Sting feel the bite of the Greyhounds in 6-3 loss

Sarnia Sting now 6 points behind league leading Sault Ste. Marie

Everyone knew it was going to be tough for the Sarnia Sting, looking to gain some ground on the league-leading Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, but it is always difficult playing on the road.

The Sting entered the the Essar Centre after the Hounds got word they were the top dogs in the CHL, and that may have given them the extra adrenaline they needed for Wednesday’s contest. Justin Fazio would make his 148th start in net for Sarnia, making him the all-time leader in games played by a goaltender for the Sting. Too bad he ran up against a red-hot team from the North.

In a change of pace for the Sting, the Soo actually opened up the scoring early in the first with Tim Gettinger putting it past Fazio at 6:26, but the Sting would buzz right back as Hugo Leufvenius would answer at 8:41.

The Sting would kill off three penalties before Gettinger would get his second of the night for the Greyhounds at 15:02 and the Greyhounds would strike again as Boris Katchouk would add another one just 43 seconds later.  Both of the Greyhounds goals were short-handed and took quite a bit of wind out of the Sting’s sails.

Sarnia ran into penalty problems in the second period and that let to the fourth Greyhound goal on the power play as Ryan Roth hit twine to make it a 4-1 game.  The Greyhounds would add two more in the third thanks to Brett Jacklin and Morgan Frost before Sarnia had a puck touch the back of the net on a goal by Anthony Salinitri.  This seemed to rally the troops as Hugo Leufvenius put his second of the night between the pipes.

Things were moving for the Sting but so was the clock and it ran out before Sarnia could do anything else, leaving the final tally at 6-3 for the Soo.  Sarnia now sits six points back of the league leaders but will face the Greyhounds three more times before the end of the season, twice at the Essar Centre—February 17th and March 2nd.  But the hometown crowd can help out the Sting by coming out and cheering on the boys on January 19th when the Hounds come to town.

As for right now, the Sarnia Sting get set for a two back to back games at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Friday (Dec. 8) the Sting host the Erie Otters and then Saturday night (Dec. 9) the Peterborough Petes are in town.  Game time both nights is 7:05 p.m.

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