/5.
Anthony Salinitri was named the game’s first star
Should the Sting win on Tuesday night, tickets for Game 5 will be on sale starting Wednesday at 9AM.
The Sting were 31/52 in the faceoff dot