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Sting Fall to Steelheads

February 10, 2015

February 8, 2015 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Sarnia Sting


The Mississauga Steelheads have scored the third fewest goals in the Ontario Hockey League so far this year.

But one might be surprised with that statistic after the Steelheads rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Sarnia Sting, Sunday afternoon in front of 2,489 fans at the RBC Centre.

Ironically last season in their only appearance in Sarnia, Mississauga notched a 7-3 win.

The Steelheads jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period and held a commanding 5-1 advantage after 40 minutes.

“We didn’t play the game the right way,” said a disappointed Sting head coach, Trevor Letowski. “We just didn’t have that extra gear like in the two Kitchener games. We needed everybody on board with our shorthanded lineup and we didn’t quite have it.”

He added, “I thought we were ready to play. Until they scored a couple of goals, we had chances, but couldn’t score. Even when we were down 2-0 after one period, I was confident we could come back. We had a breakdown and they made it 3-0 early in the second period. That was a big hole.

“At 4-1 we were still showing some push back. But they capitalized on a penalty late in the second period to go up 5-1 and it was pretty much over from there. When you are down 5-1 like that you lose your structure.”

One last thought from Letowski.

“It’s disappointing as our schedule is not kind to us coming up over the next few weeks.”

Sam Babintsev led the Steelheads with two goals and one assist. He was named the game’s first star. Jimmy Lodge also had a pair of goals while Bryson Cianfrone and Stefan Leblanc counted singles.

Scoring for Sarnia were Stephen Pierog (11th), Jordan Kyrou (10th) and Anthony Salinitri (5th). Defenceman Jeff King chipped in with a pair of assists and was the game’s third star.

Sarnia held a 41-28 edge in shots on goal. Cameron Zanussi of Mississauga, who had played in only 14 games and sported a 2-6-1-1 record, was the winning goalie. Taylor Dupuis took the loss.

The Sting again played with only five defencemen and were two players under the limit.

Letowski said they aren’t likely to get any of the five players out of the lineup back anytime soon.

Sarnia was zero-for-three with the man advantage while Mississauga was one-for-two.

Next action for the Sting is Wednesday when they travel to Sault Ste. Marie to battle the Greyhounds. They will also be in Guelph Friday night before hosting the Niagara IceDogs on Saturday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre.

Sarnia will also be home on Monday, Feb. 16th for their annual Family Day Game. The game begins at 2:05 p.m.

Tickets for all remaining home games of the Sting are on sale daily at the RBC Box Office, by calling 519-541-1717 or going online at Sarniasting.com


– The loss was Sarnia’s seventh in their last nine games as they have slipped to seventh place in the Western Conference.

– Sarnia’s overall record falls to 24-21-4-2 and their home record to 14-7-2-2.

– Mississauga and Sarnia split their season series as the Sting won 2-1 in Mississauga earlier this year.

– Sarnia has 17 games left in the regular schedule.

– Not dressed for Sarnia were Josh Chapman, Pavel Zacha, Patrick White, Connor Schlichting and Josh Defarias.

Dave Borody is a freelance writer who covers Sting games both home and away and also does features for the Sting Website.

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Ontario Hockey League Stories from February 8, 2015

  • Generals Win 40th Game of the Season 7-2 over Guelph – Oshawa Generals
  • Rangers Topple Hounds 5-1 – Kitchener Rangers
  • Sting Fall to Steelheads – Sarnia Sting
  • Ottawa Bounces Back, Wins in a Shootout – North Bay Battalion
  • Trout Close out Weekend with 6-3 Win – Mississauga Steelheads
  • 67’s Stage Late Rally to Beat Battalion in Shootout – Ottawa 67’s
  • IceDogs Crush Knights – Niagara IceDogs

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Article source: http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4925081

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