Sarnia Sting lose to London Knights, 6-2

Early lead too much to overcome

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London scored three times in the opening period and the lead was too much to overcome as the Sting suffered their third loss to the Knights 6-2, in front of 4,330, Thursday night, at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Christian Dvorak had a hat trick, as part of a four point effort to power the Knights to their fourth win in a row. Mitch Marner, produced a pair of goals along with an assist and Daniel Bernhardt also scored once. Matthew Tkachuk and Aaron Berisha, chipped in with three helpers each.

Tyler Parsons stopped 26 of 28 for London. Sarnia out shot London 28-26. Patrick White and Ryan McGregor scored for Sarnia. Charlie Graham went the distance for the Sting in net.

After an evenly played first half of the opening period, the London Knights reeled off three straight goals in the final ten minutes and skated off with a big lead after the first period of play. Christian Dvorak opened the scoring at 10:02 from Aaron Berisha. Four minutes later the Knights struck again at 14:12, on a goal from the slot by Daniel Bernhardt with the assists going to Berisha and Olli Juolevi. It went to 3-0 at 18:22, as Mitchell Marner scored from in front of the net.

Dvorak scored his second of the contest in the second period on the powerplay at 5:57, but the Sting got on the board less than two minutes later as Patrick White scored his 11th of the year, from Travis Konecny and Jeff King. Marner, then scored his second of the night with the Knights on the man advantage, to increase the London lead to 5-1. The goal came late at 15:31, and the Knights skated into the second intermission with a comfortable 5-1 lead.

McGregor pulled Sarnia to within three goals with an unassisted goal at 6:16 of the third period. Dvorak scored his third of the night to wrap up the scoring at 16:13.

Sting Notebook:

  • The three stars in order were number #1 Christian Dvorak, number #2 Mitch Marner, and number #3 star was Aaron Berisha.
  • London had the only special team goals, going 2/3 on the power play. Sarnia was 0/2.
  • Sarnia had three of it’s current players listed on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft. Alternate Captain and defensemen, Jakob Chychrun was ranked second, forward Jordan Kyrou, was listed at number 45 and forward Anthony Salinitri was ranked at 126. Highly touted Finland, Patrik Laine, who the Sting selected 24th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft, was ranked third among International Skaters. Three other players that have ties to the Sting organization that were ranked included Luke Kunin (2013 OHL Priority Selection), ranked #16th, Mitch Eliot (2014 OHL Priority Selection), ranked #89 and Graham McPhee (2014 OHL Priority Selection), was listed at number #92. The NHL Entry Draft takes place in Buffalo, New York, the weekend of June 24 and 25.

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