The Sarnia Sting were unable to open the second half of the campaign with a win; falling by a score of 4-3 on Wednesday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Aidan Hughes was solid in goal for the Sting; turning aside 36 of 40 shots faced in the contest. Hughes’ 36 save performance included 18 in the first period alone.
Ryan McGregor opened the scoring for the Sting with a powerplay marker coming at 4:36 of the first period. The draft-eligible winger tipped home the Jordan Ernst point shot for his 11th goal of the season. Jordan Kyrou was credited with the second assist on the goal.
With 8:40 remaining in the opening stanza, Jeff King’s 6th of the campaign made it 2-0 for the Sting as his point-shot found its way through traffic and in behind Anthony Popovich.
Albert Michnac, Nick Deakin-Poot and Matt Hotchkiss each tallied for the Storm in the middle frame to give the home side a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.
Jaden Lindo would score in the third period for the Sting to force overtime. The overage winger would capitalize on the Korostelev rebound and tie the game at 3 apiece early in the final period.
In overtime, both Jeff King and Kevin Spinozzi were parked in the penalty box when Matt Hotchkiss picked up his second of the night and the game-winner with the 5-on-3 man-advantage.
- Sarnia was 2/3 with the man-advantage while Guelph was a perfect 2/2
- The Sting were outshot 40-30 in the game
- Adam Ruzicka is representing Slovakia at the World Junior Hockey Championships