Owen Sound Ends Sarnia Win Streak, Beating Sting 6-2
By Carl Chimenti
The Owen Sound Attack snapped the Sarnia Sting three game win streak with a 6-2 win, Wednesday night, at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
Sarnia pulled to with in one goal 3-2, early in the third period but Owen Sound responded with three straight goals to snuff out a potential rally. Despite the loss the Sting maintained their slim one point lead over Flint for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference as the Firebirds were beaten at home against the London Knights.
A couple of Sting players scored, putting an end to their goal-less streaks. Easton Wainwright with his seventh broke a 14 game drought and Mitch Young’s seventh, snapped his streak at 11 games. Wainwright’s goal did extend his point streak to four games (1-5-6). Both Captain Cooper Way and Nathan Omeri had one assist each to extend their individual point streaks. Way has a current four game run, (1-3-4) and Omeri extended his streak to three games (1-2-3). Ryan Brown and Carson Hall also contributed one assist each.
With the win, Owen Sound swept the season series, winning all four games. Deni Goure led the way with a first star performance, with three points, that included two goals. Second star Ethan Burroughs had a goal and an assist. Madden Steen was the third star with one goal. Colby Barlow (Winnipeg Jets) also had a goal and an assist. Servic Petrovsky (Minnesota Wild) added two assists.
In goal, Nick Surzycia was busy stopping 35 of 41 shots while Carter George came up with 27 saves as the Attack out-shot the Sting 41-29. Special teams saw Sarnia go one for two with the man-advantage. Owen Sound scored once on the power-play and added a short-handed goal as well. Sarnia will return home for a pair of games, beginning Friday night against the Erie Otters and Saturday night vs the Guelph Storm, with puck drop at 7:05pm.
In what was an evenly played first period, both teams skated off tied at 1-1. Owen Sound scored first with a power-play goal at 7:35 from Goure, with Sam Sedley and Burroughs assisting. Sarnia wasted no time in tying the game, less then two minutes later with a power-play goal of their own at 9:15. Wainwright first drew the minor penalty on the Attack and shortly after scored the goal with a wrist shot that went inside the post on George’s glove side. Omeri and Way assisted on the scoring play. Surzycia was hot, keeping his team in the game stopping 12 of 13 shots including a tremendous glove save mid-way through on Antonia Tersigni and he followed that up with a beautiful kick save in the final seconds on Cedrick Guindon (Montreal Canadiens).
Sarnia posted 11 shots on goal. Owen Sound scored twice in the second period to take a 3-1 lead after forth minutes. Steen put the Attack up for good 2-1 with an even strength goal at 8:54 from Guindon and Konnor Smith (Anaheim Ducks). The third Attack goal was a shirt-handed marker that was scored unassisted from Burroughs and it came late at 18:34. Sarnia had the only power-play chance, putting up three shots but failed to score. Owen Sound was one better on the shot clock 11-10.