Sting Spook Wolves & Treat Fans to 2 Points
By Carl Chimenti
Angus MacDonell, scored three times to help lead the Sarnia Sting (6-4-1-0) to a 6-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Friday night in front of 2,734 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
MacDonell’s hat-trick was a first for the Sting this season, but it was his second goal of the night that had everyone buzzing. “I was gassed from a long shift in the D-Zone,” said a water drenched MacDonell, care of his teammates, in the post-game interview, with Sting TV play by play announcer Terry Doyle. “Hoover set it up and I was just looking to get it deep and goaltender Joe Ranger mis-played it and it went between his legs”.
The goal actually hit the heel of Ranger’s stick and went in for an all-important insurance goal.
Sarnia scored three goals (actually four but Namestnikov’s goal was dis-allowed on an off-side ruling) in the first 15 minutes of the game and then added three more in the final five minutes of the game for the win.
MacDonell’s first goal came on a tip-in, from in front of the net, on a wrist shot from the blue-line, off the stick of Chandler Romeo (Ottawa Senators) at 2”46 of the first period. Tyson Doucette put the Sting up 2-0 at 10:33 with his second goal of the season from Austin Harper (first point of the season). Cooper Way also assisted on the goal, his first assist as a member of the Sting, since being acquired in a trade from the Oshawa Generals.
Sarnia defenseman Joshua Hoover showed his former team from Sudbury a little revenge, as he wrapped up the first period scoring for the Sting, with an unassisted highlight reel goal that started in his own end with a mad solo dash. The goal coming at 14:26. It was Hoover’s first career OHL goal and he was named the third star of the game with a two-point effort.
Sudbury scored once late in the first period on a goal from Kieron Walton and then pulled to with-in one goal at 3-2 from a Djibril Toure marker at 8:28 of the second period.
That was as close as Sudbury would come as Ben Gaudreau (San Jose Sharks) shut the door, making save after save. In all Gaudreau turned aside 27 of 29 shots.
The third period remained tight until the three-goal explosion that broke the game wide open. Namestnikov, was rewarded from the many chances and strong game that he played, with his fourth goal of the season, which was sandwiched between two more goals from MacDonell, who was named first star of the game.
Porter Martone notched his fourth assist on the year on MacDonell third goal of the game.
Sarnia out-shot Sudbury 35-29 and both teams went 0/2 on the power-play.