It was not easy, but Sarnia prevailed in a wide open offensive tilt, holding on to a 6-5 win over the Peterborough Petes, in front of 3,061, fans at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre Saturday night.
It was the kind of game that fans enjoy, but one that will give grey hairs to the coaches. Sarnia had a two goal lead four times in the contest, only to see Peterborough pull to within one goal each time. In the end, goaltender Justin Fazio was able to close out the win, stopping 19 of 24 shots for the Sting.
Travis Konecny had his third multi-point game since joining the Sting, with two goals and two assists. In his nine game stint with Sarnia, Konecny has been on fire with 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points. Josh Jacobs, had a goal and an assist, while Brandon Lindberg, Jordan Kyrou and Sam Studnicka scored a goal apiece. Patrick White and Noah Bushnell contributed a pair of assists each.
Brandon Prophet had a goal and 2 assists and Jonathan Ang added a goal and an assist to pace Peterborough. Matthew Timms, Greg Betzold and Hunter Garlent also scored once. Dylan Wells was in net for the Petes turning aside 28 shots. Sarnia out shot Peterborough 34-24.
After a near scoreless opening period, Lindberg let a shot go from the slot that found the back of the net. The goal was Lindberg’s 7th of the year and the assists went to Patrick White and Noah Bushnell. The goal was Lindberg’s 70th career point in the OHL and for Bushnell, his assist was career point number 40. Sarnia out shot Peterborough 8-5 in the period.
The second period was the complete opposite as Konecny struck quickly, 42 seconds in. The goal was unassisted. Peterborough, scored their first goal shortly after as Garlent notched his 25th, from Cornel and Coyle at the 3:15 mark. Jacobs restored the Sting two-goal lead, three minutes later at 6:15, with both White and Bushnell assisting on the goal.
Kyrou made it 4-1 with a goal from in front. The assists went to Zacha and Konecny.
Ang continued the scoring parade pulling the Petes within a pair at 14:01, with Dominik Masin assisting. Peterborough tightened things up with a late goal in the final minute as Timms made it 4-3, on the power play, from Ang and Brandon Prophet. Sarnia once again out shot Peterborough, this time by a 17-13 count. Each team scored three goals in the middle frame.
As the third period got under way, the scoring continued. Sarnia opened up a two goal margin for the third time in the game only to see Peterborough come back with another tally. The Sting goal came with the man advantage, as Konecny scored at 3:04. Jacobs and Kevin Spinozzi drew the assists.
Prophet scored unassisted for the Petes five minutes later to make it a 5-4 game. The two teams then exchanged goals once again as Sarnia scored a second power play goal. Studnicka netted the goal at 11:52. Konecny and Jakob Chychrun drew the assists. Betzold got it back 41 seconds later, from Prophet and Adam Timleck. However, Fazio shut the door and the Sting held on for a hard fought win and an important two points.
- Both Jakob Chychrun and Jordan Kyrou, will represent the Sarnia Sting, at the annual, BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver, BC., next Thursday (January 28th).
- The three stars in order: Star number 1 Daniel Nikandrov, Star number 2 Travis Konecny, Star number 3 Josh Jacobs.
- Sarnia went 2/3 on the power play and Peterborough was one for four.
- Sarnia wraps up this weekend’s action traveling to London, Sunday afternoon (2pm puck drop), against the Knights. It will be the fourth meeting between the two teams this season.