The Sarnia Sting travelled to London Friday afternoon for the first half of a home and home against the rival London Knights. The Knights prevailed with the 4-3 win in Overtime lead by Max Jones who scored the overtime winner on New Year’s Eve.
This was the first time the Sting and Knights have met this season. The game was fast paced, and physical from whistle to whistle. London scored the first goal of the game just over 5 minutes into the first period. Mattinen added a goal on the powerplay that did not seem to generate much after that against the stellar Sting penalty kill. Nikita Korostelev scored the lone goal for the Sting in the first period. Korostelev has 6 goals in his last 9 games.
The second period seemed to follow the first period with both teams providing excellent scoring chances at either ends of the rink. Patrick White scored the lone goal in the second period assisted by Chmelvski and King on what was a pretty passing play that ended with a goal to tie the game at 2.
Matt Mistele gave the Sting the 3-2 lead just 3 minutes into the third period. The third period provided lots of offense from both teams, who were hungry to take the first game of the battle of the 402. The Knights answered shortly after Owen MacDonald snuck one short side on Kaden Fulcher, who was looking for his third consecutive win. Max Jones provided the OT winner for the Knights who skated away with the extra point. Jakob Chychrun took home second star honours.
Kaden Fulcher stood tall making key saves when needed, and kept the Sting in the game making 26 saves on 30 shots. Brendan Burke provided the Knights with consistent goaltending throughout the game making 23 saves on 26 shots.
- The Sting will look for redemption when the Knights travel to the SSEC on January 2nd at 7pm
- Nikita Korostelev scored his 6th goal in his last 9 games