Sarnia Falls One Goal Short Losing To Sudbury 3-2
By Carl Chimenti
The Sarnia Sting (26-16-4-2) scored one goal in the third period but could not get the equalizer as they fell 3-2 to the Sudbury Wolves (20-21-5-2), Friday night at the Sudbury Community Arena.
Zach Filak scored the lone goal in the third period from Luca DelBelBelluz (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Marko Sikic, early on at 5:13 to slice the deficit to one goal and despite out-shooting the Wolves in the final period 13-4, they could not beat goaltender Nate Krawchuk the rest of the way. Krawchuk stopped 24 of 26 shots and was named the second star of the game.
Nolan Collins (Pittsburgh Penguins), with a goal and an assist was selected as the first star and defenseman Dylan Robinson, who had one assist was the third star.
Marcus Limpar-Lantz scored his 12th goal and Nolan Burke (Nashville Predators), Ethan Ritchie and DelBelBelluz had single assists. LImpar-Lantz has points in five of his last six games (1-5-6), Burke ran his point streak to five games (3-4-7) and has points in 12 of his last 14 games (9-10-19), DelBelBelluz extended his point streak to six games (7-4-11) and Ritchie has points in five of his last six games (3-7-10) as well.
Nicholas Surzycia, got the start tonight and turned in a very solid performance, stopping 19 of 22 shots.
Sarnia out-shot Sudbury overall 26-22.
A slow starting first period for Sarnia. The Wolves scored early at the 56 second mark on a goal from Collins with Landon McCallum drawing the lone assist. The Sting shut down the Wolves attack from there, limiting Sudbury to only eight shots on goal in total. Sarnia was strong on the penalty kill, especially on the second of two Wolves man-advantages, as they held them with no shots on goal. The Sting offensively could only muster four shots on net with two of those coming late in the period on their only opportunity with the man-advantage.
The second period started with a quick strike from the Sting as they evened the score at 1-1 at 1:50. Limpar-Lantz came out of a corner scrum with the puck and beat Wolves goaltender Nate Krawchuk on the glove side with assists going to both Burke and Ritchie. The score remained tied for quite a long time until Sudbury scored twice within two minutes. Chase Coughlan put the Wolves back in front at 13:47 from Dylan Robinson and Collins and shortly after at 15:24 Quentin Musty broke in alone and beat Surzycia to put the Wolves up 3-1 heading into the third period. Evan Konyen and Ethan Larmand were credited with the helpers. The shots in the second period were close, 10-9 in favor of the Wolves.