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Sting Record First Win against Steelheads

October 5, 2014
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October 5, 2014 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Sarnia Sting

MISSISSAUGA – It took a little longer than expected, but the Sarnia Sting has their first victory of the season in the Ontario Hockey League.

Thanks to the two-goal goal effort from rookie, Jakob Chychrun, the Sting posted a 2-1 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads, Sunday afternoon in front of 1,579 fans at the Hershey Centre.

“That was by far the best feeling I’ve ever had,” said Chychrun, when asked about his first career OHL goal. “But I knew there was a lot more game to play. I knew I couldn’t get too high.”

But when he scored his second goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, Chychrun admitted that was a good feeling as well.

“It was a big one for us, not only to get the lead back, but we were able to hold it the rest of the way. Daniel (Nikandrov) won the draw and Josh (Chapman) made a great pass. I just wanted to get the puck on net.”

Chychrun, who was named the game’s first star, said the win was a big one.

“We’ve had some tough games to open the season. We haven’t got a lot of bounces. But we battled through some adversity today. We came together and it paid off with two points.”

Sting head coach Trevor Letowski said he had a sneaky feeling Chychrun would have a big game.

“The thing I like the most about Jakob is he wants to win so bad. He doesn’t care about points. I knew he would have a big game today.”

Chychrun, the first overall pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Draft, also has three assists to give him five points in fives games.

“Right now I’m just trying to focus on the little things. The coaching staff keeps telling me you don’t have to be a hero. I’m trying to simplify my game and work together with my team-mates to win games.”

The Sting played with two players under the limit, (16 skaters and two goalies), after two more players were suspended after the Erie game Saturday night.

Forward Hayden Hodgson was handed a match penalty for intent to injure during a third period melee. He is suspended indefinitely.

Defenceman Anthony DeAngelo received a game misconduct at the conclusion of the game after he had words with the referee.

The Sting thought that forward Pavel Zacha would also be suspended after receiving a five-minute major and game misconduct for a second fight on the same stoppage of play.

But after the Sting spoke with league officials Sunday morning, the game misconduct was rescinded and he was allowed to play against Mississauga.

Already suspended is forward Noah Bushnell, who has five more games to go on a 10-game suspension he picked up in pre-season.

Currently out on the injured list are overage goalie Taylor Dupuis, defencemen Alex Black and Connor Schlichting and forward Matt Ciccarelli.

“It was a gutsy effort from the boys,” said Letowski. “Not only was it our third game in two and a half days, but we had two big pieces out on suspension. We’ve been grinding hard, but didn’t have any success. We needed a win and the players responded.”

He added, “Our power play wasn’t great, but five-on-five we played exceptional. Give the players credit, they answered the bell.”

Letowski knows it’s only one win, but one the team needed.

“We’ve been confident in what we’ve been trying to accomplish and what we are doing. It’s a process, but it does feel good to get that monkey off our backs. It will make us practice better this week.”

The team presented the game puck to Sting general manager, Nick Sinclair for his first career OHL victory.

The teams traded goals in the opening period.

Sarnia’s goal came shorthanded at 14:55 as Chychrun took a pass from Brandon Lindberg and drilled a slapshot into the top corner of the net.

But just 38 seconds later, Mississauga tied the game while still on the power play as Bobby MacIntyre wristed home a low shot from the face-off circle.

The Sting got the only goal of period two at 13:38 when Chychrun notched his second of the game on another rocket slapshot from the point. Chapman and Nikandrov drew assists.

Both teams traded scoring chances in the third period, but the Sting was able to close the door, including the final minute after Mississauga pulled their goalie and Sarnia was shorthanded. The Steelheads did not get a shot on goal.

Justin Fazio provided a solid effort in goal for the Sting stopping 24 of 25 shots he faced. The Sting fired 32 shots at veteran Spencer Martin.

Fazio has played all five games so far with veteran Taylor Dupuis out with an injury.

“We know Justin is a competitor and it wasn’t easy for a goalie to play three games in three days,” said Letowski. “I love Justin’s mentality. He’s not fancy, he just stops the puck and gives us a chance to win.”

The Sting returns home for a pair of games this weekend. They host the Saginaw Spirit Friday night and the Windsor Spitfires Saturday night. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre.

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

STING NOTES

– Chychrun was first star with MacIntyre second star and Sean Day of the Steelheads third star.

– Sarnia’s record is now 1-3-1-0. Four of the five games have been on the road.

– The Sting went zero-for-six on the power play while Mississauga was one-for-six.

– -With DeAngelo suspended, the Sting went with just five defencemen. Chychrun, Chapman, Kevin Spinozzi, Jeff King and Zachary Core were all solid.

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

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