The Sarnia Sting dropped a nail-biter at the Sarnia Sports & Entertainment Centre on Tuesday night; falling 4-3 to the Greyhounds in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarter-final in front of a capacity crowd of 4,567.
The loss ends the post-season for the Sting, who had ended the regular season on the top of the Western Division of the OHL.
Despite firing 39 shots in the direction of Brandon Halverson, the Sting were unable to capitalize in the closing minutes to tie the game. Halverson was named the game’s first star.
The Sting struck first as Anthony Salinitri fired home his first on the post-season. Troy Lajeunesse and Nikita Korostelev were credited with the assists.
Gabe Guertler tied the game before the end of the opening frame as his shot found its way through the pads of Graham. The Sting held a 13-7 advantage on the shotclock in the first period.
The teams exchanged goals in the second stanza as MacIntyre gave the Hounds their first lead of the game at 12:57. Zacha responded with a powerplay goal at 16:21 to send the game into the third tied at 2’s. Lajeunesse and Chychrun were credited with the assists on Zacha’s 6 of the post-season.
The momentum shifted in the Greyhounds’ favour as Blake Speers gave them the lead just :27 into the final stanza. At 7:40, Katchouk extended their lead with the eventual game-winning goal.
Troy Lajeunesse scored at 17:51 to give the Sting a shot at tying it, but despite constant pressure they were unable to solve the Rangers prospect, Brandon Halverson.
- The Sting were 1/3 with the man advantage and 1/1 on the penalty kill
Anthony Salinitri was named the game’s third star
The Sting outshot the Hounds 39-17 in the contest