After falling to the Attack in OT in Sarnia Friday night, the Sting travelled to Saginaw for a matchup with the Spirit on Saturday night. The Sting skated away with a 5-4 shootout victory on the back of Travis Konecny who scored the shootout winner.
Newly acquired goaltender Charlie Graham made his debut for the Sting, and looked sharp making key saves early, and made a possible save of the year stealing one from Dylan Sadowy on the goal line.
Matthew Kreis opened up the scoring in the first 2 minutes of the game for the Spirit, who tested Graham consistently on a very effective penalty kill. The Sting powerplay was busy in the first period having 3 different chances, but came up short going 0/3 on those chances while providing a high percentage of shots and good chances.
The second period is where the game opened up as both teams went back and forth scoring a period total of 6 goals. Patrick White opened the scoring for the Sting scoring the first goal on a penalty shot, followed by a goal from Noah Bushnell just over a minute later. Anthony Salinitri tallied a goal of his own in the second, and finished the game with 2 goals and skated away with first star of the game honours. Both teams had a high amount of scoring chances, but this was a goaltenders game as both teams combined to finish the game with 82 shots.
The third period was an offensive showing for the sting who tested Evan Cormier throughout the period but could not seem to find the back of the net. Salinitri scored the lone goal in the third period which evidently tied the game at 4. Both teams could not score in overtime, so the game went to a shootout. Charlie Graham stood tall for the Sting stopping both shooters, while Pavel Zacha and Travis Konecy scored for the Sting to take the extra point.
Charlie Graham finished the game with 38 saves on 42 shots and held the fort for the Sting in what was a Sting debut to remember. Evan Cormier finished the game with 36 saves on 40 shots and did a good job of shutting down the Sting offense from start to finish.
- The Sting have earned 3 points out of a possible 6 points on this 3 game weekend which wraps up tomorrow afternoon when the Sting take on Sault Ste Marie at 2:07PM.
- Travis Konecny scored the shootout winner for the Sting and has 3 points in 2 games.
- The Sting will return home January 15th to square off against the defending Memorial Cup Oshawa Generals at the SSEC at 7:05PM.