Saturday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena and you know what that means, Sarnia Sting hockey action. The Sting faced the Erie Otters who are looking to secure a playoff spot. Rookie Ethan Langevin would get his first OHL start in net for the Sting. After backing up Aidan Hughes against Flint on Friday night the former Pickering Panther would now get his feet wet starting in the OHL.
Langevin was tested early in the game and handled himself very well, playing stand up and challenging oncoming shooters, but a bad turn over right in front of him allowed Troy Lajeunesse, a former member of the Sting, to drive a hard shot past him to open the scoring. It would take the Sting five minutes before they could tie things up with a goal by Brayden Guy. Guy, a member of the rookie line, would take the feed from Jamieson Rees, to tie the game.
One thing the Otters did well all night was create traffic in the slot area and force turnovers. A hard hit on Rees from Erie’s Gera Poddubnyi had Rees crumpled on the ice. That was not to be taken lightly by Guy and he and Poddubnyi decided to drop the gloves resulting in both serving minor and major penalties.
With just over six minutes into the third period, Erie forward Ivan Lodnia would again capitalize on a bad turn over in the neutral zone and send one past Langevin. The Sting would pull Ethan with just under two minutes left to play for the extra attacker, and it looked like the strategy would pay off. With 45 seconds to play the Sting would trip the red light behind the Otters goal. Upon review, though the goal was waved off. That would give the Erie Otters the 2-1 victory.
Even with the loss, Ethan Langevin had a great game against a very hard playing Erie team. Langevin would stop 24 of 26 shots and earn himself the third star of the game.
Sunday afternoon the Sting welcome the Flint Firebirds to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Game time is 2:05 p.m.