Petes Down Sting 4-1 On Sunday Afternoon
By Carl Chimenti
It was Christmas at the Hive, but the Peterborough Petes (14-13-1-2) decided to play scrooge and spoil things as four different players scored and that was enough to beat the Sarnia Sting (14-10-4-2) 4-1, in front of a large crowd of 3,029, Sunday afternoon, inside the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
The annual Christmas at the Hive, presented by Mainstreet Credit Union, had the Sting players all decked out in their Santa Themed Jerseys for the game. The Jersey’s were to be auctioned off live on ice following the game with all proceeds going directly to the INN of the Good Shepherd. The remaining jersey’s will be available for auction online Sunday evening, beginning at 7pm.
Zach Filak scored the only Sarnia goal in the first period, his sixth of the year. The goal was his second in as many games and he now is riding a three game (2-1-3) point streak. Easton Wainwright and Mitch Young drew the helpers. Like Filak, Wainwright also has a current three game (2-3-5) point streak. Young notched his second assist on the season.
Nicholas Surzycia played well, turning away 33 of 37 shots.
The final Peterborough goal came in the third period from Chase Stillman (New Jersey Devils) at 9:17. Sahil Panwar had two assists. Peterborough out-shot Sarnia 37-19.
Both teams went 0/7 on the power-play and the Petes swept the three-star selection with Konnor Smith- third, Stillman-second and Tucker Robertson (Seattle Kraken)- the first star.
Peterborough had the edge in play in the first period out-shooting Sarnia 11-4, but the two teams left the ice after the first twenty minutes tied at 1-1. Sarnia drew first blood as Filak picked up a rebound and cycled the puck in the back of the net, coming around, he was able to score on the wrap-around. The Petes tied the game less than three minutes later on a goal from Jax Dubois at 5:34.
It was a quiet second period with only two minor penalties, one for each team and two goals both for the Petes as they out-shot the Sting for a second straight period 16-5. Robertson scored a short-handed goal at 8:33 and Nick Lardis lit the lamp with an unassisted goal at 13:21.