13 Goals Scored As Sting Edge Colts In Thrilling Win
By Carl Chimenti
The Sarnia Sting gutted out a thrilling win, coming from behind numerous times to beat the Barrie Colts 7-6, Wednesday night in front of 3,250 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
The Sting faced a two-goal deficit three times 4-2,5-3 and 6-4 in the game scoring three goals in the third period to pick up a very important two points, as they pulled to within four points of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Rookie goaltender Logan Phillips played a pivotal part in the win, coming in relief of starting goaltender Nick Surzycia – 16 seconds into the third period and stopped all 10 shots he faced in his OHL debut, picking up his first career win in the Ontario Hockey League.
It was a team effort for the Sting as they received point contributions from 10 different players. Jacob LeBlanc was the first star of the game for Sarnia with a four-point night that featured a pair of goals including the game winner on the power-play at 12:12 of the third period. Tyson Doucette, who was selected as the third star, who along with Mitch Young, captain Cooper Way, and Sandis Vilmanis (Florida Panthers) each chipped in with a goal and an assist. Dennis Lominac also scored once. Marko Sikic had three assists. Andrew LeBlanc and James Barr with his first multiple point game in the OHL, had a pair of helpers.
Barr has a goal and three points (1-2-3) in his last two games. Lukas Fischer added an assist in the win. The Sting scored three goals on the power-play in five chances despite being out-shot 35-30. Surzycia played 40:16 and registered 19 saves on 25 shots, opposite Colt starter Sam Hillebrandt (52:12) with 22 saves on 29 shots and his relief Ben West who played the final 6:33, facing one shot which he turned away. Roenick Jodoin was named the second star as he scored two goals for the Colts. Cole Beaudoin and Beau Jelsma had a goal and an assist. Connor Punnett and Carter Lowe pitched in with two helpers for the Colts.
Sarnia grabbed a 2-1 lead after the first period on goals from a couple of defensemen. Sting leading scorer Jacob LeBlanc lit the lamp early at 3:48 getting hold of a loose puck in front after some good fore-checking on the part of the Sting and Leblanc let go a wrister that found the back of the net. Barrie wasted no time scoring the equalizer 23 seconds later on a goal from Jelsma, his 10th from Lowe and Punnett. The Sting went back in front late in the period at 16:55. Andrew LeBlanc did a good job on the cycle, dropping the puck too Fischer and he found Young with a pass and Young one-timed the puck past Colt netminder Hillebrandt. Barrie led on the shot clock 10-9 and both teams went 0/1 on the power-play.
The Colts out scored the Sting 4-2 in the second period. Grayson Tiller (2nd) at 1:17 opened the scoring. That was followed up on a power-play goal from Beaudoin (11th) at 3:22 and Chris Grisolia (2nd) at 8:20. Sarnia came back with a power-play of there own from Way. Jacob LeBlanc fed a short pass to Barr, who was just inside the blue line and he let go a blast that was deflected from in front by the captain to close the gap at 4-3. Jacob LeBlanc and Wainwright assisted on the goal. Barrie scored once more on a goal from Jodoin (7th) at 12:51. Once again Sarnia trimmed the Colt lead back to a goal scoring an even strength goal at 15:10. Lominac came out of the penalty box and received a drop pass from Doucette and Lominac scored with a shot low to the ice that caught the far side of the net, with Doucette and Sikic assisting on the goal. Barrie out-shot Sarnia 14-8 and both teams went 1/1 with the man-advantage.