The Sarnia Sting dropped Game 1 of the best of seven series by a score of 6-3 on Friday night as the Soo Greyhounds jumped out to a 1-0 series lead in front of 4,199 fans at the Sarnia Sports & Entertainment Centre.
Brandon Halverson was stellar in goal for the Greyhounds – turning aside 33 of 36 shots faced. Charlie Graham was in goal for the Sting, stopping 25 of 31.
Travis Konecny opened the scoring for the home team, just 4:29 into the first stanza. The powerplay goal was assisted by Pavel Zacha and Nikita Korostelev.
Kevin Spinozzi made it 2-0 on the second half of the double-minor, finishing off a pretty Jordan Kyrou pass. Josh Jacobs drew the second helper.
Hayden Verbeek scored the lone Greyhounds goal of the period at 11:19. The goal was unassisted.
The Greyhounds took control in the second stanza, scoring four times in the period. Guertler scored twice while MacIntyre and Speers each added singles. Mistele scored the lone Sting goal with the assists going to Zacha and Konecny.
Boris Katchouk rounded out the scoring for Sault Ste. Marie in the third period.
Game two is set for Sunday at 4:05 p.m. as the Sting look to tie up the series. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office between 10 and 2 tomorrow.
The Sting powerplay was 3/5 while the Greyhounds went 1/6
The Sting outshot the Greyhounds 36-31 in the game
Friday’s contest was Jakob Chychrun’s first career OHL playoff game.