Gaudreau Shines as Sarnia Beats Hamilton 3-1
By Carl Chimenti
Ben Gaudreau (San Jose Sharks), displayed his elite talent in goal as he stopped 20 of 21 shots and was named fist star of the game, as the Sarnia Sting ran their season high winning streak to three games, beating the defending Ontario Hockey League champions, Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-1 Saturday afternoon, at the FirstOntario Centre.
The win capped a perfect Halloween weekend for the Sting as they beat Sudbury the night before at home and followed that up with a huge win here in Hamilton to run their season record to 7-4-1-0.
The game was a defensive struggle throughout, as Gaudreau and Hamilton goaltender Matteo Drobac, who finished with 26 saves on 28 shots, kept their respective teams in the game with timely saves. Drobac, was selected as the second star of the game.
Nolan Burke (8), Marko Sikic (3) and Angus MacDonell (7) scored goals for Sarnia. Voit, was selected as the third star with three assists and Marcus Limpar-Lantz added two helpers.
The first period featured two minor penalties and two late goals as Sarnia out-shot Hamilton by a slim 12-11 margin.
Avery Hayes, opened the scoring for the Bulldogs with a power-play goal from Cole Brown and Lucas Moore at 17:53 and Sarnia quickly tied the game 62 seconds later on a nice three-way passing play. Ryan Mast (Boston Bruins) feed Ty Voit (Toronto Maple Leafs) in the slot and Voit immediately found Nolan Burke alone in front and Burke lit the lamp at 18:56 sending the two teams tied at 1-1 after the first twenty minutes of play.
The Sting scored the only goal of the second period as Marko Sikic scored his third goal of the season, on the power-play, picking up a loose puck off a deflection in front and scoring what proved to be the winning goal, with Sarnia enjoying a two-man-advantage at 8:42.
The third period was pretty tame like most of the game until the final couple of minutes. Angus MacDonell, scored the insurance goal on the power-play, into an empty net for the Sting. It was his fourth goal this weekend following his second career OHL hat-trick against Sudbury on Friday night and seventh overall this season.
The game got nasty from there on with some big hits, some roughing and a fight between Hayes and Chandler Romeo at 19:25.
Sarnia Out-shot Hamilton 29-21 and were had a huge margin on the draw, winning 30-20 in the face-off circle.
The Sting scored two power-play goals on five chances and Hamilton scored on their only man-advantage opportunity